Peterson’s comments seem to be as polarizing as the NFL lockout with people trying to decide which side they support. Rashard Mendenhall makes it clear where his vote goes.
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall offered support to Minnesota Viking RB Adrian Peterson on Wednesday after the latter came under fire for comparing locked-out NFL players to “modern-day slavery.”
Mendenhall said Peterson’s critics have been too harsh and have not taken time to digest the broader meaning of his remarks.
On Twitter, Mendenhall said:
“Anyone with (knowledge) of the slave trade and the NFL could say that these two parallel eachother … is correct in his (analogy) of this game. It is a lot deeper than most people understand.”
He also linked to and referenced an article in The Nation that took an analytical and sympathetic look at Peterson’s use of the the “slavery” analogy.
Fellow players such as Green Bay Packers RB Ryan Grant and New Orleans Saints RB Heath Evans have scolded Peterson for his remarks.
But Mendenhall, even after being criticized on Twitter, defended his analysis of Peterson’s comments.
Sounds like Rashard is ready to write a sermon and preach to the congregation. But “big words that a lot of you wouldn’t understand”??? Man, his condescending swag is on a trillion! But to his credit this is the most articulate defense of Peterson we’ve heard thus far.
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