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Mendenhall has Peterson's back on slavery claim

Posted on: March 16, 2011 9:53 am
Edited on: March 16, 2011 9:53 am
R. Mendenhall agreed with some of A. Peterson's slavery comments (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

You might have seen Vikings RB Adrian Peterson’s comments from Tuesday when he referred to the NFL as “modern day slavery,” which then caused a big sigh from just about everybody else in the world when they heard it.

You might feel that a dude who’s scheduled to make about $10 million next season is overstating his opinion (just a bit, anyway) with a comment like that.

While some, like Packers RB Ryan Grant, have taken exception to Peterson’s statement – Grant makes the point that there is, you know, still ACTUAL slavery in the world – Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall sees Peterson’s point.

Writes Mendenhall on his Twitter page (this transcript, by the way, is presented unedited and strung together over about 10 different updates): “@AdrianPeterson Anyone with knowledege of the slave trade and the NFL could say that these two parallel eachother. If you look back and disect what I said, I ddnt say that the NFL was slavery, I said that they parallel eachother. Look up the word parallel. This means that they're not the same thing, but they run the same course. These paths will never cross, but they mirror eachother. I could break down how, but that would take an amount of ideology and big words that a lot of you wouldn't understand.

“Learn to LISTEN before you pass judgement. Because speaking without knowledge of subject is truly ignorant. Outside of the dollar amounts you see on tv, you don't know what's going on with the innerworkings of this buisness. I don't know what goes on at your job. But how dumb would I sound if I read about it in the newspaper and tried to tell you what's going on? Its bigger than what you people on the outside see on sundays, see on ESPN, read about in the paper. Just like any job, any business anywhere. Really think about that.”

Since Peterson is traveling to Africa, his agent, Ben Dogra, was left cleaning up some of the mess.

"I think anybody that knows Adrian knows that Adrian is a very strong-willed and passionate individual," Dogra told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "The game means an awful lot to him. People should not just take his statements per se word by word. It's a difficult time. He would love to play. I'm sure that everybody would love to see football continue in the NFL and I'm sure at some point it will get resolved. But Adrian, that's what makes him great. He's soft-spoken but if he has something on his mind he'll speak it. But I think nobody should really look at those words and take them out of context."

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Since: Nov 17, 2006
Posted on: March 17, 2011 12:36 am

Mendenhall has Peterson's back on slavery claim

If you feel the NFL is slavery, then find another gig

Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: March 17, 2011 12:02 am

Mendenhall has Peterson's back on slavery claim

How many businesses are there that would agree to their employees taking 60% of the revenue?
I imagine that a good fraction of corporations use more than 60% of their revenue on payroll.  I'm not bothering to take sides in this crap, other than to shoot down half-witted morons like Peterson and Mendenhall, but unless that 60% number is really out of line with profitability, there is no reason to dismiss that request out of hand. 

Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: March 16, 2011 11:57 pm

Mendenhall has Peterson's back on slavery claim

These paths will never cross, but they mirror eachother. I could break down how, but that would take an amount of ideology and big words that a lot of you wouldn't understand.
Try me, you dope.

Allow me to explain:
-Slaves don't get paid
-slaves can't quit
-slaves are subject to physical punishment, not just fines
-and oh yeah, slaves don't get paid

Any parallels to the slave trade are incidental and do not in any way inform what the players should and should not get.  The only ignorant people here are the prats like Mendenhall and Peterson who think that they have perspective when in reality they've been coddled every day of their lives because of their aptitude at playing a game.  Just shut up, both of you.

Since: Feb 19, 2011
Posted on: March 16, 2011 11:34 pm

Mendenhall has Peterson's back on slavery claim

both mendenhall and peterson should worry more about holding on to the football than shooting off their mouths. they're both overrated punks.

Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: March 16, 2011 11:21 pm

Mendenhall has Peterson's back on slavery claim

If you read what they are trying to say, they are absolutly right.  If you think throwing slavery in the conversation is stupid, you are right.  Adrian is a very good man.  I'm sure he wishes he could pull back a word or two fom his comments.  It's done. let's move on.  Get this sh-t done so we can all watch football this fall.

Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: March 16, 2011 11:13 pm

Mendenhall has Peterson's back on slavery claim

Contrary to popular believe, some of these players are intelligent, not just athletic  bafoons.

The problem is most of the people that find these comments outrageous aren't intelligent enough to see how they do have a point.  Either that they are to lazy/ignorant to get all of the facts.  I don't even know all of what the owners do but it seems to me that the owners are trying to stiff the players and its pretty obvious from my point of view.  I know that there are some who just have a different ideology who are intelligent and will disagree with me. 

But is it really that hard to see?
Just to give some examples and break down what the slavery has in common with the NFL.
In the slave trade slaves were often traded and sold as property with no say so whatsoever.  In the NFL players can be traded at a moments notice without any consent.

Slaves bodies were beathen and broken in their work.  NFL players beat and break their bodies in their line of work.

Slaves were often stood up on a stage while owners picked which ones they wanted.  The NFL has the NFL Draft.  

That is just from what I can look from the outside looking in and observe.  Do the players make a lot of money?  Sure, but its only fair that they make that money.  When its a 9 billion dollar industry with only about 1700 employees, there is money to go around.  I just believe that the owners shouldn't be the only ones making money.  Some of you believe the players should make 50k a year while the owners pull in 500 million dollars every year(estimate).  I'm sorry I don't believe in reagan economics, that money will not trickle down, it will sit in their bank account.  There is greed on both sides but the  owners take the cake.  If you are a billionaire you shouldn't be complaining about not making 'enough' money.  Its clear thats the case sense the owners don't want to open the books.  (Whether what they showed the NFLPA was the legitamite books or not is up for debate.)  I don't think enough can argue that the owners are in the red.  They are in the black and everyone knows it, they just want to make more money.  I just think they should persue other avenues to accomplish that goal, instead of cutting player salary.  If 9 billion isn't enough then what is? 
WOW is all I can say -- You do realize that slaves didn't have a choice?  Who are forcing these guys to play football?  Pure ignorance.  Slaves weren't paid millions to play a GAME.  Players are.  I don't see how someone can even have these thought processes.

I have a question -- I have to work long hours -- Am I a modern day slave?  I'm tired and sore after work -- Does that make me a slave?  I got transferred to a different office last year with no notice?  Does that mean I am a modern day slave, as they were traded? 

I work for a Fortune 500 company -- my next employee review, should I demand for them to open their books and explain to them I am going to need some more concessions.  Let these guys join the REAL WORLD.

GIVE ME A BREAK.  These guys drive cars that cost more than the vast majority pay for their HOUSE.  The NFL players are so poorly treated -- Must be rough to be able to spend 100,000 dollars for a SINGLE NIGHT at the bar like the Viking OL did a month ago.

Comparing a once in a lifetime opportunity that these athletes dream about -- The NFL draft to slavery takes the cake though.  That could be one of the most ridiculous comments I have read on this board.  I'm going out on a limb and saying the slaves didn't dream about becoming slaves.  Just a shot in the dark though. 

Since: Mar 9, 2011
Posted on: March 16, 2011 11:08 pm

Mendenhall has Peterson's back on slavery claim

Yeah it's crazy that these guys think they know better than the nfl execs. Peterson is in the top 5% of earners in America, and sure, he has to work hard, the nfl isn't an easy gig. There are plenty of people who work harder, longer and get more wrapped in work than AP does, they don't call it "slavery", it's the "grind" it's "life"

Since: Dec 19, 2008
Posted on: March 16, 2011 11:07 pm

Mendenhall has Peterson's back on slavery claim

TJF..... You got it right!

Since: Jan 19, 2009
Posted on: March 16, 2011 11:04 pm

Mendenhall has Peterson's back on slavery claim

How many businesses are there that would agree to their employees taking 60% of the revenue? None. I understand that these owners are billionaires, but it also takes hundreds of millions of dollars to run a billion dollar business. I don't know the details concerning the financial battle - only the insiders do. If the players are fighting for the money because it goes toward maintaining health care for retired players who have battered their brains and bodies when they played the game, them I'm all for it. If they're simply fighting to pad a greedy pocket, then they can walk. The NFL, along with all major sports, stopped being a "game" a LONG, LONG time ago. It's all BUSINESS in today's world, and these players are EMPLOYEES, whether they like it or not. I say give the owners their extra billion off the top and the players should make their 7 or 8-figure salary work! The owners also MUST have a rookie salary cap, as the salaries for rookie contracts are way out of control. That money should be passed on to the veteran players who have proven themselves on the field in the NFL - NOT college! The players' safety should be of concern for those suiting up on Sundays. Make sure your pension is funded adequately, that there will be funds for medical benefits during and after your playing days and keep the season at 16 games so that former players can walk at age 50 and live past age 60! There - sign on the dotted line, please? Next case!

Since: Mar 16, 2011
Posted on: March 16, 2011 11:00 pm

Mendenhall has Peterson's back on slavery claim

You're an idiot. There is no comparison cause slaves didn't have a choice, these guys do. That ends all comparisons. Sometimes I have to work 10-16 hr days. I'm so drained and mentally dead when I get home, does that make me a slave too? ANY attempt to create a connection between the two is 100% ignorant and a play with words.

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