Perhaps you've heard by now that millionaire Vikings running back Adrian Peterson considers himself, and the rest of the players in the NFL, to be victims of slavery.
He made the comment during an interview with Yahoo! Sports writer Doug Farrar about the current NFL labor situation. But anyone who went looking for the quote in Farrar's story would have found it missing for a while -- Farrar scrubbed it out.
Thanks to The Fantasy Football Source, we know that Peterson said this about the current NFL labor situation:
"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.
With all the money the owners are trying to get a different percentage, and bring in more money. I understand that; these are business-minded people. Of course this is what they are going to want to do. I understand that; it's how they got to where they are now. But as players, we have to stand our ground and say, 'Hey -- without us, there's no football.' There are so many different perspectives from different players, and obviously we're not all on the same page -- I don't know. I don't really see this going to where we'll be without football for a long time; there's too much money lost for the owners. Eventually, I feel that we'll get something done."
Slavery was too hot for the story though. In the sanitized version of the quote, the sentence, "It's modern-day slavery, you know?" has been cut from Peterson's answer:
But Yahoo! editors couldn't sanitize their site fast enough. Commenters below the story picked up on the clumsy edit and turned their ire away from Peterson and onto Yahoo! itself.
Talk about awkward. Now, anyone reading the story at Yahoo! still knows what Peterson said, and they know that Yahoo!'s writer censored his remarks.
UPDATE #1: Farrar said via Twitter this afternoon that he yanked the slavery quote himself.
@OntheDLpodcast I've made the decision on my own to take the quote out for now -- the rest of the piece will get buried in one huge misstep
@OntheDLpodcast I don't think he meant it in the way it's going to come across, but the word itself is a problem.
@OntheDLpodcast And I want to give him the opportunity to explain what he really meant. Because I don't think he meant to connect the two.
UPDATE #2: The quote is back in the transcript, along with an explainer from Yahoo!:
(Note: Regarding the comment below about "modern-day-slavery", Yahoo! Sports has reached out to get context on the quote from Adrian Peterson. We will pass that along as soon as we receive word.)