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Adrian Peterson’s football camp excuse doesn’t add up

Adrian Peterson, Brian Urlacher AP

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is supposedly missing the Adrian Peterson Football Camp because of a conflict with a taping of an NFL Network show. But that’s news to NFL Network.

The league-owned network says that Peterson’s taping is scheduled for July 3, and there’s no reason he’d need to miss a football camp that’s taking place June 23-24.

“Adrian Peterson will be live in-studio for NFL Network’s final Top 100: Players of 2011 – Reaction show on Sunday, July 3 to discuss the final episode unveiling the Top 10 players,” Dennis Johnson, the director of communications for NFL media, wrote in an e-mail to the Star Tribune. “There is no conflict with the camp.”

The Old Spice Adrian Peterson Football Camp has not replied to an e-mail from PFT seeking an explanation of why Peterson has to miss the camp for a TV taping that takes place nine days after the camp ends. But if Peterson can’t make it, it would be a nice gesture for him to offer to refund the $199 admission fee for any kids who signed up thinking they’d get to meet him.

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  1. watters7 says: Jun 22, 2011 3:33 PM

    Peterson really dropped the ball on this one.

  2. radrhatr says: Jun 22, 2011 3:34 PM

    The “it’s all about ME” bug has bitten poor Adrian again.

    His momma should make him go out and cut a switch.

  3. pacificamjr says: Jun 22, 2011 3:34 PM

    AP really fumbled this one

  4. vikefan says: Jun 22, 2011 3:35 PM

    ……uh oh, i smell a rat running around.

  5. carlgerbschmidt says: Jun 22, 2011 3:37 PM

    You can’t make it up. Nice one, AD, and here I thought you were one of the good guys (even though you’re a viking).

  6. xlvordie says: Jun 22, 2011 3:39 PM

    I’ve found myself increasingly unimpressed with Adrian. I’m a packer fan but had respect for him because he’s a beast on the field. Between the 109 mph speeding ticket, the slavery comment, and now this, I am quickly losing respect for him.

  7. myspaceyourface says: Jun 22, 2011 3:39 PM

    He must really be slaving over the fact he is required to be two places at once.

  8. eaglesfootballfan says: Jun 22, 2011 3:40 PM

    Time for Adrian to tell the truth about this one.

  9. bishopslappytruelove says: Jun 22, 2011 3:44 PM

    It is sad that Mr. Peterson seems to be too arrogant to spend a little time with young persons who look up to him and hope to learn something valuable from him.

  10. hobartbaker says: Jun 22, 2011 3:46 PM

    All Day got every day for the next two weeks to get to N.Y.

  11. jsratx says: Jun 22, 2011 3:47 PM

    I see the effects of hanging with Vince Young are starting to pay dividends.

  12. mrizzo44 says: Jun 22, 2011 3:47 PM

    I’ll bet the camp’s website was hacked…

  13. scoops1 says: Jun 22, 2011 3:51 PM

    is meeting AP part of the $199…

    if not kids should find a better camp to go that will focus on their needs and devolop their skills on the field

  14. willcoop says: Jun 22, 2011 3:51 PM

    I’m really getting fed up with these high priced overpaid ding dongs. He must be still sitting at home trying to master his Call of Duty Black Ops game. I recently had an athlete tell me he wasn’t going to attend his camp because he was trying to learn Maddens Football game. I hope he gives all the money back for breaching his contract with the kids that expected his irresponsible butt to be there.

  15. mnsportsfan21 says: Jun 22, 2011 3:54 PM

    Come on AP your the face of our fanchise, now you look like an idiot. Still got love, but just say you made a mistake and go to the camp or give them all their money back

  16. usmutts says: Jun 22, 2011 3:56 PM

    These youth football camps are nothing but modern day slavery.

  17. hrmlss says: Jun 22, 2011 3:56 PM

    Old Spice and Nike should threaten to cut ties with him, then he’d be there in a flash.

  18. footballfan says: Jun 22, 2011 3:57 PM

    Another spoiled athlete.

  19. mase7286 says: Jun 22, 2011 3:57 PM

    Old Spice is treating him like a slave, trying to make him do a kids camp. Just like the NFL was doing when they paid him millions of dollars.

  20. Robert says: Jun 22, 2011 3:57 PM

    The real AP shows his arrogant colors….

  21. usmutts says: Jun 22, 2011 3:59 PM

    Not being allowed to drive 102 mph is nothing but modern day slavery.

  22. usmutts says: Jun 22, 2011 4:01 PM

    Having to share a locker room for an entire season with Brett Favre is nothing but modern day slavery….oh, wait…

  23. gotitan says: Jun 22, 2011 4:03 PM

    AP, thanks so much, I really do appreciate this news.

    -Kenny Britt

  24. deweyaxewound says: Jun 22, 2011 4:03 PM

    Maybe his will teach all those kids an important lesson about rooting for the Vikings team or any of its players:

    DISAPPOINTMENT is the norm.

    Get used to it, kid(s).

  25. blackgolddomination says: Jun 22, 2011 4:04 PM

    Adrian Peterson Football Camp:
    Day One – Keep you hands lotioned up – nice and smooth.
    Day Two – Tweet 101 with special Guest TO
    Day Three – If you are black, play the race card in all situations. It doesn’t have to make sense kids.

  26. EJ says: Jun 22, 2011 4:08 PM

    Great job Mr. Peterson, that will teach those kids a lesson in running…

    That its ok to run from your responsibilities.

  27. bcknights says: Jun 22, 2011 4:12 PM

    AP, I thought you were a better man than that!

  28. jcg23 says: Jun 22, 2011 4:13 PM

    @watters7 BEST COMMENT EVER!!!!

  29. jrmbadger says: Jun 22, 2011 4:18 PM

    I’m a Packer fan, and would love nothing more than to bash a Viking, but come on MDS!

    Hasn’t PFT learned anything about not making snap judgments about an athlete’s character without knowing the full story? Wasn’t the Aaron Rodgers fiasco enough?

    Maybe he has a good excuse? Maybe he’s volunteering at a soup kitchen. Sheesh, I know this is the TMZ of pro football, but have SOME standards.

  30. rayala3 says: Jun 22, 2011 4:26 PM

    Modern day slavery must be taking up all his time

  31. flyboy123456 says: Jun 22, 2011 4:31 PM

    Now looky here, ya’ll, my moms said I di int have to go.

    Ya’ll need to mind yo bizness.

  32. schmitty2 says: Jun 22, 2011 4:34 PM

    More negative press the Vikings DON’T need. This franchise is going downhill at an alarming rate

  33. ejmat2 says: Jun 22, 2011 4:34 PM

    I can understand the hate on Adrian regarding this. I’m a Viking fan and like AP but his actions have been somewhat of a concern. His speeding on a couple of occasions and now this. However, for those of you that are trying to mock him on the fumbling thing maybe you ought to look at the statistics more often.

    as a Viking fan I was getting fed up with the fumbles. But in 2010 Adrian only fumbled the ball one time. That’s right ONCE! So, if you want to bash him for this and the speeding that’s fine. However, the fumbling are no longer warrented at this time.

  34. Robert says: Jun 22, 2011 4:34 PM

    Viking negativity, the gift that keeps on giving!

  35. canadianvikingfaniii says: Jun 22, 2011 4:45 PM

    Before we go and start attacking the guy I’d love to actually get a quote from him and or his agent. So far in two articles and a site I have yet to see anything come from either of their mouths.

  36. rugdog100 says: Jun 22, 2011 4:55 PM

    Sounds like a rumor a Packer fan would start.

  37. 4gone says: Jun 22, 2011 4:55 PM

    Your move Mendenhall

  38. Derty Ernie says: Jun 22, 2011 5:28 PM

    I used to be so impressed with this guy and have to think that someone is screwing with his head.
    Otherwise I don’t get it. I do have news for him: his best years are in the rearview mirror.

  39. jacksaysfu says: Jun 22, 2011 5:29 PM

    Wow , he even fumbles during a lockout !

  40. deweyaxewound says: Jun 22, 2011 5:29 PM

    ejmat2 says:
    Jun 22, 2011 4:34 PM
    I can understand the hate on Adrian regarding this. I’m a Viking fan and like AP but his actions have been somewhat of a concern. His speeding on a couple of occasions and now this. However, for those of you that are trying to mock him on the fumbling thing maybe you ought to look at the statistics more often.

    as a Viking fan I was getting fed up with the fumbles. But in 2010 Adrian only fumbled the ball one time. That’s right ONCE! So, if you want to bash him for this and the speeding that’s fine. However, the fumbling are no longer warrented at this time.
    ___________________________________

    Only once, huh?

    That’s because it’s hard to fumble when every time your offense has the ball (all of a whopping 3-4 possessions per game!), Failvre is either getting his INT on, or else defenders are bounce-passing his brain off the turf

    (a la Corey Wooten).

  41. jacksaysfu says: Jun 22, 2011 5:35 PM

    @ejmat2 … He did have a good year last year , but 1 year isnt enough too drop the fumble prone label , IMO

  42. rcunningham says: Jun 22, 2011 5:42 PM

    Man, you guys are like vultures.

  43. thephantomstranger says: Jun 22, 2011 5:48 PM

    If you spent $199 so your kid would be able to meet Adrian Peterson, this story (and the speeding and the slavery stories) should convince you that you should discourage your kids from having pro athletes as role models. They never fail to disappoint.

  44. locutus says: Jun 22, 2011 5:59 PM

    jrmbadger says: Jun 22, 2011 4:18 PM and canadianvikingfaniii says: Jun 22, 2011 4:45 PM

    These two comments make the most sense and I said as much on the previous thread. Let’s get the facts before breaking out the pitchforks first. If true, the AP is not very smart in his decision making and I would be very disappointed in him with this.

  45. tramonisland says: Jun 22, 2011 6:22 PM

    here’s the camp’s explanation. i don’t buy a word of it….

    http://www.procamps.com/adrianpeterson

  46. twitter:Chapman_Jamie says: Jun 22, 2011 6:23 PM

    AP is not the guy he seemed to be, this off season has proved that. Not too bright, very arrogant and sems to think he is above everyone else. It’s too bad too because the guy is an amazing athlete.

  47. oldhamletman says: Jun 22, 2011 6:41 PM

    sad thing is that the vast majority of Players behave this way every day….

    excuses, whining, blaming others, trying to get away with anything they can, breaking the rules, breaking their promises, thinking they can get away with anything, being coddled and expecting it, demanding everything even though they aren’t paying the bills, needing to be begged to see the golden rule…

    sounds like…. kindergarten….

  48. ejmat2 says: Jun 22, 2011 7:10 PM

    Only once, huh?

    That’s because it’s hard to fumble when every time your offense has the ball (all of a whopping 3-4 possessions per game!), Failvre is either getting his INT on, or else defenders are bounce-passing his brain off the turf

    (a la Corey Wooten).
    ——————————————
    Pretty assinine statement. Care to show a link on your statistic? I bet you don’t because it isn’t close to being correct. I agree they had their offensive struggles this year but to say it’s only because they had 3-4 possessions per game is just plain assinine. What’s even more assinine are the people that actually liked this post.

    So Mr. go off the topic, why don’t you look at how many carries AP had? Wouldn’t that show more of a truer statistic than what you are trying to claim? Way to make yourself look foolish.

  49. ejmat2 says: Jun 22, 2011 7:14 PM

    jacksaysfu says:
    Jun 22, 2011 5:35 PM
    @ejmat2 … He did have a good year last year , but 1 year isnt enough too drop the fumble prone label , IMO
    ————————————–
    Fair enough. I can agree it will take more than one year to prove he is completely over it. However, the fact he only fumbled one time in 283 carries is a pretty damn good sample size to show he has improved. Therefore the people that have commented here proved they throw out statements without knowing the entire story.

  50. ccad05 says: Jun 22, 2011 8:17 PM

    Isn’t he on tour with sharpton and Jackson during the lockout talkin about how much they’ve suffered cause they don’t have enough millions? Or enough people bowing down to them?

  51. locutusthebusybody says: Jun 22, 2011 10:55 PM

    locutus says:Jun 22, 2011 5:59 PM

    jrmbadger says: Jun 22, 2011 4:18 PM and canadianvikingfaniii says: Jun 22, 2011 4:45 PM

    These two comments make the most sense and I said as much on the previous thread. Let’s get the facts before breaking out the pitchforks first. If true, the AP is not very smart in his decision making and I would be very disappointed in him with this.
    _________

    Thank you for telling us which comments make the most sense and in general, for your sage advice. We are all so much more the wise and better off because we are able to take advantage of your guidance and wisdom.

  52. crimeneversleeps says: Jun 22, 2011 11:49 PM

    Wonder if this story from USA TODAY has anything to do with his no-show (for a new show?)

    http://content.usatoday.com/topics/article/Organizations/Sports+Leagues/NFL/Minnesota+Vikings/06Y6eBAas55eZ/1

  53. cesquire says: Jun 23, 2011 8:18 AM

    Some people pointed out that Peterson got a speeding ticket going over 100 mph. What they might have forgotten is he got another one going 53 mph in a 35 mph zone less than a year afterwards. Maybe he will need a Koren Robinson type punishment to learn his lesson.

  54. thephantomstranger says: Jun 23, 2011 12:17 PM

    cesquire says:
    Jun 23, 2011 8:18 AM
    Some people pointed out that Peterson got a speeding ticket going over 100 mph. What they might have forgotten is he got another one going 53 mph in a 35 mph zone less than a year afterwards. Maybe he will need a Koren Robinson type punishment to learn his lesson.
    _____________________

    You mean being sent to Green Bay?

  55. gretchenwe says: Jun 24, 2011 12:52 AM

    My son Andrew, loves football. We live in the Seattle area. Every Sunday he channel surfs to watch any clip he can of Adrian Peterson. He is 13– His goal last year was to score ONE touchdown– He scored 22. He averaged over 150 yds/game. Runs the 40 in 4.7 and his fastest 100 time was 11.58. He is a shy, quiet–team player without a big ego. He never asks for things so when I surpised him the smile on his face when I told him he was going to “AD’s” camp was PRICELESS… He left 60 degree weather to go to play in 100 degrees and missed his last 4 days of school. If I wanted him in a skills camp I would send him to U of W football camp– I sent him down there to meet and play with his hero…. The camp said they made the mistake and that they will make sure that Andrew gets to camp next year. They PROMISED that they would make things right. Andrew is NOT mad at Adrian– He was just very disappointed and also expressed how bad he felt for all the other kids who were there just to meet Adrian. Please don’t bash AD, I have read about what a great man Adrian is on and off the field so there must have been a really good reason for him to miss camp. Lesson learned needs to be that before these athletes lend their names to these camp they need to read what is expected of them and make sure that the camp states that the camp is in NAME only. I called the camp when I heard rumors that AD wouldn’t be there and I was PROMISED by the person on the phone that he would be there and that is what the website said. When things like this are done to adults it is bad but when you do something like this to a kid you teach them the wrong lessons… The CEO of the camp sounds like an upstanding guy and seems like he will do what it takes to make it up to the kids… Besides the heat– Drew said camp was fun– He is staying with a great family– a friend who was an All American that played for OU and is teaching Drew a lot about football…
    Someday he WILL meet his hero the great “AD”… just not this week…

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