Posted on 06 August 2011.
Only days after the lockout started, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson made a major stir by saying that pro football is “modern-day slavery.”
He addressed the remarks for the first time on Friday.
“I regret using those words because obviously there is nothing, absolutely nothing that you can compare to slavery,” Peterson said, per Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “It stands alone. It was something that I should have used better wording to put that out there. But it’s spoiled milk, it’s old and it’s over with.”
But, of course, the apology was equivocal. Peterson said the comments were “taken out of context.” Even though he seems to accept some of the blame for allowing it to be taken out of context.
“It was [taken] out of context and it was on me for putting it out there to make it available to be taken out of context,” Peterson said.
I wonder how many people who use the phrase “out of context” as a way of fully or partially shifting responsibility for their words even know what “out of context” means. Taking “it’s modern-day slavery” out of context, in this specific context, would entail lifting the words “[i]t’s modern-day slavery” from something like “I disagree with anyone who says it’s modern-day slavery.”
In cases like this one, “out of context” usually is a synonym for “I disagree with anyone who uses my words against me.”
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Posted on 07 May 2011.
Mike Ditka has been on the labor side of the NFL as a player, and the management side as a coach, and he’s had harsh criticism for both sides since his retirement. So it’s no surprise that he has plenty to say about the lockout presently embroiling the NFL.
“I think to a degree, it’s a power struggle, I genuinely do,” Ditka told Dave Krieger of the Denver Post. “Egos have gotten in the way of reason. I believe widespread sense would be a lot better served if people would just feel about the situation, think about where they’re at as players and owners in life, and try to make this thing work.”
Ditka ripped Vikings running back Adrian Peterson’s comment likening the NFL to “modern-day slavery,” saying it demonstrated ignorance on the portion of today’s players.
“Some of the younger players, the comments they make do not make any sense,” he said. “Somebody saying they make $ 12 million a year, and they’re saying men and women call them a slave? I mean, I’m not certain I actually comprehend any of this. There’s nowhere in society where you can go out and make $ 12 million. Nowhere! If you’re a rocket scientist, you can’t do it. You just can’t do it!”
Ditka also weighed in on the quarterback of his old team, Chicago’s Jay Cutler, saying that the criticism of Cutler isn’t going to stop until he learns to conduct himself the way a leader need to.
“I’m just saying that he wants to enhance his body language, and I feel everyone would admit that,” Ditka said. “But as far as the game of football and the ability to throw the football, he does that very nicely. And I think the other high quality we got to get to is the leadership thing. You’ve got to be able to lead as a quarterback.”
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