The Minnesota Vikings have reversed course in their handling of Adrian Peterson; the accused child abuser will no longer be allowed to play until the case against him is solved.
Good news from the NFL! Well, depending on your perspective. While the Minnesota Vikings deactivated running back Adrian Peterson, 29, from the Sept. 13 game following shocking allegations of child abuse, they announced they would allow him to play the following week. However, the team seems to have reversed their stance on the case as Adrian is now exempt from all team activities until the case is resolved. See the Vikings’ statement below.
Adrian Peterson Exempt From Minnesota Vikings: Team Bars Him From Playing
“After giving the situation additional thought, we have decided this is the appropriate course of action for the organization and for Adrian,” Vikings owners Zygi Wilf and Mark Wilf revealed in a statement released to ESPN on Sept. 17. “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.”
Adrian Peterson Denies That He Is A Child Abuser; Blames Upbringing
Adrian was indicted on Sept. 12 on allegations of child abuse; in his statement to the police, he admitted that he beat his 4-year-old son with a switch but that he went too far and didn’t mean to hurt the child as badly as he did. When examined by a doctor, the child had bruises and lacerations on his arms and legs; in text messages obtained by police, Adrian allegedly told the mother of his 4-year-old son that he even hit the child in the scrotum, but that he was regretful.
He claimed in a statement after he was booked for causing injury to a child that he is not a child abuser, and that he simply disciplined his child in the best way he knew how; it was how he, too, was disciplined as a child.
“I have to live with the fact that when I disciplined my son the way I was disciplined as a child, I caused an injury that I never intended or thought would happen,” he said.
“I know that many people disagree with the way I disciplined my child. I also understand after meeting with a psychologist that there are other alternative ways of disciplining a child that may be more appropriate.”
While Adrian’s point of view is understandable given the circumstances, what he was accused of doing to his 4-year-old son is fairly inexcusable. Considering the NFL’s seemingly lax stance on domestic violence in recent weeks, this may be the best possible course they could have taken in Adrian’s case as they (hopefully) change their strategies moving forward. Indeed, steps are being taken, albeit slowly.
HollywoodLifers, what do you think about the NFL’s decision to bar Adrian from playing until the case is resolved? Should he be allowed to play? Let us know.
— Amanda Michelle Steiner