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Camp organizer: Blame us, not Adrian Peterson

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The company organizing this week’s Adrian Peterson Football Camp has acknowledged that its previous statement explaining why Peterson won’t attend the camp was false, and the company says Peterson had nothing to do with the screw-up and doesn’t deserve to be blamed.

“ProCamps Worldwide would like to correct its previous statement regarding this week’s Adrian Peterson Camp in Norman, Oklahoma as well as take full responsibility for the scheduling mishap with this event,” the company says in a statement on its web site. “We erroneously stated that Adrian’s inability to attend the camp results from his involvement with the NFL Network’s Top 100 Players of 2011. In fact, he will be visiting the NFL Network on July 3, 2011. ProCamps has appreciated the opportunity to assist Adrian with his football camp the past three years and due to a breakdown in communication on our end, the camp was scheduled at a time that prevented Adrian from being able to attend.”

In other words, ProCamps decided to start charging parents $199 to send their kids to the Adrian Peterson Football Camp without checking to see whether Adrian Peterson could make it. Now the company says it will offer full refunds to those who don’t attend.

The camp will still take place Thursday and Friday at the University of Oklahoma Intramural Fields, with former Oklahoma player Jason White, Mark Clayton and DeMarco Murray in attendance.

“We apologize for any inconvenience this might have caused anyone,” ProCamps says, “specifically to Adrian, as well his fans and all camp attendees.”

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51 Responses to “Camp organizer: Blame us, not Adrian Peterson”
  1. blizzard01 says: Jun 22, 2011 6:44 PM

    What am I supposed to do with all my pent-up righteous anger towards AP?

    …hey, what’s Jay Cutler doing this summer?

  2. thewhitestguyhere says: Jun 22, 2011 6:44 PM

    i’ll still blame AP

  3. ramofsteel says: Jun 22, 2011 6:45 PM

    Either way, if you name a camp “Adrian Peterson Camp” and can’t/don’t/won’t show up, it’s still bad on Peterson’s part. These kids hear “Adrian Peterson Camp” and get excited to see an OU legend (and it’s really about his time @ OU than in Minnesota) and then…disappoinment. Why not the camp and Peterson work together to ensure Peterson would be able to come?? C’mon it’s not that hard!

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

    do they also take blame for when he compared the NFL to “modern day slavery”?

  5. oldhamletman says: Jun 22, 2011 6:46 PM

    wasn’t there a very similar “our fault, he didn’t really know” excuse by a Vick event organizer a couple of months ago?

    AP is probably glad he remembered that play and then called the organizer to lean on them with a threat of pulling his name….

    good to know that these organizers will take the blame in a heartbeat so that irresponsible Players can continue to act like children…. and disappoint our children while committing fraud…..

  6. jbaxt says: Jun 22, 2011 6:49 PM

    Eff A-hole P!

  7. cusoman says: Jun 22, 2011 6:50 PM

    Boy, all you headcases from the original story are feeling pretty dumb now, aren’t ya?

  8. twitter:Chapman_Jamie says: Jun 22, 2011 6:50 PM

    If Peterson is going to put his name on it then he should at least make an appearance at the last day or something. Obviously he became upset and threatened to pull his name off of it and as a result we have this statement. AP is toast.

  9. vikefan says: Jun 22, 2011 6:53 PM

    So how can this “Pro Camps” organization even put AP’s name on the camp title? This camp was bogus b4 it even got started.

  10. thewhitestguyhere says: Jun 22, 2011 6:55 PM

    maybe his date book was hacked!!!

  11. darthvincent says: Jun 22, 2011 6:58 PM

    I humbly apologize to the greatest fumbler in recent Minnesota history for jumping to an inconclusive conclusion about bait-and-switch tactics before all the facts were out…

  12. dogsweat1 says: Jun 22, 2011 7:07 PM

    AP, Has his minions brain washed, like Master and slave!!!!!

    Don’t buy it Master Adrian!!!

  13. superbengalfan says: Jun 22, 2011 7:08 PM

    Come on PFT, you usually cut through all the bull and that’s why we read this site. It’s gotta be about the money, not these blatant lies.

  14. coachknights says: Jun 22, 2011 7:08 PM

    Adrian Peterson ran over my dog.

  15. prnandhomeless says: Jun 22, 2011 7:11 PM

    From the local talk radio station, WWLS, ProCamps failed to sign Adrian to do the camp this year, but moved forward in putting his name on the camp regardless.

    Everyone throwing AP under the bus in the last 2 threads (and still in this one) should be ashamed of themselves.

    This lockout is really making you all go crazy.

  16. hendeeze says: Jun 22, 2011 7:19 PM

    using the camp as a scapegoat? Look AP you fumbled another opportunity to make things right.

  17. ticewasbetter says: Jun 22, 2011 7:26 PM

    As Peter Griffen would say:

    “Oh My God! Who the Hell Cares?!”

  18. pacificamjr says: Jun 22, 2011 7:28 PM

    i bet we dont get any posts about actual football for the rest of today

  19. schemefactory says: Jun 22, 2011 7:30 PM

    priorities, fumbleface. priorities.

  20. 3xcharm says: Jun 22, 2011 7:35 PM

    Maybe I missed something but this still doesn’t say what AP is DOING those days.

  21. thetooloftools says: Jun 22, 2011 7:50 PM

    Isn’t this the same company that said Jack Tatum would be at his football camp too?

  22. raider316 says: Jun 22, 2011 7:51 PM

    That’s” modern day slavery” for you.
    AP is one of the oppressed.

  23. massappeal12345 says: Jun 22, 2011 7:59 PM

    Anybody interested in tickets for a Elvis camp.

  24. prior0knowledge says: Jun 22, 2011 8:03 PM

    What a bunch of BS. What scheduling conflict? He just blew off the kids because he felt like it. What an A-H!

  25. cusoman says: Jun 22, 2011 8:07 PM

    twitter:Chapman_Jamie says:
    Jun 22, 2011 6:50 PM
    If Peterson is going to put his name on it then he should at least make an appearance at the last day or something.

    —————-

    Right, and if I stay at a Hilton hotel I should get a Paris Hilton booty call before my stay is up. Give me a break.

  26. conseannery says: Jun 22, 2011 8:09 PM

    Get the former Bears back, the “other” Adrian Peterson, to attend and watch the hilarity ensue.

  27. jebdamone says: Jun 22, 2011 8:09 PM

    i must have missed something because i thought this became an issue when NFL network exposed the fact that their taping with AD was not even on the same days as this camp. if thats the case, what is preventing adrian from making an appearance now?

  28. canadianvikingfaniii says: Jun 22, 2011 8:12 PM

    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.
    ————————————–
    I knew there was more to this than what was reported or on the site of theirs.. Always jumping to conclusions you people are.

  29. ezmoover says: Jun 22, 2011 8:31 PM

    Maybe if All Day Slave Boy didn’t come off like such an outrageous, jackass, multimillion dollar ingrate, then there wouldn’t be so much venom spewed on him.

    He deserves it.

    Maybe then All Day Slave Boy will get the message that being a multimillion dollar ingrate was wrong.

    Otherwise, he deserves all the venom that gets spewed on him.

  30. 808raiderinparadise says: Jun 22, 2011 8:39 PM

    Come on, wouldn’t you rather have your child attend Kenny Britt Camp anyway?

  31. rugdog100 says: Jun 22, 2011 8:41 PM

    Hmmm… I guess all you Viking and Ap haters have to take a big bite of crow now… LMAO. Especially the Packer fans who should have nothing whatsoever to say after Aaron Rodgers dissed that cancer patient in the airport last season.

  32. beerbratscheese says: Jun 22, 2011 8:41 PM

    I’ll buy that excuse. After all, AP, himself admitted he is nothing more than a modern day slave. How much say should a slave get in a matter such as this.

  33. theytukrjobs says: Jun 22, 2011 8:44 PM

    If you book it, he will come. He isn’t coming? Oh @#$#@!!1!

    Anyone who has followed Adrian and his career knew this thing was fishy from the start. He’s a class act and not the type to schedule a camp and bail.

    And of course the kids get a refund if they don’t want to come now so at least there is that. Hell the ones that do come should get a partial refund.

  34. slugbaitwm7 says: Jun 22, 2011 8:47 PM

    Well then, I think I’m going to organize a pay-fer event called William Shatner Acting Camp and teach. Kids. How to talk like. This.

  35. jacksaysfu says: Jun 22, 2011 8:47 PM

    @cusoman … Actually your the one that should feel dumb for believing this garbage .
    Its a annual event called the ADRIAN PETERSON CAMP . I will never believe they never called AP , or that AP DIDNT KNOW he was supposed to be at AP CAMP.
    If he is not scheduled to be @ NFLN then whats the REAL reason he cant or wont attend ?

  36. bishopslappytruelove says: Jun 22, 2011 9:35 PM

    This is beyond belief. I find it hard to fathom that there are that many people who will lie for another. A person must take ownership for his actions.

  37. Peter Venkman says: Jun 22, 2011 9:40 PM

    Adrian Peterson
    Running Back #28
    Los Angeles Vikings

  38. halestorm74 says: Jun 22, 2011 9:49 PM

    As long as he has 1500+ yards every year in a purple uniform he can do whatever he wants…..SKOL

  39. Little Earthquake says: Jun 22, 2011 10:14 PM

    So he’s still not showing up, but it’s not because of the NFL Network? So what’s his excuse?

    Way to take the fall, ProCamps. I’m not surprised – pro athletes are used to other people covering for them.

  40. richm2256 says: Jun 22, 2011 10:24 PM

    Nothing like jumping on the grenade for ol’ AP, huh?

    Is anybody buying this lame excuse that all of a sudden, after three years of doing this, they actually forgot to line up the guy the event is named after?

  41. hoobsher says: Jun 23, 2011 12:12 AM

    who do we get pissed at for the slavery comment then?

  42. duece5 says: Jun 23, 2011 12:29 AM

    “ProCamps has appreciated the opportunity to assist Adrian with his football camp the past three years and due to a breakdown in communication on our end, the camp was scheduled at a time that prevented Adrian from being able to attend,” the statement read.

    “We would like to note that Adrian has never missed a minute of his camp since the inception and that over 1,000 kids have been impacted as a result. Furthermore, Adrian’s commitment to helping kids is reflective in the multiple football camps he has hosted since entering the NFL and continues through his commitment to his personal foundation as well as mission trips assisting kids around the world.”

    ProCamps initially said Peterson would not be able to attend because he was taping a segment……

    duece 5 says:

    When an entity such as ProCamps doesn’t receive approval for an athlete’s presence, you can’t place blame on the athlete. It’s hilarious all the haters out there…..typical pack fans!!!!!

    Props to Pro Camps for admitting their mistake, and THEY should be the ones overapologizing to the KIDS!!!

  43. granadafan says: Jun 23, 2011 12:49 AM

    This is a spin job if I ever read if I ever read one. Come on, of course the camp is going to “take the blame” and cover for their star. LOL at the gullible people in this site.

  44. cusoman says: Jun 23, 2011 1:03 AM

    jacksaysfu says:
    Jun 22, 2011 8:47 PM

    ————–

    Again, what makes you think because someone’s name is on something that they are guaranteed to be there? It’s not the “Adrian Peterson Football Camp and Meet and Greet”.

  45. redrew says: Jun 23, 2011 7:27 AM

    Here’s what ProCamps says regarding their Wes Welker football camp….”Join Oklahoma City native and 2010 Pro Bowler Wes Welker for football instruction and fun at the 2011 Wes Welker Football Camp, benefitting the Wes Welker Foundation”
    In fact, every other star player with their name attached to these camps invites campers to “JOIN” them………except Adrian Peterson?????
    So please stop this apology nonsense. Peterson has blown off this camp….unlike EVERY other player on the ProCamps roster.

  46. zappa69 says: Jun 23, 2011 7:42 AM

    Who cares if he’s not at the camp. The only thing that matters is winning games and he needs to improve on that. Don’t care if he beats his wife and eats children with Mike Tyson, drives over your dog or your wife, or children just as long as he is ready on Sunday’s. DON”T CARE about any of these athletes personal history’s, dirty secrets, money problems, boat rides, NOTHING! All that matters is winning! I don’t buy jerseys, tickets to games, fat heads, NOTHING! I wouldn’t stand in line to meet him, could give a sheet about his autograph, or a pic with ANY of them. Steroids? YES! Faster, stronger, meaner. Turn them into vicious dogs and let them kill each other so I can enjoy it on HiDef. Just be on time and ready to play ARSWHIPE!

  47. bdickey33 says: Jun 23, 2011 9:05 AM

    ramofsteel says:
    Jun 22, 2011 6:45 PM
    Either way, if you name a camp “Adrian Peterson Camp” and can’t/don’t/won’t show up, it’s still bad on Peterson’s part. These kids hear “Adrian Peterson Camp” and get excited to see an OU legend (and it’s really about his time @ OU than in Minnesota) and then…disappoinment. Why not the camp and Peterson work together to ensure Peterson would be able to come?? C’mon it’s not that hard!
    ___________________________________

    Ok, well I’m going to have a Jack Nicklaus golf outing tomorrow and invite a couple kids out. If Jack doesn’t show up let’s roast him!

    Are you kidding me with this comment? The camp screwed up and you are saying it is bad on Adrian’s part? Just looking to blame the athletes for anything. What protects athletes in this situation, is he supposed to take the camp to court for misuse of his name? I mean seriously, he can’t make it that weekend and they scheduled it with his name that weekend. Give the guy a break.

  48. Stupid Raiders Fan says: Jun 23, 2011 9:54 AM

    He’ll be in Minnesota for the Vikings mini-camp. No wait….

  49. brewdogg says: Jun 23, 2011 11:45 AM

    Let’s wait to find out where he is that weekend. For all we know, he could be scheduled for a time-sensitive bone marrow donation or something like that. Maybe the conflict is with a prior engagement with another organization that he had committed to before the dates of this camp were decided upon.

    Of course, if he is in Vegas or at the opening of some resturaunt, then he deserves to roast.

  50. btowngetsdown says: Jun 23, 2011 2:56 PM

    The full name of this camp is hilarious:

    “The Old Spice Adrian Peterson Football Camp presented by Chesapeake Energy and Verizon Wireless in partnership with The Oklahoman”

    Is there a way to cram in any more sponsors to that name?

  51. 28purple4mvp says: Jun 23, 2011 5:59 PM

    Is anybody buying this lame excuse that all of a sudden, after three years of doing this, they actually forgot to line up the guy the event is named after?–its called being human-people eef up all the time-not you your perfect-i have met and seen what he does for children-you people dogging him are the losers -

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