The slavery that I recall my great grandmother talking about involved people being kidnapped and put to work for free. You prepared all your life to play football.Â In fact, you begged your owner for the job.Â Unlike slavery, if you don’t like the way your owner treats you, you can just QUIT.Â I was not present but I will bet the mortgage that not one slave quit his job on the plantation.Â Adrian, you have collective bargaining rights.Â Again, slaves did not have any rights.Â If you ran away from the Vikings, I doubt anybody would come looking for you on horseback.
Now let us talk about after slavery was abolished.Â Former slaves could not leave the plantation. Heck, most of them did not even know that slavery had been abolished for about two years afterwards. Unlike Adrian Peterson, they did not have a Blackberry to check every ten minutes. No email came. Once the found out, they still could not leave because they had no where to go.Â
The NFL is not even close to slavery. Its not even Jim Crow era.
We need more men like Hank Aaron, Roberto Clemente, and David Robinson for our young people to emulate.Â We do not need any more like Allen Iverson, Latrelle Sprewell or any of these other guys who think they invented pro sports.Â Adrian Peterson is standing on the shoulders of great ones that came before him like James Harris and Jim Brown.Â Men who broke the color barrier and suffered for it.Â What has Adrian Peterson done for anybody lately?