Heath Evans criticized Adrian Peterson for the latter’s comparison of locked-out NFL players to “modern-day slavery.” In an interview with Boston’s WEEI-AM, Evans, a New Orleans Saints running back, scolded Peterson for what he said was a bad choice of words. “Well first of all, I wish I had the athletic ability of (Peterson’s), like, little finger,” Evans said, via SportsRadioInterviews.com.
“All right. But he’s an idiot, and what he said was moronic at best.” Peterson’s comments to Yahoo Sports came in the hours after the NFLPA had decertified, which brought about last Saturday’s lockout imposition. Green Bay Packers RB Ryan Grant also criticized him, while Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall defended Peterson. Evans said Peterson’s comments are not helpful to the NFLPA as they look to build solidarity and gird for what could potentially be a lengthy work stoppage. “And those comments, they hurt us,” he said. “And ultimately that is what the owners are banking on.”