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Adrian Peterson Tweets That It Would Cost Him $1 Million To Change His Number

In a series of tweets Wednesday, Minnesota Vikings running back ranted over the fact that he was apparently informed that he would have to pay the jaw-dropping price of one million bucks if he chose to change his jersey number. Wait. What?

It all started on Jan. 20, when Peterson tweeted that he was considering changing his jersey number from the 28 he has been wearing his entire NFL career to something else, which he later indicated would be #21 or #23. Since then, Peterson seems to have been told it will cost him a serious chunk of change to make the switch and it all has to do with him having to buy all the #28 Adrian Peterson jerseys already manufactured. This did not make him happy.

A sampling of his Twitterrant, spread out over a series of 17 tweets:

  • So here is the deal with the number change! So I received a call and I was informed that I would’ve to buy all jerseys that’s been produced
  • Thus far! N the total amount that I would have to pay blew my mind!!!!!
  • Why? Ok so I see maybe ten thousand dollars of my total jersey sales! That’s it!!! In I know I’ve mostly likely been in the top ten
  • When it comes to top sales ! Why in the hell do I have to pay a Million dollars to change my number! I don’t even get paid a million
  • Dollars by my sponsors a year! Wow!!!
  • #1 I’m in the top jersey sales! # 2 I see maybe 10,000 from those sales#3 I get paid under 1million a year#4 but I oder to change MY number
  • I have to pay a Million Bucks! Somebody’s winning in that situation & ITs not me! So clearly with that said I won’t be changing my number
  • Pay a mill to change number or keep the mill n continue to wear 28?! That’s a easy one… Hell 28 it is!!! Lol
  • Someone just hit me saying stop crying! Lol I’m sharing my thoughts! I thought that’s what twitter was all about. Anyway I won’t be changing
  • My number for the reason you have in front of you! So someone said! You got it just pay it! You must be smoking something to thing I’ll
  • Waste that type of money just to change a number on my work uniform!
  • I was going to change my # to 23! If things were different.

I can certainly see where Peterson is coming from on this issue. One has to assume the word was handed down by the NFL, or at the very least, the merchandising arm of the corporate behemoth and its previous relationship with Reebok and now, Nike, who will take over as the uniform provider for the league. It all seems a bit unfair if you ask me. On the other hand, it is reasonable to assume that the value of Adrian Peterson jerseys bearing the number 28 would go down quite a bit should he have changed his number. Also, Peterson isn’t living check to check by any means.

Still, it’s important to remember that the last time the guy took the field as an NFL gladiator, his knee got completely shredded. Perhaps the NFL — if that is the entity behind this supposed business arrangement — should give him a break as he works tirelessly rehabbing so he can get back on the field next season. Which brings up another point: between the grueling rehab and pain medication, maybe Peterson doesn’t know what the heck he’s talking about due to the fact he’s in some kind of medicated stupor. With that in mind, if he tweets later that a Viking ship has arrived and is taking him to Valhalla, I think we’ll know the score on that one. And that doesn’t even take into account how crappy his New Year’s celebration turned out. The guy is fragile right now.

[H/T RandBall]

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