Just before the NFLPA decertified last week, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson had some inflammatory words for the current NFL labor situation during an interview he took part in with Doug Farrar of Yahoo’s Shutdown Corner.
“It’s modern-day slavery, you know?” Peterson said. “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.”
Peterson then suggested that the owners were hiding something in terms of their financial books after the NFL claimed it was losing money, which was part of its reasoning for wanting a 18-game schedule.
“Well, show us.’ We want more information, and they want to bull-ish, going around, saying this and that, just open it up and give us the information we want,” the 25-year old Peterson said. “If they have nothing to hide, just give us the information. Why not? Obviously, there’s a lot to hide — these guys are professionals, and they’re maximizing what they do.”
Peterson is right about the league’s handling of this labor dispute. Their actions up to this point have been very suspect. But to say that the league is a form of modern day slavery seems to be a horrible miscalculation on Peterson’s part.
Despite the differences in revenue sharing between the league and its players, the players are not exactly on a bread line…or working as sharecroppers to better illustrate Peterson’s accusation.
Peterson himself signed a 6-year, $40.5 million contract in 2007. With “only” $17 million guaranteed.