Yahoo! censors Adrian Peterson "modern-day slavery" quote [UPDATE]

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The Yahoo! Shutdown Corner shuts down AP's slavery quote.
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.
Peterson's quote: Click to enlarge.
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:

Slavery: Too hot for Yahoo!
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.

Commenters captured Peterson's quote before the censors stepped in.
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 misstepless than a minute ago via web

@OntheDLpodcast I don't think he meant it in the way it's going to come across, but the word itself is a problem.less than a minute ago via web

@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.less than a minute ago via web

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.)

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I think he's right because the vikings all ways  count on him  

Chuck Norris
Chuck Norris

Obviously taken as a whole, the quote is a lot less ridiculous. AP wouldn't be the first famous person to use hyperbole. Taken as a single line out of context, it sounds absolutely asnine and frankly, disrespectful of those who came before him. But we all have a fairly good knowledge of the public version of AP and this quote is getting blown up by guys who need to write stories. Let it go. We can see what he meant and it's not as bad as it sounds...

Shameeka Fippins
Shameeka Fippins

AP woulda make a shitty slave..he whines & bitches to much..i'd want my slaves to step & fetch!

D'Andre Fippins
D'Andre Fippins

AP woulda made a shitty slave..he whines & bitches too much..i'd want my slave to step & fetch upon demand.

Patent Attorney
Patent Attorney

Here is a similar story

ikings running back Adrian Peterson is creating some chatter after an interview he did was posted Tuesday on Yahoo Sports'.

During the interview, Peterson used the phrase "modern day slavery" in talking about the NFL labor dispute.

The statement came in the body of an interview. Peterson is quoted as saying "the players are getting robbed. They are. The owners are making so much money off us to begin with." After the interviewer interjected, Peterson continued saying "it's modern-day slavery, you know."


Adrian Peterson is an ignorant asshole who must not understand the actual worth of a million dollars, 10 million dollars or the average salary of a Minnesota family at less than $50,000. a year. He just goes to show , you really don't have to be smart or have common sense to get through college....


If "modern slavery" includes a minimum wage of 3/4 million $$, excellent paid healthcare, more groupies you can eat, employer fitness programs, employer college programs including finishing my masters, and 3-7 years to enjoy it all, sign me up.


uh, no. yahoo did not censor it, the author of the piece did.

from twitter:espn_nfcnblog For those asking why "modern-day slavery" no longer appears in the post, check @FO_DougFarrar. Sez AP said it twice but not sure of intent.

FO_DougFarrar @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

FO_DougFarrar @espn_nfcnblog I want to give him the opportunity to provide context as opposed to just running with it.


c'mon, guys. you can do better than that.


I like how CP added the update about the writer editing out the quote himself yet failed to correct the headline, which still boldly states that Yahoo censored the piece. It's always laughable when CP attempts to take digs at the journalistic integrity of others.

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