Thursday, March 17, 2011

10 Million Dollar Slaves

As the labor talks between the team owners in the National Football League and the representatives of the NFL Players Union have dragged on, some players have weighed in on the negotiations. Star NFL running back Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings had this astute analysis to make;
" It's 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."

Hey, maybe Adrian is right.  Being a slave in mid 19th century America and being a professional athlete in America today are practically indistinguishable. So to help us understand the subtle difference, I put together some pictures. Please look closely to see the's hard to tell at first.

This is Adrian Peterson traveling

These are slaves traveling

Where Adrian Peterson lives.....

...and where slaves lived.

This is Adrian Peterson riding into his hometown(during the annual "Adrian Peterson day" parade in Palestine, Texas. Yes, there is an actual day he is honored every year)

These are slaves leaving their hometown.

This is how much money (roughly) Adrian Peterson made (not including endorsements) in 2010; a sweet 10.72 million dollars. I will leave the next picture blank to illustrate how much slaves make.

If a season goes poorly for the Vikings and they don't make the playoffs, well that's just more time for Adrian to host parties.

Here's what happened to slaves if things were perceived to be going poorly.

It's when comments like this are made that I pray to God that one day time travel is made possible, if only for situations like this one to become reality.

But anyways, you get the point. Comparing being an NFL player and the horrifying injustices of slavery is hardly likening apples to oranges. However, we should judge ourselves for taking Peterson's comments seriously as much as we judge him for making a fool of himself in an interview. Why does society listen to athletes talk anyway? They're paid to consistently perform a difficult and rare athletic skill, not pontificate on matters of the day. Counting on Adrian Peterson to make a polished statement about labor talks is about as logical as counting on Tiger Woods to accurately predict the weather or Peyton Manning to describe quantum physics. They can't do it and they shouldn't be expected to, because it's not their job

Besides, Peterson isn't the only celebrity who's known to blow their personal struggles out of proportion

Though no one in particular comes to mind

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