By Justin Adkins:
It’s hard to imagine anyone could be such an ignorant jackass, but highly paid Eagles fullback Leonard Weaver has chosen to defy the odds. The generally affable and previously well-respected Weaver has likened the situation NFL players face in the ongoing labor battle to slavery.
“We as players want to make a statement that you know what, we love playing for you all, we love your owners, you know? We love you guys very much, but at the same time we need to see some equal opportunity here and stop treating us basically like Adrian Peterson said, like slaves,” Weaver recently said in an interview with csnphilly’s Derrick Gunn.
Weaver’s stupidity is of course built on the comments of an equally ridiculous asshole in the person of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who last week week spoke out against NFL owners regarding the league’s refusal to open their books.
“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.”
Yeah, that’s just like slavery.
Hopping on the moron train was Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall, who via Twitter attempted to prove that he is actually an even bigger jackass, hard as that is to comprehend.
“@AdrianPeterson is correct in his anology of this game. It is a lot deeper than most people understand. Anyone with knowledge of the slave trade and the NFL could say that these two parallel each other.”
Yes, the slave trade and the NFL paying athletes millions of dollars to play a game are, in fact, eerily similar. Good call.
These claims should be monumentally offensive to those of all races. Slavery is a stain on the legacy of humankind that goes back thousands and thousands of years, a blight that continues to destroy lives even today. Making these statements only serves to make a person sound like a petty crybaby with zero grasp on reality. Of course, pampered millionaire athletes generally tend to fall into that category so this type of unbelievable stupidity shouldn’t really be a surprise.
And really, these guys are only living up to the recent example provided by the primary suspect in the case of highly paid NFL players vs. Common Sense — Washington Redskins defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth, who last fall got the ball rolling with his own slavery comment.
“I guess in this world, we don’t have a lot of people with backbones. Just because somebody pay you money don’t mean they’ll make you do whatever they want. I mean, that means everything is for sale. I mean, I’m not for sale,” Haynesworth said, per the Washington Post. “Yeah, I signed the contract and got paid a lot of money, but just because, that don’t mean I’m for sale or a slave or whatever.”
No Al, slaves work and don’t get paid, you got paid and have done nothing. But I guess your hard luck troubles since signing that $100 million contract inspired Weaver to keep up the good fight for underprivileged millionaire athletes everywhere. Or something.
Weaver has since apologized, but once you say something that incredibly moronic you can’t really stuff the toothpaste back in the tube. As the NFL engages in it’s masochistic war between the rich and the richer, it’s complete garbage like this that makes it hard for Joe Fan to side with the players against the obviously greedy owners. No one busting their ass in the real world to provide for their family wants to hear this type of asinine rhetoric from these morons living in fantasy land.
All is not lost though for NFL fans, because at least some players haven’t lost their minds. Said Green Bay Packers running back Ryan Grant via Twitter regarding Peterson’s nonsense:
“I have to totally disagree with Adrian Peterson’s comparison to this situation being Modern day slavery. . . false. Their is unfortunately actually still slavery existing in our world.. Literal modern day slavery.. That was a very misinformed statement. I understand what point he was trying to make.. I just feel like he should have been advised a little differently.”
Saints fullback Heath Evans also ripped Peterson.
“I wish I had the athletic ability of AP’s like little finger, alright. But he’s an idiot, and what he said was moronic at best,” Evans said on radio station WEEI, via SportsRadioInterviews.com.
So it’s good to hear some ball carriers in the league have a little perspective.
For Eagles fans, it shouldn’t be too hard to forgive and forget, considering Weaver only made stupid comments. It’s not like he’s returning from a prison sentence based on a Hostel-esque torture operation where he admitted to laughing while animals were tortured. And as seen this season, for many it really isn’t a big deal what you’ve done as long as you can run fast and/or throw far. If Weaver can come back successfully from his gruesome knee injury, all will likely be forgotten. He just better hope he plays well.
Though wearing that Yankees hat during the D.Gunn interview likely won’t help the cause.
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