Adrian Peterson caused plenty of controversy during the first month of the NFL lockout when he was quoted in a Yahoo! Sports story as saying the NFL's treatment of players is "modern-day slavery."
But four months later, Peterson appears to have calmed down quite a bit. The Vikings running back, appearing on TMZ Live while in Los Angeles to attend the ESPY awards, said in his opinion there will be no hard feelings when players return from the lockout.
“Not at all, it’s business as usual," he said. "You never get what you want, but you can get close to it. So I’m sure that’s what it’s going to end up being.”
Peterson's appearance on the Internet version of the show came during the same week in which Men's Journal published an interview in which Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison called NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell a "crook" and a "devil."
"To each his own," Peterson said when asked about Harrison's comments. "But it’s business. These owners, they are in their position because they worked hard, they made good decisions. So of course they are going to try to get the best deal for themselves. So it’s business.”
Peterson thinks the lockout will end in the next week and a half to two weeks, adding, "the owners want football."
However, before anyone gets excited about Peterson's prediction, keep in mind he's confident the owners will blink first and that the players will come out on top when the dust settles.
"Of course," the deal will benefit the players, he said. "If not then we’ll be into the end of August before we see some football.”