PITTSBURGH - The NFL is shut down, which means no football and too much foolish rhetoric.
It didn't take long for the latter to develop.
Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings likened the NFL to modern day slavery, a position promptly endorsed by Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall.
Mendenhall wrote on Twitter, "Anyone with knowledge of the slave trade and the NFL could say that these two parallel each other."
Since Twitter limits posts to just 140 characters, there's no detailed explanation of how Mendenhall arrived at this conclusion.
One of the big differences between slavery and professional football is the Steelers don't own Mendenhall.
They contract for his services as a football player. If he decides he wants to become a marine biologist or a bartender or a philosopher, he's free to leave and pursue his new interest.
If he chooses to move to California or Hawaii or Cleveland, well, that's his choice, too.
Most of the history books indicate slaves didn't have those sorts of options.
Art Rooney II of the Steelers and coach Mike Tomlin said they're not bothered by Mendenhall's comments.
They know it will all blow over and be forgotten the first time Mendenhall gets a first down.
But as long as the NFL is closed, maybe he can take the free time and do something useful with it.
Perhaps he can sign up for some history courses and get a handle on reality.
How long until some enterprising minor league baseball team offers a job to Charlie Sheen?
He was in "Major League," after all.
Yes, I will be running my annual baseball contest on the "Mainly Mehno" blog at altoonamirror.com. We'll kick things off on Wednesday, so be sure to check the blog.
It's totally free, easy to participate, and you might win the prize.
Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chad Ochocinco owes a clothing store $11,717, according to court records.'
The itemized list shows that he paid $350 for a pair of jeans and $150 for a t-shirt.
Now you understand why some players with multi-million dollar contracts still manage to wind up bankrupt.
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