The Millionaire Slave?

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I’ll admit that I don’t know much about Adrian Peterson.  I’ve seen him in a commercial for a cell phone company and I know that he plays for the Minnesota Vikings.  After reading an article posted about him on twincities.com, I’m ready to use some rather insulting words to describe him.  While the author describes him as soft spoken and thoughtful, I am finding it rather difficult to avoid characterizing him as arrogant and spoiled.

Of course I don’t know what it is like to play professional football, heck any professional sport for that matter.  I can imagine that there is a monumental amount of pressure to perform as well as the need to keep your body in the best of shape because it is what you rely on to make your money.  I suppose if  one were so inclined, one could make the argument that like slavery, owners of the NFL teams make money by buying the talents of the best players to make their team the strongest, all the while only giving the players a fraction of what the owners earn from the players efforts.  I suppose if one were so inclined, one could make ANY argument or analogy out of ANYTHING and but it would make Adrian’s statement no less idiotic!

Making the comparison between collective bargaining agreements between players and owners breaking down and slavery is the most ridiculous thing that I’ve heard in quite a while.  Adrian Peterson is set to make $10,720,000 for the 2011-2012 football season, without endorsements or a playoff run.

Adrian, I don’t care how much you feel is owed to you or that you believe that without you and your fellow players, there would be no league.  Fine, leave go get a different job, a regular 8-5  like the rest of us who earn nowhere near $10.72 million in ONE YEAR!  While you may be right that without the football players there is no league, without the owners and businessmen in the front office, you wouldn’t make anywhere near the amount of money that you’ve been able to pull in.  Stop acting like a big baby!  You are not a Wisconsin teacher and you don’t have the right to continue to demand money simply because you want it.

If you want to have a team and run it differently than the current owners, save up your dollars and buy your freedom.

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