Minnesota Vikings Decide To Indefinitely Suspend Adrian Peterson

FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2014, file photo, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson warms up for an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams in St. Louis. The Vikings benched Peterson for Sunday's game after... FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2014, file photo, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson warms up for an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams in St. Louis. The Vikings benched Peterson for Sunday's game after his attorney said he had been indicted by a Texas grand jury on a charge of child abuse. Attorney Rusty Hardin says the charge accuses Peterson of using a branch, or switch, to spank his son. He says Peterson has cooperated with authorities and "used his judgment as a parent to discipline his son." Hardin says Peterson regrets the incident but never intended to harm the boy. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam, File) MORE LESS
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The Minnesota Vikings have decided to place running back Adrian Peterson on the exempt/commissioner’s permission list, essentially suspending him from all team activities indefinitely until after a child injury case is resolved.

The announcement came in a statement early on Wednesday, about a week after Peterson was indicted in Texas on a child injury charge.

“After giving the situation additional thought, we have decided this is the appropriate course of action for the organization and for Adrian,” a statement from Minnesota Vikings owners Mark and Zygi Wilf said according to ABC News.

A few days ago the Vikings said Peterson would keep practicing and playing with the team. The new announcement is a complete reversal from a few days earlier when the Vikings said Peterson would continue to play with the team.

On Tuesday, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton (D) called the Vikings’ decision to reinstate the running back “a public embarrassment to the Vikings organization and the State of Minnesota.”

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  1. Avatar for mlp mlp says:

    Yeah, after some “additional thought” and a lot of embarrassment because of their original decision, they decided to do the “right” thing.
    Gee, who could have seen this coming after the Vikings handled the Chris Kluwe thing so well?

  2. Avatar for fgs fgs says:

    The NFL and Vikings deserve no credit whatsoever for doing the right thing. Once again, their belated action is pure damage control, into which they had to be shamed.

  3. It is sad testimony that an individual’s employer must impose sanctions that our criminal justice system will not do or cannot do promptly enough. Because the reality is, for every Adrian Peterson, there’s a thousand or more Bible-wielding zealots mercilessly beating their kids who go unpunished.

  4. All I can say is that the NFL better get its shit together…and quick. I heard an interview this morning on MPR with a player’s union rep. who’s talking about bringing action against the NFL for the arbitrariness of their decisions. Also heard that sponsors are getting antsy and threatening to pull out as well.

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