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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: Feb 10, 2011
Posted on: March 16, 2011 10:49 pm
 

Mendenhall has Peterson's back on slavery claim

It is an insult to the people who actually suffered through slavery, that these clowns would compare their multi-million dollar careers to slavery. There is no comparison you can make only idiotic analogies. NFL players have a choice to play or not, slaves had no choice. NFL players get millions per year and own mansions. Slaves lived in shacks and were barely given the basic necessities while working daylight to dark with no pay. After their contracts NFL players can go into free agency and get bigger contracts. Slaves stayed with the same master until death or until they were sold. Anyone who can actually see a correlation between the two has to be a tremendous awfully niave or a complete idiot. If Adrian was so concerned about the game he would work to get his fellow players to sit and bargain with the owners in good faith. Obviously this farce decertification move shows they didn't ever plan to bargain in good faith. I hope you players sit out and go broke.



Since: Mar 16, 2011
Posted on: March 16, 2011 10:48 pm
 

Mendenhall has Peterson's back on slavery claim

How can anyone have the audacity to compare or say " They run parallel to each other"? that shows absolutely no repect for the individuals that were traded as slaves, abused and even killed by the people who traded them. So to me does show a tremendous amount of ignorance or self deserving attitudes these athletes have. Jesus! So should i say working at xyz company is like Hitler persecuting the Jews cause my boss treats me that way?? The players did not build the league, they dont market or spend millions of dollars promoting the NFL. Trust me when i say if Mendenhall or AD doesnt like the way the owners do things QUIT! there are millions of kids growing up in this country that would be more than happy to play for half the money the guys make(and would do just as good if not better). Let me go to my boss and say let me see your books! You know what he would say? im sure you do. The NFL is like slavery? What an insult, and im white!



Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: March 16, 2011 10:31 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? 



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: March 16, 2011 10:08 pm
 

Mendenhall has Peterson's back on slavery claim

Wow, just when you thought NFL players couldn't say anything more stupid, up steps Mendenhall. The more they talk, the dumber they sound and the more the owners come off as sympathetic. It's truly amzing how the association "formerly known" as the NFLPA can do worse PR. They contact the agents of NFL draftees and lobby for them to skip the draft and now their players have the temerity to compare their position to that of slavery. Unreal.

They better hope they win in court or they're in big-time trouble. If that case drags on, they may do themselves irreparable harm just tweeting.



Since: Mar 16, 2011
Posted on: March 16, 2011 10:07 pm
 

Mendenhall has Peterson's back on slavery claim

AMEN!!! You took the words right out of my mouth. Come on man! Hey AD and Mendenhall come work at my job, we can start ya at 12.50 and hour full benefits and PTO. Now you have to be there on time and do your job, none of this running around playing with a leather football and spending MILLIONS of dollars on the weekends...His comments prove how out of touch with reality these athletes really are. i mean pay an electric bill, how about groceries and day care, what a moron! Shut up and play football, and by the way tell that idiot Mawae (NFLPA) he is a joke!!!!!



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: March 16, 2011 10:06 pm
 

Mendenhall has Peterson's back on slavery claim

AP and Mendy are correct....to a degree. All those who think playing in the NFL is a lottery you need to reply "no comment" from now on.  There is amount of pressure that you will never understand and because they are held at a hero's level for playing a game it only adds that much more pressure. When was the last time you did something stupid and within 24 hours the entire nation knew about it and it was up for debate on radio talk shows and so called experts? That's right never, so shut it. Im sick of people giving these players hero status and then they are ready to completely tear them apart when they find out they are human. BTW, what type of lottery would you want that shortens your life span by 20 years? None that ive heard of. The owners are old fat guys wanting more bucks for doing nothing, screw them.

AP, I will listen to your comments anytime!

Grizz



I agree there is a ton of pressure on these guys. However one thing you overlook. It was THEIR CHOICE to play pro sports. They can also quit whenever. Now while it is unfair that when they screw up for the smallest thing it is reported almost instantly it again comes down to being their choice. One old time saying fits really well here "If ya cant stand the heat,get out of the effin kitchen". Common sense 101.



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: March 16, 2011 10:01 pm
 

Mendenhall has Peterson's back on slavery claim

I know Adrian probably meant that the owners see him and all other players as commodities rather human beings...so what? That is the way it is with every company out there just about. The problem is that none of us normal folks have the physical skills to allow us to become multi-millionaires for playing a sport. Dont get me wrong, I truly believe the players earn their share but to even talk about it in the same breath as slavery is just idiotic. I know Mendenhall says not to judge since we do not know the inner workings of the NFL but that is just a load of BS, they CHOSE to pursue the career of an NFL player and they can quit whenever they like. So I think the two of them should shut the hell up and deal with the slavery......morons.




Since: May 20, 2008
Posted on: March 16, 2011 9:59 pm
 

Mendenhall has Peterson's back on slavery claim

AP and Mendy are correct....to a degree. All those who think playing in the NFL is a lottery you need to reply "no comment" from now on.  There is amount of pressure that you will never understand and because they are held at a hero's level for playing a game it only adds that much more pressure. When was the last time you did something stupid and within 24 hours the entire nation knew about it and it was up for debate on radio talk shows and so called experts? That's right never, so shut it. Im sick of people giving these players hero status and then they are ready to completely tear them apart when they find out they are human. BTW, what type of lottery would you want that shortens your life span by 20 years? None that ive heard of. The owners are old fat guys wanting more bucks for doing nothing, screw them.

AP, I will listen to your comments anytime!

Grizz



Since: Mar 16, 2011
Posted on: March 16, 2011 9:47 pm
 

Mendenhall has Peterson's back on slavery claim

Hey AP and Mendenhall if you don't like the way you guy's are being treated quit and go get a real job.I'm sure you will be treated much better and get paid just as well.



Since: Oct 25, 2006
Posted on: March 16, 2011 9:47 pm
 

Mendenhall has Peterson's back on slavery claim

Its not the owners who pay them. It's stupid people like me spending money on the tickets. Its costs 500 bucks to 800 to go to a game with someone. The owners pass the cost of the players to us.


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