Here's how, apparently.
"It's like back before the Civil War when slaves had the right to buy their freedom," attorney Marv Robon argued. "A penalty of $4 million is almost like a slave from Africa trying to buy his freedom in America.As usual, the media gets the point wrong. Whomever wrote the article follows with
He's comparing a millionaire to slaves? Oh, come on.No, no, no. What's wrong is that he's comparing contract law with slavery!
Rodriguez' decision to sign a contract he now regrets is compared to a system in which people were stolen away from their families, packed into ships without proper food, ventilation, water, sanitation, etc., and sold them to other people who would keep them and their descendants enslaved in perpetuity unless one of those descendants happened to find himself in a situation in which he could earn the money to buy his freedom.
Yep, contract law and slavery--surprisingly similar. Wonder how that lawyer did in his contracts class in law school?