Adrian Peterson Barred From All Vikings Activities

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Less than two days after saying that Adrian Peterson would play this weekend, the Minnesota Vikings have reversed their previous decision, placing him on the exempt/commissioner’s permission list– meaning he is suspended indefinitely from all team activities pending his child abuse case.

Peterson was indicted by a grand jury Friday on charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child after he reportedly used a switch to spank his 4-year-old son.

The reversal comes after much public criticism and after Radisson Hotel, one of the teams biggest sponsors, immediately pulled out of their partnership.

Announced around 2:00 a.m. ET Wednesday, the statement by Zygi Wilf and Mark Wilf said benching Peterson will allow the running back to “take care of his personal situation until the legal proceedings are resolved. After giving the situation additional thought, we have decided this is the appropriate course of action for the organization and for Adrian.”

“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,”the Wilfs said in the statement. “We appreciate and value the input we have received from our fans, our partners and the community.”

The statement continued: “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.”

Before ending the statement, the Wilfs added: “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.”

After the team’s decision was announce, Peterson’s agent, Ben Dogra, said his client supports the team’s decision.

“This is the best possible outcome given the circumstances,” Dogra said. “Adrian understands the gravity of the situation and this enables him to take care of his personal situation. We fully support Adrian and he looks forward to watching his teammates and coaches being successful during his absence.”

Peterson also took to Twitter to post his thoughts in an inspirational message.

 

During his absence from the team, the NFL player will be paid $691,000 per week from the Vikings.

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