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Adrian Peterson will skip the Adrian Peterson Football Camp

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Boys and girls aged 7-14 are paying $199 to attend the Old Spice Adrian Peterson Football Camp on Thursday and Friday. But those who signed up thinking they’d meet Adrian Peterson at the Adrian Peterson Football Camp will go home disappointed.

A note on the camp’s web site explains that Peterson has decided instead to go to a taping for NFL Network’s Top 100 program.

“Adrian Peterson is being featured on the NFL Top 100 program and will not be able to attend this week’s camp,” the statement says. “Although we are saddened to hear that he won’t be able to attend his camp, we congratulate Adrian on the honor. Since we learned the news, ProCamps has been working around the clock to maintain a program that still provides a first-class experience to all campers and allows interaction with various Sooner stars. All-time Sooner greats Mark Clayton, DeMarco Murray and Jason White will serve as special guest hosts at camp.”

As Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune notes, this is the second straight offseason in which Peterson made a questionable decision about how to schedule his time: Last year, Peterson skipped a mandatory three-day minicamp so he could attend the annual day thrown in his honor in his hometown of Palestine, Texas. Even with the lockout giving Peterson more free time this offseason, another scheduling issue has come up, and this time it’s going to result in some disappointed kids.

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  1. bjamesa says: Jun 22, 2011 10:49 AM

    The Minnesota Vikings continue to be an organization of class and dignity and they are represented perfectly by their players.

    Remember when Daunte Culpepper gave that kid in a wheelchair a necklace and then took it back? Some things never change.

  2. AlanSaysYo says: Jun 22, 2011 10:50 AM

    It’s not that hard to do the right thing here – go to the camp with your damn name on it.

  3. dldove77 says: Jun 22, 2011 10:53 AM

    You’d think the NFL Network would work with him to reschedule his interview at a different time. Of course, AP would have to care enough about his camp and these kids to make that re-scheduling a priority.

  4. jw731 says: Jun 22, 2011 10:55 AM

    Classy move….Damn Shame for the kids and their parents who paid……And this is the guy who likened his job to slavery…He is well on his way to becoming the most classless D in american sports……

  5. bishopslappytruelove says: Jun 22, 2011 11:06 AM

    It would be “slavery” to be forced to go to your own football camp! What a man of the people!

  6. arzcardinals says: Jun 22, 2011 11:07 AM

    Classless!!!! Way to let the kids down for self promotion. You show up as a better person if you skipped the taping and helped work with the kids.
    I would have expected better from you Peterson.

  7. Schoop says: Jun 22, 2011 11:09 AM

    I am a long time Viking fan, AND I think Adrian Peterson by and large is a good guy.

    But if this happened to me, I would pull my kid out of the camp, and I would write him a letter letting him know the REASON my kid wanted to go to the camp was in large part because of the opportunity to meet you.

    Disappointing decision.

    Who knows.. maybe his agent told him that attending the ESPN taping would be a way to increase his marketability and potential value, etc….

    Still lousy decision…

  8. rayguyreturns says: Jun 22, 2011 11:11 AM

    It’s all about Me, Me, Me, Me ………….

  9. steelhammer92 says: Jun 22, 2011 11:11 AM

    Really? He can’t do one of those satellite interviews that most athletes do during the season? He absolutely has to be there in person? What a joke.

  10. savocabol1 says: Jun 22, 2011 11:12 AM

    No question about it you go to that camp. They better offer a refund for those that decide to back out now that AP did the same thing.

  11. darthvincent says: Jun 22, 2011 11:21 AM

    and I thought using the “bait-and-switch” tactic for money was considered fraud… I mean who in the hell would pay $200 to participate in the Old Spice Special Guest Host Jason White camp… no one. Those are the football camps that are free.

  12. schmitty2 says: Jun 22, 2011 11:23 AM

    Let’s see..NFL networks studio is in L.A and the camp is in Oklahoma. The way Peterson drives as long as the interview is over a few hours before he should make it no problem

  13. fargovikesfan says: Jun 22, 2011 11:24 AM

    another prime example of how out of touch most of these big time athletes are. You’re going to break the hearts of a couple hundred kids in order to be on TV promoting yourself. Hey Adrian, maybe you should take some lessons from Jared Allen, look at all the work he’s done with the Wounded Warriors project. Thats truly being dedicated.

  14. phuzzball says: Jun 22, 2011 11:29 AM

    He would do MUCH more for his image if NFL network interviewed him ON LOCATION at his camp…with a bunch of smiling kids around him.

  15. vikefan says: Jun 22, 2011 11:29 AM

    if my kids were signed up, i would demand my money back, PFT is on the money on this one. For as classy as he can be during the season at events and fundraisers, this is 2nd straight off season of putting himself above & before more important and previously scheduled events. ur not gaining any community sympanthy or support with these types of decisions #28, maybe time to listen to trade talks Vikings.

  16. phuzzball says: Jun 22, 2011 11:30 AM

    And one more note to AP and NFL…nobody gives a flip about the Top 100. End the Lockout!

  17. johnsticle says: Jun 22, 2011 11:35 AM

    Most people don’t know the good things AD has done, in just this lockout. This is obviously a bad decision on his part but I see a solution.

    Move the date for the camp.

    I can’t say I blame him, who wouldn’t want to be in the NFL Top 100 Players of 2011? And in all honesty I’m glad he’s in it.

    But just… move the date of the camp. This lockout has a couple more weeks left in it, he has plenty of time…

    AD does a lot of really good stuff most of us don’t hear about. Unless you listen to KFAN AM 1130. It’s always the bad decisions that get reported.

  18. bpjensen says: Jun 22, 2011 11:42 AM

    Move the date of the camp? Are you serious?

    It is easier change the schedules of a couple hundred families and their kids so that one guy can tape a 5-minute segment?

    Is the NFL Network going to kick All Day out of the top 100 if he doesn’t do the interview at the exact same time as the camp?

  19. whitemike55 says: Jun 22, 2011 11:47 AM

    Every parent should remove his child from Adrian Petersons camp, request a full refund, and buy their kids $200.00 worth of Viking merchandise or even better, take their kid to a game or two this coming season.

  20. savocabol1 says: Jun 22, 2011 11:49 AM

    A lot of these anti AP comments have 1 thumbs down. Is Adrian Peterson on PFT?

  21. duanethomas says: Jun 22, 2011 11:50 AM

    Everyone know how pro-player I am, but this is stupid and selfish. The kids paid 199.00 to see Adrian Peterson, not Jason White. He has no clue and neither does his advisors. Can you imagine Barry Sanders doing something lik that? Selfish…….

  22. joetoronto says: Jun 22, 2011 11:53 AM

    phuzzball says: Jun 22, 2011 11:29 AM

    He would do MUCH more for his image if NFL network interviewed him ON LOCATION at his camp…with a bunch of smiling kids around him.
    **************************************************
    Bingo!

  23. rugdog100 says: Jun 22, 2011 11:53 AM

    You’d think with that behavior, he’ be playing for the Packers. We’ll, I’m willing to cut him some slack, as he set the dates for the camp well before he knew about the NFLN Top 100 thing. Still, he should make every effort to at least show up at some point before the camp ends. Let’s see if he does.

  24. CKL says: Jun 22, 2011 11:55 AM

    Dissing grownups is one thing, but KIDS? Come on AP, that ‘s just rotten.

  25. jlinatl says: Jun 22, 2011 12:00 PM

    It could easily be “managed” with a Meet and Greet at another time. At the very least, the camp should offer a refund to anyone who no longer wants to attend if Peterson’s attendance was used as a draw. Athothough personally, using his name in and of itself alludes stonng enough to his attendance as the draw.

  26. bingocostello says: Jun 22, 2011 12:13 PM

    Adrian “the Slave” Peterson? wait is he having his PERSONAL slaves take his place at the Peterson School?

  27. lbpackfan says: Jun 22, 2011 12:15 PM

    He should’ve skipped the NFC Championship game in 2010 as well…

  28. thewizardofbrahs says: Jun 22, 2011 12:21 PM

    as a vikings fan,this is the most disapointing offseason that i can remember(last season as well). its not bad enough we have to deal with the lockout and the stadium situation,but now we have to deal with the whole team imploding. You have a rookie quarterback doing the right thing getting a camp going,and most of the team isnt interested.you have ray edwards running his mouth,which isnt a big surprise,petersons slavery comment,and now this.and thats just a few incidents with the team this off season.what gives?

  29. darthvincent says: Jun 22, 2011 12:23 PM

    lbpackfan says: He should’ve skipped the NFC Championship game in 2010 as well…

    I was under the impression that he did.

  30. gregjennings85 says: Jun 22, 2011 12:24 PM

    Oh my God…

    Heisman Trophy Winner Jason White will be there?!?!?

    Listen, I’ve been in a fallout shelter for the past 7 years, I assume he’s a regular Pro-Bowler by now. Just out of curiosity, y’all, which team does Jason play for?

  31. locutusthebusybody says: Jun 22, 2011 12:30 PM

    Where are contra, locutus, phantom and pervy? Why aren’t they defending their player?

  32. pkrlvr says: Jun 22, 2011 12:36 PM

    Haven’t seen anyone say it yet, so I will. This is obviously a B.S excuse so he could miss the camp. Anyone of AP’s caliber could reschedule the interview no problem. He’s chosen not to even though he could, which means he doesn’t want to be at the camp……

  33. smoothjimmyapollo says: Jun 22, 2011 12:39 PM

    “Every parent should remove his child from Adrian Petersons camp, request a full refund, and buy their kids $200.00 worth of Viking merchandise or even better, take their kid to a game or two this coming season.”

    Why, so they can root for the guy who stiffed them?

    While I don’t think Peterson attending his football camp is going to make or break the stadium deal, the Vikings are in a situation where they need members of their organization to be ambassadors for the team if they’re going to get public support for a new stadium. They need these guys putting smiles on kids faces or visiting veterans or things along those lines. They need the people of Minnesota to realize that if they lose the Vikings, they’re losing a valuable part of the community and not just 3 hours of entertainment on Sundays.

  34. enrgy2burn says: Jun 22, 2011 12:39 PM

    one word: SELFISH

    my parade… my honor… F my teammates and the kids!!!

    well, i say, F AP!!! (on a side note, it’s good to see that slaves have a choice of agenda!)

  35. ramofsteel says: Jun 22, 2011 12:46 PM

    Losin more and more respect for Peterson. It’s a camp for kids. Top 100 is just somethin busy the NFLN is doin durin the lockout. He’ll gain respect back if he does somethin for the kids later, like givin those who paid free jerseys or tickets to a game.

    I doubt that’ll happen tho.

  36. bishopslappytruelove says: Jun 22, 2011 12:57 PM

    Let’s just not watch the NFL Top 100 episode featuring Mr. Peterson.

  37. rcali says: Jun 22, 2011 1:04 PM

    He must be employing Lebron James’s PR department.

  38. brooks07 says: Jun 22, 2011 1:05 PM

    Hmmmm… Let me think about this.. Show up for a camp with my name on it to teach some kids who look up to me?

    OR

    Go on a show (owned by the slave owners) where I can talk about me loving me some me?

    Not a tough decision!

    ME WINS EVERYTIME!

  39. prior0knowledge says: Jun 22, 2011 1:15 PM

    A good reporter would find out if the sponsors are offering to give the participants their money back1

  40. richm2256 says: Jun 22, 2011 1:28 PM

    phuzzball says:
    He would do MUCH more for his image if NFL network interviewed him ON LOCATION at his camp…with a bunch of smiling kids around him.
    ————————————————-

    Amen to that! EVERYBODY wins that way.

  41. Spencer says: Jun 22, 2011 1:59 PM

    I’m just sad for the kids. A lot of players have FREE camps. These families forked over good money for this one, and Peterson can’t even show up?

  42. tundey says: Jun 22, 2011 2:02 PM

    To ditch your own camp for an absolutely useless ranking like the NFL Network’s Top 100 program shows immense lack of judgement. I mean seriously…I don’t get the reason why this list is so popular. It’s just a freaking list of 100 program. Not like it’s the Heisman or SuperBowl MVP.

  43. laeaglefan says: Jun 22, 2011 2:16 PM

    Peterson wants to cash in on his fame as much as possible right now. After all, he’s only a torn ACL away from his career being effectively over.

  44. hobartbaker says: Jun 22, 2011 2:17 PM

    Adrian won’t be there, All Day. Every Day.

  45. duece5 says: Jun 22, 2011 2:29 PM

    vikefan says:
    Jun 22, 2011 11:29 AM
    if my kids were signed up, i would demand my money back, PFT is on the money on this one. For as classy as he can be during the season at events and fundraisers, this is 2nd straight off season of putting himself above & before more important and previously scheduled events. ur not gaining any community sympanthy or support with these types of decisions #28, maybe time to listen to trade talks Vikings

    duece5 says:

    I don’t agree with Adrian picking the NFL Network Top 100 over his camp.

    BUT NO WAY YOU TRADE ADRIAN PETERSON!!!

    Gather yourself Vikefan….. a little too emotional here.

  46. slugbaitwm7 says: Jun 22, 2011 2:39 PM

    What would be really cool would be that Peyton Manning, Nnamdi Asomugha and Derrelle Revis hear about this and decide those kids shouldn’t be disappointed like that…and all three show up in AP’s place, and tell NFLN to schedule around them.

    CBS or FOX could cover this feel-good story for the kids.

  47. kaoticbandito says: Jun 22, 2011 2:48 PM

    Someone should call the Virginia Destroyers…they have an Adrian Peterson they can loan the camp.

  48. btowngetsdown says: Jun 22, 2011 2:50 PM

    Wasn’t there a point in time where the players were considering not going on the NFL Network because it was owned by the same people that were locking them out from their jobs?

    Now AP bails on kids to interview for NFL Network, helping them generate more revenues. Hope you fumble 100 times this season.

  49. mrplow3 says: Jun 22, 2011 3:08 PM

    “Remember when Daunte Culpepper gave that kid in a wheelchair a necklace and then took it back? Some things never change.”

    You left out the part where he instead gave the kid 10 grand.

    Whole story: Kid asked Culpepper on stage in front of all the cameras for his necklace putting Daunte in a awkward spot. I think the cash he gave the kid in EXCHANGE for his necklace back more then makes up for it.

    In other news Culpepper donated 1 million dollars to a single orphan charity.

    Don’t smear a good man, he’s no Adrian Peterson.

  50. spawnsacs says: Jun 22, 2011 3:14 PM

    Brett Favre approves of this move……….

  51. Kave Krew says: Jun 22, 2011 3:19 PM

    Name change for #28……Adrain MEterson

  52. locutus says: Jun 22, 2011 5:54 PM

    locutusthebusybody says: Jun 22, 2011 12:30 PM

    Where are contra, locutus, phantom and pervy? Why aren’t they defending their player?

    Here and I do not need an external moral compass. Let’s hear what AP has to say first before we get the pitchforks out. If true, then I am very disappointed in him and his decision making process.

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