A few days ago Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson said about the NFL labor dispute:
“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.”
Of course after several NFL players publicly disagreed with the statement, the usual backpedaling happened, with his agent claiming it was taken out of context, and some saying surely Peterson didn’t mean what he said in THAT way.
Maybe he didn’t. I should point out that Peterson is set to earn ten million dollars this year.
Now, in an epic display of WHY THE HELL PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES SHOULD NOT HAVE TWITTER ACCOUNTS UNLESS THEY ARE ONLY TWEETING PICTURES OF CUTE BABY ANIMALS, Rashard Mendenhall tweeted from his verified account:
This of course enraged many people asking how being paid millions to do something you love is anywhere near the same thing as being FORCED to do something you hate and not getting paid for it.
Rashard then decided the best way to explain his thoughts was to call us all a bunch of dumb asses and tell us to look up the word “parallel” in the dictionary:
If you visit Rashard’s Twitter page right now, you’ll see he’s taken to retweeting anyone that writes anything in support of him. How magnanimous of him.
First, I strongly disagree with his “mirror each other” comment because, just no. NO NO NO NO. You cannot tell me that a football player can EVER look a slave in the eyes, as there is modern day slavery, and say, “Brother. I may be earning ten million dollars a year to play 16 football games a year, but, brah, I know what you’re going through because I’m traveling a parallel path.” My god, I hope the slave punches that guy in the face.
They run the same course? Unless the course Mendy is running ends up with him having no freedom, no way to earn an income, no way to see his family, then I really don’t think they’re running the same course. There is one huge word that means they ARE NOT running parallel courses … CHOICE. NFL players have choices. Slaves have none.
Classic KettlePotism. Rashard should take his own advice and not compare himself to a slave based on things he’s read, because unless he actually IS A SLAVE, he just sounds dumb.
Second, even if you see Rashard’s point of view, as a public persona, you would think Rashard knows there are certain things you NEVER draw comparisons to, and you certainly don’t do it on Twitter where you’re limited to explaining how the NFL runs a similar course to slavery in 140 characters or less. Hitler. Holocaust. Slavery. To name a few.
Compare it to the steel industry in the early 1900s. Compare it to the baseball lockout of 1994. DON’T try to explain on Twitter why you’re comparing the NFL to slavery because you will lose that battle, no matter how many fans’ tweets you retweet.
And also, maybe don’t call us all a bunch of idiots who can’t comprehend the giant thoughts you have in your giant brain.
Because from where I’m sitting, we are not the idiots.