Minnesota Vikings Deactivate Adrian Peterson (Again) Until Legal Issues Resolved
BY: John “Hennry” Harris
The fiery hand of backlash was beginning to appear again and the NFL, along with the Minnesota Vikings, decided to do the “right” thing.
Less than 48 hours after announcing that Adrian Peterson would play in Week 3, the Vikings announced that Peterson has been placed on the Exempt/Commissioner’s Permission list until his legal issues are resolved. This means that Peterson will not be allowed to participate in any team activities, including games.
Peterson has been indicted on charges of “reckless or negligent injury to a child” after a doctor reported welps and lacerations on Peterson’s 4-year-old son after disciplining him with a switch. Peterson’s charges came at a time when the NFL was already embroiled in a domestic violence firestorm after footage of former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice punching and knocking his then-fiancé Janay Palmer unconscious became public, sparking nationwide outrage.
Vikings owner Zygi and Mark Wilf released a statement announcing the move around 2 a.m. ET on Wednesday (September 17, 2014).
We are always focused on trying to make the right decision as an organization. We embrace our role – and the responsibilities that go with it – as a leader in the community, as a business partner and as an organization that can build bridges with our fans and positively impact this great region. We appreciate and value the input we have received from our fans, our partners and the community.
While we were trying to make a balanced decision yesterday, after further reflection we have concluded that this resolution is best for the Vikings and for Adrian. We want to be clear: we have a strong stance regarding the protection and welfare of children, and we want to be sure we get this right. At the same time we want to express our support for Adrian and acknowledge his seven-plus years of outstanding commitment to this organization and this community. Adrian emphasized his desire to avoid further distraction to his teammates and coaches while focusing on his current situation; this resolution accomplishes these objectives as well.
We will support Adrian during this legal and personal process, but we firmly believe and realize this is the right decision. We hope that all of our fans can respect the process that we have gone through to reach this final decision. – Zygi Wilf and Mark Wilf
Pressure began to build around Adrian Peterson’s case, as again, public opinion caused nationwide outrage over his choice of discipline towards his 4-year-old son. Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton also publicly expressed that the Vikings should suspend Peterson with U.S. Senator Al Franken echoing Dayton’s sentiment, saying, “I don’t believe Adrian Peterson should be allowed to play until” the case goes through the judicial process.
The Vikings have already lost one sponsor due to the Adrian Peterson case in Radisson Hotels (Monday, September 15, 2014) and one of Peterson’s most significant endorsement deals, Castrol, also decided to end their relationship Adrian Peterson yesterday (Tuesday, September 16, 2014).
There is no hard timeline for Peterson’s case or for how long he will be suspended. Peterson’s first appearance for the charge is October 8, 2014. Peterson will continue to collect nearly $700,000 a week in salary despite not playing.
Peterson has maintained his stance and says that he is “not a perfect parent, but I am, without a doubt, not a child abuser.”
As news of his deactivation hit mainstream, at 2:30 a.m. this morning ET, he tweeted, ‘The pressure may be tough, but you will make it through.’
— Adrian Peterson (@AdrianPeterson) September 17, 2014
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