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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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Comments

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: March 16, 2011 9:21 pm
 

Mendenhall has Peterson's back on slavery claim

Mendenhall has Peterson's back?   Well, he is a dillweed also I guess




Since: Sep 11, 2008
Posted on: March 16, 2011 9:20 pm
 

Mendenhall has Peterson's back on slavery claim

yes massah, i carry de ball for ya massah.....oh please don't hit me again massah, I run fasta nest time.



Since: Sep 11, 2008
Posted on: March 16, 2011 9:18 pm
 

Mendenhall has Peterson's back on slavery claim

No comment..........and they wouldn't print it anyway.





Since: Mar 16, 2011
Posted on: March 16, 2011 8:46 pm
 

Mendenhall has Peterson's back on slavery claim

It's a metaphor and I totally agree, being an old rugby player myself.  He's talking about the way humans are viewed in a very inhumane sport.




Since: May 14, 2008
Posted on: March 16, 2011 8:45 pm
 

Mendenhall has Peterson's back on slavery claim

hey fluuid if you sign a contract without any professional proof that you will be succesful at that given level and you perform well for one year does that justify a holdout or renegotiation. this isn't the real world.



Since: Jan 21, 2008
Posted on: March 16, 2011 8:44 pm
 

Mendenhall has Peterson's back on slavery claim

Well slap my face and call me Toby!  I'd be glad work for the Rooneys.. one of the most repected owners in the NFL.. and get paid millions to do so.   Mendenhall doesn't know what he's saying... playing pro-football has NO parallel to slavery..  if anything, playing in the NFL is like winning the lottery .. now that's a parallel..   AP and Mendenhall.. you guys won the genetic lottery.. you guys get paid to run the ball not to analyze the NFL's labor situation.. next time say "no comment" .. and run the other way!


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Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: March 16, 2011 8:41 pm
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Since: May 14, 2008
Posted on: March 16, 2011 8:41 pm
 

Mendenhall has Peterson's back on slavery claim

are you stupid? they are worth whatever someone will pay them in a given profession. right now they are worth what NFL owners wll pay them. other league have tried and failed. ifthey want to play pro ball they only have one real choice. they could choose another profession and see what they are worth. what are you worth?



Since: May 24, 2009
Posted on: March 16, 2011 8:39 pm
 

Mendenhall has Peterson's back on slavery claim

Let me get this straight- We, the fans, are too stupid to understand how the NFL, with its million dollar contracts "parallels" slavery.  Sometimes a player should remember the old saying, "better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool, than to open it and remove all doubt."  Evry word these snobs utter drives me farther from ever investing my time and money furthering their servitude.



Since: Dec 11, 2008
Posted on: March 16, 2011 8:39 pm
 

Mendenhall has Peterson's back on slavery claim

You guys that are stuck on the $$ amount of the players are barking up the wrong tree.  Of course they make a ton of money.  That really has nothing to do with it. 

If you made "x" amount of money for your job, and the bosses told you we need you to work more hours, and we are going to take back things we negotiated to you before, and probably pay you a lower % in general, you would be pissed too.  Not to mention, you're probably not working in a job that has a very small window of time like the NFL. 

So the players are not crying because 10 million a year is not enough... they are complaining because they are being taken advantage of.  You would most likely do the same.

Otherwise bringing slavery or anything like that into the mix rarely goes over well.  Best to just avoid those comments.


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