Posted on March 16, 2011

Peterson: NFL Is Like ‘Modern-Day Slavery’

Adam Caplan, Comcast News, March 15, 2011

The NFL labor situation is “modern-day slavery,” according to Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson.

The running back’s explosive comments were quoted in a Yahoo! Sports story last Friday, the same day the NFL Players Association decertified and the NFL owners subsequently locked out the players.

Peterson vented his anger about the owners refusing to open their financial books.


But Peterson didn’t stop there. Many NFL players feel that they aren’t being treated as business partners, but Peterson chose a different term for the treatment.

“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.”