Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson caused a stir with recent comments he made comparing the NFL labor situation to “modern-day slavery.”
“It’s modern-day slavery, you know?” Peterson said to Yahoo! Sports. “People kind of laugh at that, but there are people working at regular jobs who get treated the same way, too. With all the money … the owners are trying to get a different percentage, and bring in more money. I understand that; these are business-minded people. Of course this is what they are going to want to do. I understand that; it’s how they got to where they are now. But as players, we have to stand our ground and say, ‘Hey — without us, there’s no football.'”
Au contraire, Sir-Fumbles-A-Lot. I guess you never attended class at Oklahoma, did you? And maybe not even before that, either.
NFL “owners” don’t own you like slaves were owned a few hundred years ago. They own businesses. You, as a player under contract, are an employee earning hefty wages. Slaves weren’t paid millions of dollars to play a game.
Secondly, you and your fellow players need to stop spreading false notions through the media about how important a role you play. You’re deliberately trying to sway the court of public opinion in your favor and it’s not working on me, that’s for sure.
All together now, one more time (for now, at least): “Without fans, there are no professional sports. Without owners, there are no leagues or franchises. Without players… there are still more players waiting to play.”
The proof? When players retire or move on to life after football, the league doesn’t stop operating and fans don’t stop watching. There’s a new wave of athletes who step in and the sport becomes stronger as it goes.
You’re replaceable, AP, whether you like it or not. So quit wasting time and give us fans our football back!