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Adrian Peterson’s foundation denies newspaper’s claims

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Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is still facing his day in court on child abuse charges, and he’s probably played his last down in Minnesota.

But his representatives said they were surprised to read claims of charity mismanagement in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, since the paper never contacted them.

“I wish they’d have given us a call and given us a chance to clear up some of these misconceptions,” said Bruce Richman, who runs the All Day Foundation now.

Richman said he’s since talked to reporters from the Star Tribune, but detailed some of the errors in their story. Much of it stemmed from the poor management of the foundation prior to 2011 (when Peterson cleaned house and hired a new team to manage it).

“There’s no real story since 2011,” Richman said. “Because we’ve cleaned everything up.”

For instance, the paper reported that a group called Straight From the Heart Ministries in Laurel, Md. denied receiving money from Peterson. Richman said that was because the foundation gave to a group in California with the same name. That was similar to a paperwork confusion regarding donations to food banks in Texas.

Richman detailed a list of contributions Peterson made in 2012 through 2013 totaling over $1.4 million, most of which came from his own pocket rather than sponsors or events. That include a pair of $450,000 donations to churches.

There were no denials about the six children out of wedlock, or the orgy (though it was noted that the funds for the hotel which housed the sex party came from Peterson’s personal account rather than foundation money). But last time we checked, neither sex nor its cause-and-effect relationship to the appearance of children was illegal or uncommon.

Again, the damage control will likely continue when Peterson finds a new team. He’s currently on the commissioner’s exempt list, and the Vikings are paying him. But if they decide not to, he’d likely find work again depending on the outcome of his court case.

That’s a whole other story, one which will begin to unfold when he has his day in court.

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  1. illogic87 says: Oct 6, 2014 3:29 PM

    I would sue the Star Trib if I were AP…what a witch hunt!

  2. thegreatgabbert says: Oct 6, 2014 3:31 PM

    Bruce was formerly known as Bruce Jones before taking his current position with the Charitable Foundation.

  3. jjb0811 says: Oct 6, 2014 3:34 PM

    Get the switch out AP.

  4. drswaggletooth says: Oct 6, 2014 3:34 PM

    Will the story never held water…why would someone who makes tens of millions of dollars per year in salary and endorsements steal 10s of thousands from a charity that he has given millions to.

  5. ctiggs says: Oct 6, 2014 3:35 PM

    Media and women ruining men for life.

  6. bucrightoff says: Oct 6, 2014 3:35 PM

    What, you expected them to admit to being complicit in tax fraud?

  7. mnvikingsfan says: Oct 6, 2014 3:37 PM

    Did anyone actually believe this (or any charitable foundation) would actually step up and say “oh gee golly whiz……ya caught us”

  8. blowpackblow says: Oct 6, 2014 3:39 PM

    AP signed with the MN Twins today. They needed a switch hitter.

  9. thegreatgabbert says: Oct 6, 2014 3:39 PM

    Off the field he’s known as All Night.

  10. thethunderofgunns says: Oct 6, 2014 3:39 PM

    Keep digging PC media!!! I’m sure you can find more dirt on the guy, and if not, ya know, just fabricate it to make him look bad. RUIN him in the name of tolerance you hypocrites!!!!!:)

  11. jxt2521 says: Oct 6, 2014 3:41 PM

    I feel like newspapers know to get the story out without fact checking with the individuals involved because the made up story is more sensational and they get to double dip with a follow up one too.

  12. titansbro says: Oct 6, 2014 3:43 PM

    I think we can all tell you that having six out of wed-lock children with six different women is uncommon.

  13. redislander10 says: Oct 6, 2014 3:43 PM

    This particular writer constantly speculates that “he’s probably played his last down in Minnesota.” Yet, if that were the case, wouldn’t Minnesota have decided to just cut him by now? It makes little sense to keep him on the roster as a paid employee throughout the entirity of the legal and media sides of this situation if they were really intent on just letting him go when it is all said and done. Which makes me think that this writer is simply attempting to manipulate other people’s opinions about the situation, when he should just stick to reporting.

  14. fground says: Oct 6, 2014 3:44 PM

    so no stoning! Little Billy Mitchell from Duluth will be so disappointed

  15. ggggggggggmen says: Oct 6, 2014 3:44 PM

    when it comes to the media when does, mind your own business begin to take over? some stories that come out on players is ridicilous..

    like cromartie and his kids i would of never interview for that bc its noones business

    i agree with post 1..AP should sue and win big
    and i hope to see AP play again this year.

  16. juliusanonymous says: Oct 6, 2014 3:45 PM

    Some smart team is going to pick him up. They’d be crazy not to. I hope my Seahawks find a way somehow.

    Screw the mediots who will fabricate any story they can to make a quick buck. They’re the worst of the bunch and have no claim to any sort of morality win. The witch-hunt is just a money grab, and one of these owners needs to see through it and give the guy a shot.

    If I was Paul Allen, I’d be on the horn to AP’s people and figuring out a way to bring him to the Seahawks. Even if you only had him for a season, he’d be worth every penny.

  17. granadafan says: Oct 6, 2014 3:48 PM

    IF, and that’s a big if, the foundation’s denials are true, then they ought to have absolutely no problem opening their books to an auditor. They’ll likely get a visit from the IRS anyways.

  18. drwbrsdmndsnxplntn says: Oct 6, 2014 3:50 PM

    Since when did sports reporting start to read like the National Examiner?

    Higher reasoning and logic and given way to thinking with emotions, its like a nation of football fans all started reacting to everything a pregnant wife(or girlfriend).

  19. pkrlvr says: Oct 6, 2014 3:51 PM

    Do AP and Antonio Cromartie have some sort of bet going on? Why do these guys refuse to not impregnate every hood rat they hook up with!?

  20. saundman2000 says: Oct 6, 2014 3:53 PM

    The quality of journalism today is pitiful. Facts are still important, not just ratings.

  21. mnvikingsfan says: Oct 6, 2014 3:54 PM

    thethunderofgunns says:
    Oct 6, 2014 3:39 PM

    Keep digging PC media!!! I’m sure you can find more dirt on the guy, and if not, ya know, just fabricate it to make him look bad. RUIN him in the name of tolerance you hypocrites!!!!!:)
    ==========================

    So basically what you are saying is what the GB trolls do to many players on the Vikings roster. Calling Teddy a coward for not playing Thurs night, saying Jennings is a sellout cause he came to the Vikings instead of resigning with GB. They constantly fabricate stories that make them look good and the Vikings look bad.

    Hell, we have enough “real” problems to make fun of, no need to make stuff up!

  22. willycents says: Oct 6, 2014 3:55 PM

    The article claims the info is from the foundations “tax filings.” (as quoted in PFT’s previous post) How in the hell did a newspaper get “tax filings”? Did the IRS just provide them? That is as illegal and unlikely as hell. It throws into doubt the entire article.
    How secure does that make all of you commenters to know the IRS is providing tax info to newspaper reporters?

  23. tndiver says: Oct 6, 2014 3:56 PM

    I get so tired of these sorts of stories. Old, did not seek comment from the person it was intended to defame and honestly, the writer or Editor should be fired or both. Quality journalism right there!

  24. billybone says: Oct 6, 2014 3:57 PM

    Peterson needs to hire Ray Donovan.

  25. thevikingdefender says: Oct 6, 2014 4:03 PM

    Can we just leave this man alone and look forward to him returning to the football field. Im so fed up with this. I think its time he is allowed to play football again. All these allegations are so ridiculous. #Letthemanplay!

  26. madmike66 says: Oct 6, 2014 4:04 PM

    Why does Darin keep repeating the meme about Peterson never playing for the Vikes again. They would have cut him and saved millions if that were the case. Does Darin have a source? No. Has the team made any statement to the effect? No. Did Zimmer read a motivational message from Peterson to the team prior to the Falcons game? Yes. Kinda of looks like the actions of a team not looking to move on if you ask me.

  27. thevikingdefender says: Oct 6, 2014 4:05 PM

    I cant stand the media they are cold and heartless and greedy and ruin lives.

  28. laserw says: Oct 6, 2014 4:06 PM

    Why should the newspaper contact Peterson? He would have denied as he does now – just like he denied beating his child and another one earlier.

    Newspapers don’t run stories on just hints of illegality – they know enough now because of their legal departments to have the goods on something before they just report something of this nature.

    I hope Peterson never plays again. I have a feeling the tip of the iceberg has been surveyed here.

  29. doctorrustbelt says: Oct 6, 2014 4:07 PM

    I TOLD YA (years ago)….

    adrian peterson is a low character individual

    I TOLD YA (years ago).

  30. revskip says: Oct 6, 2014 4:08 PM

    So basically neither you nor the Star Tribune actually did their due diligence with the story and just went ahead and printed it anyway because it was salacious.

    Then when the story is found to be untrue you don’t apologize for impugning the man’s name. And then you wonder why Arian Foster won’t indulge your ilk.

  31. prideof10000lakes says: Oct 6, 2014 4:08 PM

    But I thought there was a “SOURCE”?!

    I’m gonna laugh when AP gets a slap on the wrist misdemeanor and turns around and sues the Houston PD for slander, defamation of character and releasing evidence that included photography of a minor and then sues the star trip for defamation of character.

  32. purpleguy says: Oct 6, 2014 4:11 PM

    Again, the foundation isn’t the issue, as is pretty clear from the story above, and it sounds like post-marriage, he’s decided to keep little AP in his pants. The problem he has to face is the way he disciplined his kid — he’s got to just plea it out, undergo counseling and change his discipline ways, do his public apologies, work on child abuse causes, do his suspension time contritely — and a year later everyone will mostly have moved on. And Mr Gantt, if the Vikes dump him, it won’t be because of this baggage, it will be because he’s due to make over $16M next year.

  33. thevikingdefender says: Oct 6, 2014 4:12 PM

    Its unfortunate but the only way I see Peterson being a good decent person in the eyes of the fans and media is if he sits out all year. It sucks how this worked out. If the story broke in the off-season (when it should have) he would have been playing football right now for a very exciting Vikings football team. And in the end he might not be a viking anymore which really sucks. All because of the effing media blowing the child abuse situation wayyyy out of proportion.

  34. atleastidontliveinwi says: Oct 6, 2014 4:12 PM

    I don’t think any NFL team is safe right not they are digging in trying to bring back the witch hunts for the NFL is to big and powerful time to take them down a notch!!!!!! good lord bless us all

  35. atleastidontliveinwi says: Oct 6, 2014 4:14 PM

    prideof10000lakes says: Oct 6, 2014 4:08 PM

    But I thought there was a “SOURCE”?!

    I’m gonna laugh when AP gets a slap on the wrist misdemeanor and turns around and sues the Houston PD for slander, defamation of character and releasing evidence that included photography of a minor and then sues the star trip for defamation of character.

    I sure hope your right cause i would love that!!!

  36. therealraider says: Oct 6, 2014 4:21 PM

    Who hasn’t had an orgy involving their UNDERAGE brother in an Atlanta Hotel room.. actually that is illegal and uncommon.

  37. kwgator says: Oct 6, 2014 4:22 PM

    The Minneapolis Star Tribune is due a whooping!

    — AP

  38. jimmysee says: Oct 6, 2014 4:24 PM

    This is good news.

    Hope the Foundation can clear its name.

  39. apkyletexas says: Oct 6, 2014 4:25 PM

    @thegreatgabbert says:
    Oct 6, 2014 3:31 PM
    Bruce was formerly known as Bruce Jones before taking his current position with the Charitable Foundation.

    ============================

    Hehehehe. Nice one.

  40. thevikingdefender says: Oct 6, 2014 4:28 PM

    How can people think he has such low character when he has done a lot of notable things for the community and charities.

  41. stevefarley says: Oct 6, 2014 4:28 PM

    Why is everyone so convinced AP won’t be back with the Vikings? If any of the things alleged by recent articles are true, it is safe to assume the Vikings knew about some of them at least and were still comforatbale with AP being the face of the franchise.

    This is the same management and ownership group that brought him back after the one game deactivation. When the time comes, the Wilfs will welcome him back with smiles on their faces and songs in their hearts.

    As a Vikings fan I hate to admit it but I will too. Yes, I know this makes me a bad person.

  42. Norseman says: Oct 6, 2014 4:29 PM

    Superstar athletes are not role models. Charles Barkley was right. Those that are not criminals are generally self-centered narcissists or, but for their physical gifts, poorly educated, amoral losers.

    Being a highly talented athlete does not mean you are a great, or even good, person.

    Sports media, particularly television, have a big conflict of interest now in reporting all the bad stuff rather than simply lionizing star athletes. All the networks pay billions every year to televise NFL games, and to report negatively about all the crimes and misdemeanors that go on every day in the lives of NFL players would sabotage its investment.

  43. bridgeh2o says: Oct 6, 2014 4:31 PM

    Darin…..I look at your pieces of “literary expertise” with the equal respect I give to TMZ.

    Good grief……..you mention several times in this same piece…..”when Adrian finds a new team.”

    Why your with hunt????

    PFT use to have insightful pieces.

    Now it’s about shock value…….the truth need not be a recipe for the reader!!!!

  44. elwayisahorsetoothjackass says: Oct 6, 2014 4:33 PM

    Can we talk about FOOTBALL?

  45. mcbenersons says: Oct 6, 2014 4:40 PM

    As I said in the previous article accusing Peterson of tax fraud and mis-management… wait until the facts come out and don’t count on newspapers for true, reliable information. As it unfolds, I hope we learn to withhold judgement, but this may be naive on my part.

  46. Ridley Me This says: Oct 6, 2014 4:41 PM

    thethunderofgunns says:
    Oct 6, 2014 3:39 PM
    Keep digging PC media!!! I’m sure you can find more dirt on the guy, and if not, ya know, just fabricate it to make him look bad. RUIN him in the name of tolerance you hypocrites!!!!!:)

    ____________________________________________________________

    I don’t understand your use of the word hypocrites here. Are you saying that everyone in the media beats their 4 year olds until they bleed? That is a pretty serious and totally unfounded allegation.

  47. Ridley Me This says: Oct 6, 2014 4:43 PM

    I am still shocked at the number of people who thinks it’s ok to hit a 4 year old with a weapon until he bleeds.

    No wonder America is crumbling, you people need empathy.

  48. vancouversportsbro says: Oct 6, 2014 4:50 PM

    I demand the money back I donated to his foundation and Live Strong

  49. Paul M. says: Oct 6, 2014 5:00 PM

    That super market tabloid masquerading as a real newspaper has been doing hatchet jobs on people for a long time. They are good at legal tricks that keep lawsuits away though.

  50. peoriaviking says: Oct 6, 2014 5:11 PM

    Thankfully we do have a court system of justice. If everyone were tried in the court of public opinion, with no rules of evidence, just imagine the outcome. Guilty by suspicion, and instantaneous internet posts. I’ll wait until the trial before concluding on this matter.

  51. whatjusthapped says: Oct 6, 2014 5:17 PM

    This so called fraud pales in comparison to the fraud perpetuatated on the good citizens of Minneapolis by the Vikings.

    For they have fielded a team of no talent hacks and common criminals and charged full price for tickets under the illusion they would see a NFL team.

  52. redislander10 says: Oct 6, 2014 5:20 PM

    Send Darin Gantt packing to another team!!!

  53. khmer379 says: Oct 6, 2014 6:13 PM

    I bet the journalist is a packer fan or Jerry jone just leave the man alone alredy #FreeAP

  54. longtimefanhtr says: Oct 6, 2014 6:32 PM

    I am not shocked so many Viking fans want to overlook any wrong doing by AP.

  55. REDSKINSFOREVER says: Oct 6, 2014 6:46 PM

    AP will return to the vikings before this season is over! Bank on it!!

  56. dwinsgames says: Oct 6, 2014 7:00 PM

    Sloppy reporting by the Tribune. That reporter deserves a good whupping!

  57. vicksbitch says: Oct 6, 2014 7:39 PM

    willycents says: Oct 6, 2014 3:55 PM

    The article claims the info is from the foundations “tax filings.” (as quoted in PFT’s previous post) How in the hell did a newspaper get “tax filings”? Did the IRS just provide them? That is as illegal and unlikely as hell. It throws into doubt the entire article.
    How secure does that make all of you commenters to know the IRS is providing tax info to newspaper reporters?
    ————————————————————–
    By law any 501 (c) non=profit organization must file annual reports that are available to any member of the public on request. Nothing illegal in seeing them

  58. handsofsteelhartofstone says: Oct 6, 2014 9:27 PM

    The US Government needs to put a 70 income tax rate on all entertainment-generated income including professional athletes, actors and musicians. If we didn’t live in a sespool that glorifies the superficially beautiful and those who are good at sports, music and pretending to be people other than themselves, we probably wouldn’t afford the morally corrupt to impregnate at will.

    AP, you should be ashamed

  59. frank booth says: Oct 6, 2014 9:35 PM

    mnvikingsfan says:
    Oct 6, 2014 3:54 PM

    thethunderofgunns says:
    Oct 6, 2014 3:39 PM

    Keep digging PC media!!! I’m sure you can find more dirt on the guy, and if not, ya know, just fabricate it to make him look bad. RUIN him in the name of tolerance you hypocrites!!!!!:)
    ==========================

    So basically what you are saying is what the GB trolls do to many players on the Vikings roster. Calling Teddy a coward for not playing Thurs night, saying Jennings is a sellout cause he came to the Vikings instead of resigning with GB. They constantly fabricate stories that make them look good and the Vikings look bad.

    Hell, we have enough “real” problems to make fun of, no need to make stuff up!
    ==================================
    Like Vikings fans calling Aaron Rodgers soft because of a broken clavicle or calling Clay Matthews a coward for his injuries, or calling Cutler “Quitler” without even knowing what the reason was for him leaving a playoff game- after the guy took more hits than any QB that season.

    Is that the kind of stuff that you mean?

  60. poiuyt7 says: Oct 6, 2014 9:54 PM

    willycents says:
    Oct 6, 2014 3:55 PM

    The article claims the info is from the foundations “tax filings.” (as quoted in PFT’s previous post) How in the hell did a newspaper get “tax filings”? Did the IRS just provide them? That is as illegal and unlikely as hell. It throws into doubt the entire article.
    How secure does that make all of you commenters to know the IRS is providing tax info to newspaper reporters?
    =========================

    The rules are different for individuals and corporations. 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations must file a 990 form with the IRS that itemizes all financial information for the year. These forms are open to the public and are usually available online. Very easy to obtain.

  61. stellarperformance says: Oct 6, 2014 10:47 PM

    Peterson is not a role model, or, for that matter, a good person.

  62. mnvikingsfan says: Oct 6, 2014 11:48 PM

    frank booth says:
    Oct 6, 2014 9:35 PM

    Like Vikings fans calling Aaron Rodgers soft because of a broken clavicle or calling Clay Matthews a coward for his injuries, or calling Cutler “Quitler” without even knowing what the reason was for him leaving a playoff game- after the guy took more hits than any QB that season.

    Is that the kind of stuff that you mean?
    ================================

    Now that you bring it up……Rodgers is absolutely soft as he took longer to heal than ANY other person with the same break.

    Matthews isn’t a coward, but a victim of poor conditioning by the GB staff and most likely has taken HGH/’roids to help him along.

    As for Cutler, he QUIT on his team. No matter the reason, he took himself out of a playoff game when his team needed him. If he was hurt, SO WHAT! Poor lil baby. I guarantee there were other guys hurting yet played til the bitter end. He deserves the nickname Quitler!

    The medical staff held Bridgewater out of the game. He wasn’t hiding or ducking the game, it was out of his hands. How does that make him a coward?

    Jennings stated he was happier here in MN but the GB fans/trolls won’t believe what he says and feels the need to retaliate cause he left GB. I guarantee if he had stayed, they would be singing his praises.

    NEXT?!?!

  63. vikingofny says: Oct 7, 2014 12:27 AM

    When was the last time you went to hospital with sick kids and made them feel better? Or give at least half a million to charities. Shut up and let the man, flaws and all, play football. AP stay strong!

  64. khmer379 says: Oct 7, 2014 1:51 AM

    Packer fans hope he stay suspended kuz they know he will rush for 200+ on them and win easily with Teddy B at helm #Facts

  65. wonzerobowls says: Oct 7, 2014 9:06 AM

    42-10.
    Your own team member saying players on the team quit.
    Jennings is a #3 receiver these days.
    Give me a “soft” Rodgers over a “hard” AP anyday.
    NEXT?!?!

  66. REDSKINSFOREVER says: Oct 7, 2014 9:23 AM

    DEFAMATION!!!!!!!! Clap, clap, clap, DEFAMATION!!!!! Clap, clap, clap. DEFAMATION!!!!

    When will the star take responsibility for their actions??

  67. codythoa35 says: Oct 7, 2014 12:16 PM

    Clown music is hurting my ears! Hopefully the new stadium will have a sound system loud enough to drown it out. Hopefully by then we field a team worthy of playing in it.

  68. greengoldandbold says: Oct 7, 2014 12:48 PM

    Cody,
    The Vikings may be one of the 4 worst teams in the NFL this year. They’ll be fortunate to get 5 wins this year.

    At least they won’t have to worry about being embarrassed on National TV again this year.
    That game in GB WAS AN EMBARRASSMENT !! It was over before it began.

  69. frank booth says: Oct 7, 2014 8:52 PM

    mnvikingsfan says:
    Oct 6, 2014 11:48 PM

    frank booth says:
    Oct 6, 2014 9:35 PM

    Like Vikings fans calling Aaron Rodgers soft because of a broken clavicle or calling Clay Matthews a coward for his injuries, or calling Cutler “Quitler” without even knowing what the reason was for him leaving a playoff game- after the guy took more hits than any QB that season.

    Is that the kind of stuff that you mean?
    ================================

    Now that you bring it up……Rodgers is absolutely soft as he took longer to heal than ANY other person with the same break.

    Matthews isn’t a coward, but a victim of poor conditioning by the GB staff and most likely has taken HGH/’roids to help him along.

    As for Cutler, he QUIT on his team. No matter the reason, he took himself out of a playoff game when his team needed him. If he was hurt, SO WHAT! Poor lil baby. I guarantee there were other guys hurting yet played til the bitter end. He deserves the nickname Quitler!

    The medical staff held Bridgewater out of the game. He wasn’t hiding or ducking the game, it was out of his hands. How does that make him a coward?

    Jennings stated he was happier here in MN but the GB fans/trolls won’t believe what he says and feels the need to retaliate cause he left GB. I guarantee if he had stayed, they would be singing his praises.

    NEXT?!?!
    ==================================
    Unfortunately, you couldn’t be more wrong. In an article on NFL.com, it states the average return for a broken clavicle is 8.8 weeks. Rodgers came back after 6 weeks. Your own Adrian Peterson suffered the same injury in college, and missed 7 weeks. Then he came back in the Fiesta Bowl and broke it he again. Is he soft?

    The younger you are, the quicker you heal from these. The healing time depends on the location and severity of the break. Tony Romo missed 10 games with a broken clavicle a few years ago, as did Jason Campbell in 2011. If you want to read up on broken clavicles, there are many good sources on the internet.

    Second, Cutler was pulled from the game because he tore his MCL and he couldn’t plant his leg to throw. Medical staff kept him out of the game, which made sense. You can’t throw very effectively if you can’t plant. Additionally, Cutler was the most sacked QB in the league that year (52 times) with an absolutely horrible front line. Calling Cutler or Rodgers soft is just plain silly. Over the past several years, both of these guys have played with horrible O-lines, and Rodgers led the league in “most sacked” twice.

    I don’t have the inside knowledge that you have in regards to Clay Matthews and Packers staff. As far as speculation on HGH/steroids, you can pretty much apply the same speculation to most players in the league.

    Point is, the next time before you sign off with NEXT?!?!, you may want to read up and get some facts.

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