Well it hasn’t taken long for me to take sides in the labor dispute between the NFL and the “trade” union. First there is the rumor that the players association want all top draft picks to boycott the NFL draft in New York starting on April 28th. These high draft picks deserve to have their time to shine before a national audience; be introduced, put on the jersey and hug the commissioner. The union has no right to ask these kids to give up a chance they’ll never get again.
And then there’s that knuckle head Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings. He compared the NFL work stoppage to slavery. This is what he said: “Its modern-day slavery, you know? 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. I understand that; these are business-minded people. Of course this is what they are going to want to do. I understand that; it’s how they got to where they are now. But as players, we have to stand our ground and say, ‘Hey — without us, there’s no football.’ (Forbes, 3/17/11)
There is no comparison between the two. How can you compare people being forced from their homeland, put on ships and placed into bondage and tortured? You can’t. I just have one thing to say to you Mr. Peterson; I’ll gladly take your “bondage”. I’ll also be more than happy to trade jobs with you. I would love to be a “slave” making what you make a year. If I told my boss to open up the company books, I’d get fired and laughed at out the door.
I knew this strike/work stoppage/lockout or whatever you want to call it would get ugly; but I didn’t think it would have players stooping as low as Peterson did in saying what he said. In my last blog I said I wasn’t taking sides, for all its worth, I’m for the owners now.