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football players=slaves??

Originally posted by HessianDud:
Originally posted by Niners99:
what defines "slave"? someone who is forced to work for someone else for no pay, and cannot leave....they get paid millions, and can walk away any time they want. soooo.......not slaves.

athletes should just not speak. theyre paid to play, not to talk. disallow twitter, and keep them off the air. no interviews. just shut up and score touchdowns.

yeah, athletes shouldn't be allowed to speak because they're the only people in the world who say dumb things

We should all live as mutes to protect us from sometimes hearing dumb things.
Originally posted by pantstickle:
Originally posted by HessianDud:
Originally posted by Niners99:
what defines "slave"? someone who is forced to work for someone else for no pay, and cannot leave....they get paid millions, and can walk away any time they want. soooo.......not slaves.

athletes should just not speak. theyre paid to play, not to talk. disallow twitter, and keep them off the air. no interviews. just shut up and score touchdowns.

yeah, athletes shouldn't be allowed to speak because they're the only people in the world who say dumb things

We should all live as mutes to protect us from sometimes hearing dumb things.

Of course, I never heard him say these things, so we'll need to be blind so we can't read them, too.
Originally posted by pantstickle:
Originally posted by HessianDud:
Originally posted by Niners99:
what defines "slave"? someone who is forced to work for someone else for no pay, and cannot leave....they get paid millions, and can walk away any time they want. soooo.......not slaves.

athletes should just not speak. theyre paid to play, not to talk. disallow twitter, and keep them off the air. no interviews. just shut up and score touchdowns.

yeah, athletes shouldn't be allowed to speak because they're the only people in the world who say dumb things

We should all live as mutes to protect us from sometimes hearing dumb things.

now that's just being silly. only certain professions should remain silent: athletes, contractors, anyone with a Class A license or Hazmat training, police officers, secretaries to politicians, mechanics, bakers, tomato farmers, and veterinary assistants.
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Originally posted by HessianDud:
Originally posted by pantstickle:
Originally posted by HessianDud:
Originally posted by Niners99:
what defines "slave"? someone who is forced to work for someone else for no pay, and cannot leave....they get paid millions, and can walk away any time they want. soooo.......not slaves.

athletes should just not speak. theyre paid to play, not to talk. disallow twitter, and keep them off the air. no interviews. just shut up and score touchdowns.

yeah, athletes shouldn't be allowed to speak because they're the only people in the world who say dumb things

We should all live as mutes to protect us from sometimes hearing dumb things.

now that's just being silly. only certain professions should remain silent: athletes, contractors, anyone with a Class A license or Hazmat training, police officers, secretaries to politicians, mechanics, bakers, tomato farmers, and veterinary assistants.

Can you change silent to not allowed to speak? Because I don't want police speaking, but if there is a truck coming my way a point, and loud scream would be nice. And if the change is made, I'd like you to add porn stars too. No speaking, but I certainly don't want them silent.
Originally posted by Otter:
Originally posted by HessianDud:
Originally posted by pantstickle:
Originally posted by HessianDud:
Originally posted by Niners99:
what defines "slave"? someone who is forced to work for someone else for no pay, and cannot leave....they get paid millions, and can walk away any time they want. soooo.......not slaves.

athletes should just not speak. theyre paid to play, not to talk. disallow twitter, and keep them off the air. no interviews. just shut up and score touchdowns.

yeah, athletes shouldn't be allowed to speak because they're the only people in the world who say dumb things

We should all live as mutes to protect us from sometimes hearing dumb things.

now that's just being silly. only certain professions should remain silent: athletes, contractors, anyone with a Class A license or Hazmat training, police officers, secretaries to politicians, mechanics, bakers, tomato farmers, and veterinary assistants.

Can you change silent to not allowed to speak? Because I don't want police speaking, but if there is a truck coming my way a point, and loud scream would be nice. And if the change is made, I'd like you to add porn stars too. No speaking, but I certainly don't want them silent.

your suggestions have been noted and will be passed on to the Subcommittee on Personal Silence post-haste.
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Originally posted by Otter:
Originally posted by HessianDud:
Originally posted by pantstickle:
Originally posted by HessianDud:
Originally posted by Niners99:
what defines "slave"? someone who is forced to work for someone else for no pay, and cannot leave....they get paid millions, and can walk away any time they want. soooo.......not slaves.

athletes should just not speak. theyre paid to play, not to talk. disallow twitter, and keep them off the air. no interviews. just shut up and score touchdowns.

yeah, athletes shouldn't be allowed to speak because they're the only people in the world who say dumb things

We should all live as mutes to protect us from sometimes hearing dumb things.

now that's just being silly. only certain professions should remain silent: athletes, contractors, anyone with a Class A license or Hazmat training, police officers, secretaries to politicians, mechanics, bakers, tomato farmers, and veterinary assistants.

Can you change silent to not allowed to speak? Because I don't want police speaking, but if there is a truck coming my way a point, and loud scream would be nice. And if the change is made, I'd like you to add porn stars too. No speaking, but I certainly don't want them silent.

No no...I like some of the porn-stars who talk dirty. Maybe we can put a time limit on them? 3 seconds per minute?
Originally posted by SnakePlissken:

John Henry, the Steel-Drivin' Man?
Originally posted by HessianDud:
Originally posted by Niners99:
what defines "slave"? someone who is forced to work for someone else for no pay, and cannot leave....they get paid millions, and can walk away any time they want. soooo.......not slaves.

athletes should just not speak. theyre paid to play, not to talk. disallow twitter, and keep them off the air. no interviews. just shut up and score touchdowns.

yeah, athletes shouldn't be allowed to speak because they're the only people in the world who say dumb things

theyre the only people in the world that get paid millions to catch a ball. why are they talking? most of the things they say publicly end up making the league cringe. when their career is over, and theyre a smart and insightful person, they can become a TV analyst.

obviously im being sarcastic by suggesting they shouldnt be allowed to talk, but these random outburts on twitter, and being able to just grab a reporter and spout off about something they dont know anything about and get it broadcasted over all of the country, shouldnt be allowed. theyre paid to play a game, not to talk about stuff.
Originally posted by Niners99:
Originally posted by HessianDud:
Originally posted by Niners99:
what defines "slave"? someone who is forced to work for someone else for no pay, and cannot leave....they get paid millions, and can walk away any time they want. soooo.......not slaves.

athletes should just not speak. theyre paid to play, not to talk. disallow twitter, and keep them off the air. no interviews. just shut up and score touchdowns.

yeah, athletes shouldn't be allowed to speak because they're the only people in the world who say dumb things

theyre the only people in the world that get paid millions to catch a ball. why are they talking? most of the things they say publicly end up making the league cringe. when their career is over, and theyre a smart and insightful person, they can become a TV analyst.

obviously im being sarcastic by suggesting they shouldnt be allowed to talk, but these random outburts on twitter, and being able to just grab a reporter and spout off about something they dont know anything about and get it broadcasted over all of the country, shouldnt be allowed. theyre paid to play a game, not to talk about stuff.

are you paid to talk about stuff here
Originally posted by Niners99:
Originally posted by HessianDud:
Originally posted by Niners99:
what defines "slave"? someone who is forced to work for someone else for no pay, and cannot leave....they get paid millions, and can walk away any time they want. soooo.......not slaves.

athletes should just not speak. theyre paid to play, not to talk. disallow twitter, and keep them off the air. no interviews. just shut up and score touchdowns.

yeah, athletes shouldn't be allowed to speak because they're the only people in the world who say dumb things

theyre the only people in the world that get paid millions to catch a ball. why are they talking? most of the things they say publicly end up making the league cringe. when their career is over, and theyre a smart and insightful person, they can become a TV analyst.

obviously im being sarcastic by suggesting they shouldnt be allowed to talk, but these random outburts on twitter, and being able to just grab a reporter and spout off about something they dont know anything about and get it broadcasted over all of the country, shouldnt be allowed. theyre paid to play a game, not to talk about stuff.

the same could be said of anybody, really. "you're paid to be a cashier, not talk about stuff." "you're paid to be kindergarten teacher, not talk about stuff." Yes, people should use good judgment and think things through before they spout off about something, but the right to speak your mind is protected in the constitution, so I really don't think you can exclude one group of people from using that right because it may or may not embarrass their employer; let the league handle it. of course, i realize we are talking about the "court of public opinion" and that's fair, and in that regard everyone is allowed to make their own determination about something dumb someone says, and the fact that athletes are celebrities magnifies what they say and, because of their "distance" from "us" it is easier to pass judgment. but we tend to only hear the stupid stuff athletes say. Scott Fujita talking intelligently about the labor issues doesn't tend to go viral.
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Read this article - link posted on PFT - thought it was interesting.

To be an African American NFL player is to play in a league where 70% of the players are black and 100% of the owners are white. It’s a league where only 3 percent of head coaches were black until the famous (or infamous) lawyer Johnnie Cochran threatened a mass class-action lawsuit, saying he would “litigate if they do not integrate.” It’s a league where collegiate players hoping to be drafted show up to the NFL combine to be poked, prodded and have various body parts judged and measured. Teams basically do everything short of having someone run their finger along the players’ gums. If you are lucky enough to make the league, you will be blessed with a career that will, on average, last 3.4 years, and cursed with a life expectancy twenty-two years shorter than that of the typical American male. Your contract isn’t guaranteed, so if you do sustain some horrific injury, you are officially yesterday’s trash.

Link

“Learn to LISTEN before you pass judgment. Because speaking without knowledge of subject is truly ignorant,”
Rashard Mendenhall wrote.
Originally posted by Chief:
Lol, ok.
Originally posted by HessianDud:
Originally posted by Niners99:
Originally posted by HessianDud:
Originally posted by Niners99:
what defines "slave"? someone who is forced to work for someone else for no pay, and cannot leave....they get paid millions, and can walk away any time they want. soooo.......not slaves.

athletes should just not speak. theyre paid to play, not to talk. disallow twitter, and keep them off the air. no interviews. just shut up and score touchdowns.

yeah, athletes shouldn't be allowed to speak because they're the only people in the world who say dumb things

theyre the only people in the world that get paid millions to catch a ball. why are they talking? most of the things they say publicly end up making the league cringe. when their career is over, and theyre a smart and insightful person, they can become a TV analyst.

obviously im being sarcastic by suggesting they shouldnt be allowed to talk, but these random outburts on twitter, and being able to just grab a reporter and spout off about something they dont know anything about and get it broadcasted over all of the country, shouldnt be allowed. theyre paid to play a game, not to talk about stuff.

the same could be said of anybody, really. "you're paid to be a cashier, not talk about stuff." "you're paid to be kindergarten teacher, not talk about stuff." Yes, people should use good judgment and think things through before they spout off about something, but the right to speak your mind is protected in the constitution, so I really don't think you can exclude one group of people from using that right because it may or may not embarrass their employer; let the league handle it. of course, i realize we are talking about the "court of public opinion" and that's fair, and in that regard everyone is allowed to make their own determination about something dumb someone says, and the fact that athletes are celebrities magnifies what they say and, because of their "distance" from "us" it is easier to pass judgment. but we tend to only hear the stupid stuff athletes say. Scott Fujita talking intelligently about the labor issues doesn't tend to go viral.

youre missing the point. they are paid millions of dollars to play on a national spotlight. meaning they assume responsibility. they have to know they cant abuse their spotlight to speak their mind about what they feel like.

when i have something to say, regardless of what people think of me, i cant just grab a reporter and have my message broadcasted throughout the country. if someone on some messaged board said what AP said, who notices? that person is a nobody. AP is in a position of relative power. hes paid alot of money to play a game. hes famous. you cant just open your mouth because youre famous. i dont understand where all these players think people give a crap about their personal opinion.

after AP says "were like slaves!" someone should then tell him "hey retard, stop talking." hes great at scoring TD's, but nobody cares about his uneducated opinions. athletes have a certain power when it comes to speaking out about anything publicly, and many of them abuse it.
Originally posted by Niners99:
Originally posted by HessianDud:
Originally posted by Niners99:
Originally posted by HessianDud:
Originally posted by Niners99:
what defines "slave"? someone who is forced to work for someone else for no pay, and cannot leave....they get paid millions, and can walk away any time they want. soooo.......not slaves.

athletes should just not speak. theyre paid to play, not to talk. disallow twitter, and keep them off the air. no interviews. just shut up and score touchdowns.

yeah, athletes shouldn't be allowed to speak because they're the only people in the world who say dumb things

theyre the only people in the world that get paid millions to catch a ball. why are they talking? most of the things they say publicly end up making the league cringe. when their career is over, and theyre a smart and insightful person, they can become a TV analyst.

obviously im being sarcastic by suggesting they shouldnt be allowed to talk, but these random outburts on twitter, and being able to just grab a reporter and spout off about something they dont know anything about and get it broadcasted over all of the country, shouldnt be allowed. theyre paid to play a game, not to talk about stuff.

the same could be said of anybody, really. "you're paid to be a cashier, not talk about stuff." "you're paid to be kindergarten teacher, not talk about stuff." Yes, people should use good judgment and think things through before they spout off about something, but the right to speak your mind is protected in the constitution, so I really don't think you can exclude one group of people from using that right because it may or may not embarrass their employer; let the league handle it. of course, i realize we are talking about the "court of public opinion" and that's fair, and in that regard everyone is allowed to make their own determination about something dumb someone says, and the fact that athletes are celebrities magnifies what they say and, because of their "distance" from "us" it is easier to pass judgment. but we tend to only hear the stupid stuff athletes say. Scott Fujita talking intelligently about the labor issues doesn't tend to go viral.

youre missing the point. they are paid millions of dollars to play on a national spotlight. meaning they assume responsibility. they have to know they cant abuse their spotlight to speak their mind about what they feel like.

when i have something to say, regardless of what people think of me, i cant just grab a reporter and have my message broadcasted throughout the country. if someone on some messaged board said what AP said, who notices? that person is a nobody. AP is in a position of relative power. hes paid alot of money to play a game. hes famous. you cant just open your mouth because youre famous. i dont understand where all these players think people give a crap about their personal opinion.

after AP says "were like slaves!" someone should then tell him "hey retard, stop talking." hes great at scoring TD's, but nobody cares about his uneducated opinions. athletes have a certain power when it comes to speaking out about anything publicly, and many of them abuse it.

it seems that you do give a crap about his personal opinion.

i don't see what power AP has and how he is abusing it, so maybe I am "missing the point." I think you're the one assigning power and responsibility . i don't really agree with his opinion, but he's allowed to have one, and I don't see how being an athlete negates that.

its not like he's telling kids to slap their grandmothers and steal things. that would be an "abuse of power" in that he's a "role model." the worst thing that can happen from saying something controversial is that people talk about what it means (that is, assuming they actually think about it and don't just stop their brains after the thought of "that was dumb.").