Minnesota Vikings Change Mind Suspend Adrian Peterson
The AP is reporting that an announcement was made early Wednesday morning that the Minnesota Vikings placed Adrian Peterson on the Exempt/Commissioner's Permission list, requiring the running back to abstain from team activities during his child-abuse case.
As we have all heard last week Adrian Peterson was indicted on a charge that he injured his 4-year-old son by spanking him with a tree branch or "Switch".
Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf released this statement early Wednesday Morning:
"This has been an ongoing and deliberate process since last Friday's news. In conversations with the NFL over the last two days, the Vikings advised the League of the team's decision to revisit the situation regarding Adrian Peterson. In response, the League informed the team of the option to place Adrian on the Exempt/Commissioner's Permission list, which will require that Adrian remain away from all team activities while allowing him 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. 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."
Earlier this week retailers started to pull their sponsorships which I'm sure of course had nothing to do with Zigi & Mark Wilfs sudden change of conscience.
In response to this incident even Nike felt self righteous enough to pull Adrian Peterson Vikings items off of their shelves. I'm guessing so they can concentrate more fully on helping all those kids working in their overseas sweatshops.
Peterson has an arraignment scheduled for Oct. 8. He faces up two years in prison and a $10,000 fine if found guilty.
After this decision was announced early Wednesday morning Peterson tweeted this: