In an interview with Doug Farrar of Yahoo's Shutdown Corner just before the NFLPA decertified, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson made a controversial comment about the NFL labor situation. Specifically: "It's modern-day slavery, you know?"
(No, Adrian, we actually don't really know.)
The Huffington Post reports:
"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," Peterson continued. "The owners are trying to get a different percentage, and bring in more money."
… When asked about the owners not showing their financial information, Peterson suggested that they are hiding something.
" 'Well, show us.' We want more information, and they want to bull****, going around, saying this and that, just open it up and give us the information we want. If they have nothing to hide, just give us the information," the 25-year-old said. "Why not? Obviously, there's a lot to hide — these guys are professionals, and they're maximizing what they do."
Unfortunately, this embarrassingly inaccurate comparison to one of the worst parts of our country's history (we must have missed the part about slavery where our ancestors freely and voluntarily made millions of dollars) will invalidate any legitimate points Peterson may have made about the negotiations.
But the interviewer — who doesn't appear to have anything to apologize for — seems to be the only one backpedaling on Peterson's behalf. He took out the quote shortly after publishing, tweeted that he wanted to give Peterson an opportunity to explain and described the comment as "a real misstep."
Read more at the Huffington Post.
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