By Jimmy Cunningham, howiGit New York Writer, Manhattan, NY
Last week Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings said of playing in the NFL, “It’s like modern day slavery, you know?” Since then other players have come out to back Peterson’s claims. This is moronic for two reasons. One for the simple fact of what he said. If modern day slavery is getting paid $10.2 million from your “owner,” including medical benefits, trainers to nurse your injuries, massage therapists to make your muscles feel better, and stays in 5-star hotels, then sign me up. Rashard Mendenhall of the Steelers was one of the players to back the Peterson quote by stating “Anyone with (knowledge) of the slave trade and the NFL could say that these two parallel each other … [Peterson] is correct in his (analogy) of this game. It is a lot deeper than most people understand.” Apparently Mendenhall is not one of the people with knowledge of the slave trade. In the slave trade those slaves were taken from their home and forced to work with consequences of beatings or worse. Today’s “modern day slaves” chose to play for pay and are not happy that they aren’t getting a higher cut of revenues.
To be fair other players have come out against Peterson, my favorite quote coming from Ryan Grant of the Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers; “Their is unfortunately actually still slavery existing in this world. Literal modern day slavery. [Peterson's] was a very misinformed statement. I understand what point he was trying to make. I just feel like he should have been advised a little differently.” Thank you Ryan for having some semblance of sense.
The second reason that this is moronic is because of where the players stand right now in the labor dispute. It seems as if the players have the support of the fans and the media. The owners tried a sneaky deal with their TV contracts and that was shut down. The
players used their very powerful decertification card to really put the pressure on the owners. Jerry Richardson proved to be as moronic as Peterson by poking fun at Peyton Manning and Drew Brees. For the first time in the history of professional sports labor
disputes the public is favoring the players. It would seem for the players to get what they want all they have to do is shut up. Literally shut your mouths for a few months.
Turn off your twitter accounts, say no to radio interviews, and stay off television. The players that have been leading this fight against the owners have to be livid at Peterson and his backers. If these players can keep their mouths shut and not get the public upset by comparing themselves to slaves while being millionaires (in a bad economy, no less) they will win. They have the public, the media, and so far the law backing them. The only thing standing in their way is themselves and their mouths. Shut up and win. We will see if they are capable of that.