Minnesota Vikings runningback Adrian Peterson has spewed something out of his mouth during a recent interview that there may be no coming back from.
With the NFL lockout four days in, Peterson was interviewed for a Yahoo! Sports article and was quoted comparing the NFL to modern day slavery.
When asked about the current labor situation, Peterson responded to the interviewer by saying,
“It’s modern-day slavery, you know? 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.’ There are so many different perspectives from different players, and obviously we’re not all on the same page — I don’t know. I don’t really see this going to where we’ll be without football for a long time; there’s too much money lost for the owners. Eventually, I feel that we’ll get something done.”
Maybe an ill-advised choice of words coming from someone who is slated to make more than $10 million dollars next year, but it can be assumed the point to be made was that the owners are making so much money off of the players, and trying to do whatever it takes to make more.
Most fans would probably take a players side with the labor talks, but most fans would also wish for whatever results would cause them to miss the least amount,or no football games next season.
A preliminary court date has been set for the beginning of April, but NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has stated on Tuesday that he believes the issues will be resolved at the labor table, and not with litigation.
Do you guys think Adrian Peterson’s comments were a little too much?