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Editorial : In Defense of Adrian Peterson

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 Adrian Peterson is $10.2 million dollar slave. Not because of a comment he made in a recent interview with Yahoo Sports, refering to the current NFL lockout as ”Modern day slavery”, but because of the backlash he is recieving for having an opinion. Apparently, Adrian Peterson is only allowed to dress in tights on Sundays and score touchdowns; he isn’t suppose to have a mind of his own. He isn’t suppose to have emotions. He’s only allowed to be exploited by a league that under pays it’s players severly. For the sake of arguement: How is Adrian Peterson wrong?

 On paper, it’s hard to pity someone that makes millions of dollars for playing a child’s game, but the NFL’s value is beyond any child’s allowance. The NFL is a money making juggernaut in America. In 2008, Forbes magazine reported that the average NFL team is worth $1 billion. So, respectfully, Adrian Peterson and company aren’t recieving their overall worth in a league that makes so much revenue. Oh, and let’s not forget how expendable NFL players are. The average NFL career lasts barely 3 years. Owners are also able to cut players whenever, and player money isn’t guranteed.   

 And with all of the brouhaha over Adrian’s remarks, no one has read a full transcript of the interview; it’s simply a blurb used on headlines. No one has given him the benifet of the doubt of explaining his choice of words. Maybe he was using the metaphor of the plantation to the NFL? In William C. Rhoden’s  best selling book, Forty Million Dollar Slave, he interviews billionaire Bob Johnson. Bob Johnson questions the title of the book by saying,

”I’m not sure making $12 million a year playing 82 games of basketball is called a plnatation. If it is, I know a whole lot of folks that want to be on that plantation.”

And that’s an honest assessment. But, when you examine the fact that all of the owners are white, the coaches work for white owners, and the industry of the NFL is ran by white owners, the plantation analogy works. All of the people that exercise power over the players of the NFL are white, and the players feel or believe that the owners are taking more value out of them than what owners are putting in.

At the end of the day, the only color that matters in this dispute between the NFL player’s union and NFL owners is green. Adrian’s opinion might have been brash, maybe even misinformed, but who are we to judge him for having an opinion when we don’t know the entire story? If you don’t support Peterson’s stance, you have to support his honesty and passion of the situation. Black players have become the face of major team sports, isn’t it time that they start talking like it?

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Written by demon53

March 21, 2011 at 4:46 pm

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  1. I understand Adrian Peterson’s blatant honest feelings about the process. However, the media as always has a way of taking something out of context and presenting it in a fashion to suit their interests. Personally, I feel somethings are just better kept off not being said…with the rollercoaster economy, now three wars being fought…these players and owners are being viewed as greedy opportunists. The process of neogations is beginning to wear on the players and race fueled comments by Adrian Peterson won’t help the matter. I hope he’s learned something.

    craig smith

    March 22, 2011 at 7:50 am


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