Vikings owner says Adrian Peterson will play this week

AP

The Vikings gave Adrian Peterson the weekend off for damage control.

But now they’re falling back on due process.

The team just released a statement from owners Zygi Wilf and Mark Wilf saying the All-Pro running back would fully participate in practices and meetings this week and is expected to play Sunday against the Saints.

He was deactivated and not present last week after being indicted on child abuse charges in Texas stemming from what he claimed was disciplining his 4-year-old son with a switch.

“Today’s decision was made after significant thought, discussion and consideration,” the statement read. “As evidenced by our decision to deactivate Adrian from yesterday’s game, this is clearly a very important issue. On Friday, we felt it was in the best interests of the organization to step back, evaluate the situation, and not rush to judgment given the seriousness of this matter. At that time, we made the decision that we felt was best for the Vikings and all parties involved.
“To be clear, we take very seriously any matter that involves the welfare of a child. At this time, however, we believe this is a matter of due process and we should allow the legal system to proceed so we can come to the most effective conclusions and then determine the appropriate course of action. This is a difficult path to navigate, and our focus is on doing the right thing. Currently we believe we are at a juncture where the most appropriate next step is to allow the judicial process to move forward.
We will continue to monitor the situation closely and support Adrian’s fulfillment of his legal responsibilities throughout this process.”

It will be interesting to see if the Panthers follow suit with Greg Hardy today, after deactivating their domestic abuse defendant Sunday against the Lions.

268 responses to “Vikings owner says Adrian Peterson will play this week

  1. One game? That’s a slap on the wrist. I’m not saying that he should of been banished like Ray Rice, but one game is ridiculous.

  2. Wow….just wow.

    I saw the pics of the child that was abused. I’m stunned the Vikes would put him back on the field with this hanging out there…

  3. Good to see they are taking the high road.

    Not.

    Was that decision ‘significant’ because it was a Hall of Fame running back? I’m sure their ‘best for the organization’ thing wouldn’t be so much in play if it was Adrian Patterson, a 4th string special teams safety.

  4. The photos and and accounts of what Peterson did to that little boy are undisputed. What is there to let “play out”? Regardless of any “due process,” Peterson beat that child. That is undisputed, and no part of the legal system will change that fact. Vikings are enabling here. Sad day to be a fan of the purple.

  5. Gotta let the legal system play out, I don’t at all condone child abuse, but this world is in rough shape if the public can play judge and jury based on pictures illegally released from the Montgomery Country DA’s office.

  6. I’m all for “due process” and I think this country has gotten away from that. With that being said pictures have been shown of his son with all the welt marks and AP basically admitted he “went to far” with punishing him. Due process is moot at this point IMO.

  7. A good decision, unless every team is prepared to deactivate permanently every player arrested/indicted. I personally have no problem with teams deactivating every player arrested/indicted for the game immediately after arrest for any reason. Would send a message to these knuckleheads to watch their step.

  8. e beat a FOUR year with a tree branch and admits to doing so without any sense of wrong doing. What due process is there? Disgraceful.

  9. Really??? He should be suspended indefinitely at the very LEAST. What a mess the NFL is right now. When is the “commish” going to come out of his foxhole and do something about this? Peterson is a child beater,same as Ray Rice and the others are woman beaters. Unreal. There is no justice.

  10. Wow. Vikings fan from Canada who is flying to New Orleans for the game this weekend. Despite the fact I have a significant investment in the trip, I have to say – I am not comfortable with this at all. Not one bit.

  11. Not a real hard decision to make when you’re #1 on the other end of the country away from your home crowd and #2, needing a win against a talented team that is even more desperate for a win than you are.

    The moral high ground only extends so far, no matter what team you’re talking about.

  12. It’s funny too that Minn and SF adopt the ‘we are going to let the process play itself out’ angle. Well there are TWO approaches to that. One is to ‘let the process play out’ and the player is on the field on Sundays.

    Another option, that these people avoid is to ‘let the process play out’, but do so AWAY from football. People do it in the real world all the time – police officers are routinely given leave out of the day to day while investigations and facts are sorted out.

    I’d love a team to have the balls to say ‘We fully support the process and will do everything in our power to assist all parties. With that in mind, we have determined that what is best for Adrian, our football team and due process, is for Adrian to take a leave with a period to be determined to focus on this situation’.

    That would the ballsy move. Saying ‘we let the process play out’ – which really means – ‘our star player Adrian Ray Peterson McDonald will be playing for us on Sunday as if nothing ever happened’

  13. He hasn’t been convicted of anything. If he is, he will get probation. He’s already expressed regret.
    If this were your dentist, he would be presumed innocent and would be pulling teeth this morning.
    Ease up.

  14. I think Peterson went too far with the discipline but that’s his child. You cant tell a man how to discipline their child.

    The prosecutors were looking for a big name here nothing more. Let the man play.

  15. It’s unbelieveable they’re going to go ahead with AP with the pics out there of his child with 10+ bleeding slashes from his beating.

    I’m okay with corporal punishment but this was far, far beyond that.

    When peeps see these pics the feedback is going to be terrible.

  16. How is beating your child with a branch less horrible than beating your fiancée with a fist. Both are equally onerous, and anyone who does either should have a minimum year-long suspension. Child abuse and domestic violence are both the products of psychopaths who do not deserve to put on the uniform.

  17. The Vikings must cut Peterson for his despicable acts.

    With the talent on their roster, they won’t need him to thoroughly dismantle the Saints anyway. The dynasty has begun, but All Day does not deserve to partake.

  18. Life long Viking fan here. For the first time in 30 or so years, I won’t be rooting or watching the Vikings this Sunday. I just can’t do it

    It’s been fun Vikes, call me when you come to your senses.

  19. Let me get this right….He admitted he did it and they have pictures showing the extent of the damage…And the owners are saying due process…Wake up ownership your star player is going to cost you alot of salary money…But don’t play the due process card….

  20. I posted this yesterday but it is true.

    Isn’t it interesting how the Ravens organization is the one NFL team which has gotten the most backlash

    yet the Ravens cut Ray Rice?

    The Ravens are the only team to cut their player over these issues as of late

  21. If there weren’t photos or it was a dispute of he said/she said….it would be different. The photos don’t lie and neither do Peterson’s own admissions.

    Just another huge brown stain for one of the most cursed franchises in the NFL outside of Buffalo.

  22. Frankly, I think that any NFL player, coach, or executive with pending felony charges should be suspended without pay until the charges are resolved.

  23. You people that agree with this decision must not have seen the photos. No 4 year old deserves to be beaten like. Ridiculous! A backlash like no other is coming this week

  24. Nobody ever mentions how the legal system gives these guys an easier slap on the wrist. Every game AP sits out is like a $750,000 fine. Ray rice probly got a $750 fine, probation and “community service”.

    Smh

  25. I don’t necessarily agree with the decision. I just wanted to start off with this statement.

    Let’s all be real here: at the end of the day, this is the NFL. The NFL is a business. In the business, it is the objective of the employees (GMs, coaches, players) is to win games. This is decision is not about public perception – it is a decision made in order to win games.

    Would Green Bay ban Aaron Rodgers if he were facing these charges? Would Seattle ban Russell Wilson? Atlanta ban Matt Ryan? Denver ban Peyton Manning? Of course not.

    We still don’t know how this will play out in court either. I am all for due process. The evidence is pretty strong against Peterson, but who am I to be judge, jury, and executioner?

  26. Good. Groupthink hasn’t replaced due process in this country, and for those that think it has, when can we install the cameras to follow you around 24×7? With the direct feed to TMZ, NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, and whatever other three sets of letters we deem just? I’ve dealt with the morons in Montgomery County law enforcement, and trust me, they need a set of checks and balances applied to their “work”.

    And for those wondering how the NO fans are going to react this weekend? You mean the Bountygate fans? Or did you forget that incident, in your rush to chastise someone you don’t know?

  27. “Today’s decision was made after significant thought, discussion and consideration,” and also the fact that we were awful without him” the statement should have read

  28. If someone in this country is accused of doing something illegal, wrong, etc, they are and should be allowed to continue with their life up until their case is settled.

    Just because they are currently walking free doesn’t mean you condone the thing they are accused of, or that you don’t think they should eventually be punished.

    It’s possible (after due process), that AP ends up in jail, and then he won’t be playing.

    And for the PC crowd out there, here’s the alternative that you are advocating for: Every time a black man in this country is even accused of anything, he should lose his job, all his income, and be thrown in jail.

    I personally am advocating that an accused black man in this country should have time to mount a defense, secure council, and present his case before the legal system.

    Yea, I know, I’m a monster.

  29. He should be playing. Period! Only reason this got legs, and he didn’t play yesterday, is due to the Ray Rice situation! Nothing but band wangoners! What he did was over the top, but if the Ray Rice situation had not happened, AD would have been playing until he was at least convicted. Everyone is so over sensitive right now.

  30. In fairness, he can’t really be punished until the footage of him actually in the process of hitting the kid is released by TMZ. Before/after footage is simply not enough to know what happened…

    In seriousness though, I will never wear my AP jersey again.

  31. My, my, my…..the incompetence of this organization knows no bounds. This decision will come back to bite them. There will be a public backlash to this like we haven’t seen in some time. Can you imagine if they had a video of AP whipping his four year old till he bleeds…..and then jamming leaves down his throat to quiet the sound of his pleas and screams?? The Wilf’s aren’t just a couple of crooks…..they are flat out no good.

  32. People, he hasn’t been convicted of anything! If he is convicted then the team and league should punish him. None of us would think it’s ok to be fired from our jobs just because we are accused of wrong doing.

  33. Due Process. I’ve said it in regards to other cases and I’ll say it in this one. When employers become part of the legal system we all lose.

  34. Never thought I’d type this sentence:

    ‘Based on the actions of current players and their very serious issues with domestic violence and abuse of women and children, in 2014, the Baltimore Ravens set the high bar.’

  35. “After significant thought, discussion and consideration, we decided that we suck harder than black hole when the kid beater isn’t on the field. Quite frankly, we don’t care if he’s a serial killer as long as it doesn’t affect the bottom line.”

  36. I really don’t know how I can watch and cheer for this team with a child abuser out there smiling and enjoying himself. I’m not watching until he’s gone.

  37. “To be clear, we take very seriously any matter that involves the welfare of a child.”

    And yet you cast Kluwe out into the cold in nothing but his pjs.

  38. Get ready for backlash. This looks just as bad as Ray Rice so the NFL at best looks totally inconsistent and arbitrary yet again.

    This certainly will raise the question of talent getting special treatment. If Peterson and Rice situations were switched would the same player be suspended indefinitely?

  39. Thank you Zygi for respecting due process and not giving in to the vigilante media and public, who have seen 3 pictures and act like they know for 100% fact this man is as bad as they come. I for one respect you doing the right thing. When the time comes, if he is guilty, he will be suspended and charged legally under process of due law, not the law of the vigilante public opinion/media opinion.

    I feel bad for Ray Rice too. McDonald is out there playing for allegedly hitting his pregnant fiance, and Ray is suspended indefinitely. Ray should be punished for what he did, but not by the crowd shouting for blood, and who would release Barabbas over Ray.

  40. He made a mistake. So now, you get one chance in life or you’re done???!!! C’mon, yes there should be punishment, NO he shouldn’t lose his job. But what makes our culture so special is our ability to forgive and help to make things better going forward. It’s like you all want him crucified, go to Iraq if you can’t learn to forgive.

    Peterson should serve a
    6-game suspension, not including the last game. Sit him till week 9, without pay, that would be a lesson learnt and see if Peterson can become a better human being.

  41. And all of you Viking fans are going to give him a standing ovation and make him out to be the greatest man ever to walk the earth…. I suppose you wouldn’t mind Adrian coming over to your house and showing you how to discipline your child.

    How can the Vikings do an about face with this? I’ll tell you how. They got their butts kicked yesterday…….And for the record, no one is disputing he didn’t this and it’s pretty sad his defense is that he never intentionally meant to cause the injuring sustained. You don’t say? How is that even possible???

  42. Peterson (through his lawyer) publicly admitted he was responsible for the injuries on the child that were shown in the photos. The kid was 4. 4 freaking years old. And his legs were all lacerated. By a world-class professional athlete.

    This isn’t discipline–it’s child abuse. And due process has nothing to do with any of this. For the teams involved (49ers, Vikings, Ravens, Panthers) and the league to hide behind this lame excuse is beyond shameful. If they want to let due process play out, fine. Then they should deactivate these players until it does. Keep them off the field.

  43. Correct move…you expect they should immediately cut him? Give him due process. NFL has sure been quiet seems to be falling on vikings shoulders right now…at least they acted. I anticipate that later today the NFL will suspend him…

  44. I wonder if the Wilfs would feel different if Peterson had done this to one of their kids. Same for everyone giving this a thumbs down. I’ve lost every ounce of respect for them.

  45. I’m a bigger believer in reclamation, penance and/or redemption than in pure punishment.

    When Michael Vick got busted for dog fighting/killing, sure he was going to get legal ramifications. But I thought a better move would have been to make him open up an animal shelter in every NFL city, something like that. Very quickly the number of animals he’d saved would have outnumbered the number he’d gotten killed.

    Maybe Peterson could open up charity day care centers in every NFL city. Or something, I’m sure someone with more imagination than I could come up with something quality where he learns his lesson and does some good by it, than just jail or doghouse time alone. He’s going to get a butt ton of education on the matter anyways as part of any plea deal, why not make him build on it.

    Well that’s my .02 anyways

  46. COWARDS!!! The Vikings are a spineless franchise with no integrity. No sense of right and wrong. Putting winning ahead of everything that is truly important such as the safety and welfare of children. The Vikings could have made a difference in another childs life by taking a stand and saying “child abuse is not acceptable and we will not tolerate it!” But instead of being leaders in the fight against child abuse you didn’t want to lose a running back. COWARDS!!!

  47. Peterson smiled in his mugshot after stuffing leaves in his 4 year old son’s mouth and then hitting him with a switch on his bare skin and scrotum so hard that it caused bleeding and marks that were still visible a week later. Not cool at all. Should not have been reinstated.

  48. Was starting to think this was the only reasonable thing TO do.

    The Commish has not handed down any decisions yet, and people who have committed actual INTENTIONAL crimes are still playing while the judicial process plays out.

    Not making excuses for AP, because really it was just plain ignorant, uneducated, bone-headed to not be aware that in today’s day and age this is not acceptable or permissible.

    But fact is the (ignorant) dude didn’t THINK he did anything wrong. He was doing what was done to him as a kid, and also what I would suspect abou7 20% of the country still thinks is OK.

    Don’t jump all over me. Not saying this is not serious. I’ve never hit my kids in my life, and I still think what he did was abusive, and he should receive whatever punishment the legal process determines.

    But intent is at the heart of this, and I find it different from idiot sleeze-bags hitting women, taking illegal drugs, driving drunk, etc. where they KNOW what they are doing is illegal and dangerous and criminal and still are allowed to play until they receive a sentence. It needs to be consistent in the NFL.

  49. For all of you touting the ‘he did nothing’ or ‘my grandmama whooped me’ angle – here’s one for you.

    You have a 4 year old son – assuming you actually know him, his mother, raise him and are in his life.

    You and your wife go out to dinner. You leave your 4 year old with your sister in law and her boyfriend. You come home to find your four year old with those bruises, welts and bleeding cuts. Including on his scrotum. You also see defensive wounds on his hands.

    Are you going to high five your sister in law’s boyfriend for meting out some of that good ol’ southern discipline and making your four your old a better person?

    Or are you doing what a sane person would do and calling the police?

  50. Correct decision. Adrian’s case is NOT the same as Hardy…lumping them together is ridiculous. Hardy has already been convicted and is appealing…the league can act now because due process has weighed in. Second, unlike Hardy’s case or Ray Rice, Peterson’s case is legally and even ethically murky. Nobody is questioning that Peterson went overboard, but his is a case of corporal punishment gone wrong, not intentional assault. He admitted it immediately, and never hid from it. He cooperated fully. Does that mean he shouldn’t face some sort of punishment? No. But parents make mistakes all the time, and he acknowledged he made one. That is a very different animal than Ray Rice assaulting his woman, spitting on her twice and punching her out. Peterson is a case of discipline gone awry…he didn’t come home drunk and beat his kids out of rage, he was truing to discipline and went overboard. This is the sort of case that diversion programs were created for. Get him some parenting help. Have him do some additional community service. Ban him from the league or toss him in jail? No.

  51. For all of the Viking ticket holders that disagree with letting him play – I suggest a boycot of at least the next Viking home game. Don’t sell or give your tickets away – just show the Vikings organization that you value protecting children more than they do. You still could watch the game on TV if you want. But the best way to let your feelings sink in with the ownership and management that had a part in the decision to let Peterson play – is to take your money elsewhere.

  52. I don’t know how anyone can look at those pictures given the fact they were taking a week after the initial beating and say it wasn’t child abuse.

    If he wasn’t famous, he would be in jail already.

  53. Absolutely disgraceful. At one time, the Vikings were a class organization, but this is as despicable and gutless as it gets.

    Peterson would have gotten a heavier punishment from the Vikings if he had treated a DOG like that, and that is such a pathetic commentary on them that it’s not even funny.

  54. Why is it a problem to let the legal process play out? Oh, that’s right, because the media disagrees with the decision.

    So in other words, if you’re accused of a crime, you’re presumed guilty?

  55. People are acting like Adrian Peterson is some kind of scum but the problem is a lot of you don’t know much more than this story about him. The guy is a good person and made a mistake and he can redeem himself. I really believe this is a one time situation and he is not mistreating his kids on a regular basis. He’s in no denial of the situation and understands he clearly did wrong and is not pulling a Ray Rice and saying it was the victims fault.

  56. Not making light of what happened, but it occurred in May 2014, 4 months ago. WTH is it taking so long to figure out what happened and close the books one way or the other? As slow as our legal system is one could wait ‘on hold’ for years, an entire career could be put on hold (deactivated) because of this foot dragging. Little to nothing from the NFLPA is rather interesting too.

  57. Innocent until proven guilty? Are you serious? Peterson ADMITTED to hitting his child….

    “Peterson, when contacted by police, admitted that he had “whooped�� his son on the backside with a switch as a form of punishment, and then, in fact, produced a switch similar to the one with which he hit the child. Peterson also admitted that he administered two different “whoopings” to his son during the visit to Texas…”

    So Mr. Wilf or anyone else, please dont give me “due process” when Peterson has already admitted to the “whooping”.

  58. By no means am I condoning what Hardy, Rice, Peterson, McDonald etc. etc. are accused of doing BUT…..forget about being a homer or the next opponent and think about the can of worms the NFL are opening up by punishing players without the players right to due process. (I also understand how slow the judicial system can be, especially when you have money to slow the wheels of justice). Each of the cases above have different circumstances but let’s throw out this hypothetical situation and could so easily happen if the NFL doesn’t allow for due process. The “shady underworld” gets smart and wants to influence a particular game. They go to a star’s wife/girlfriend/baby’s mama and offer her $50,000.00 to accuse the player of abuse etc., the NFL suspends said star player and it causes his team to lose the game when they were otherwise favored to win. These characters are betting the farm against the point spread and make a killing on the wager. Hopefully you all understand the point I am trying to make and not look at this scenario with homer glasses on. In Peterson’s case, he has admitted to punishing his kid but without that admission, the pictures mean nothing as someone else could be responsible for the injuries. In Rice’s case it’s obviously different as there is tape of his actions. This scenario is not that far -fetched if you think about it. On a side note, the amount of appeals and hoops the NFL has to jump through to enforce a CBA rule has gotten totally ridiculous over the years. Players should have no more “rights” than you and I do with our employers. If I were to get a DUI, my employer has no right to punish me prior to due process unless it affects my job, like not being able to get to work etc. I will end with again saying that I do not condone any of the actions that these players have been accused of committing.

  59. To me there is more to this, than the vikes wanting their best player on the field.

    By all accounts he appears to be guilty and what he did is horrible!

    However I do not believe the sole onus should be on the vikes to punish him. I believe this move is an attempt to force the NFL to render a decision on AP’s punishment. If it were a domestic violence case he should get 6 games by the new NFL policy.

    By the NFL network they were stating the vikes were considering trading him and at one point considered cutting him. They are supposed to be open to trading him, however without knowing how long he will be suspended or punished they cannot move him.

    There will be teams intrested in AP regardless of this, I think the vikes are trying to force the NFL to do something by playing him. So they can get some value

    ps one final note I remeber people jumping for joy the day OJ simpson was found not guily, the way the media portyed it he was a victim of racism. Now back to my original statement what AP appeared to have done is horrible he should be punished by the law and the NFL , there might be more to the story is all I am saying

  60. They deactivated him for a game they knew they would lose with or without Peterson. I’m all about disciplining your child, but this isn’t 1970 anymore and certain things aren’t acceptable as such. You can’t beat your child and cause his scrotum to bleed, intentional or not. As far as letting the legal process play out? That’s a load of crap. The facts are not disputed on either end. Accidental or not, the Vikings have opened the door and set a precedent that any one of their players who beats a child and calls it an accident or uses the excuse, “well that’s how I was raised” hereby now gets one game off. If it were anyone but a star player we all know how the situation would be handled. The Vikings aren’t cowards. They just place winning over morality. Which is worse, is for you to decide.

  61. The Vikings organization is horrible if they let him play. Makes me proud to be a Raiders fan.
    AP is a great running back, horrible parent that should be in jail for abusing a 4 year old child.

  62. Man there are a lot of idiots out here. There is nothing wrong with letting this work itself out. 1 game doesnt mean thats all he is getting. Its just for now. Some of you should have gotten some “straightening out” when you were young. You would have learned when to speak and when to shut up.

    I dont condone AP for his actions. A spank on the butt would have been enough. A belt is probably too much now days. Threat of the belt was all I needed growing up.

  63. easy for everyone to take pot shots at AP. fact is that where he was raised there are 19 southern states that still allow corporal punishment IN SCHOOLS! I had to google what a switch even was because I didn’t know. I was spanked on my bare butt as a kid and id rather get whipped with a twig from a tree than my dads hand anytime even if it leaves marks. there is no handbook on how to raise your kids but I’m certainly not going to pass judgement.

  64. The league can’t discipline a player until after there has been a conviction or plea in a criminal case because to punish before the criminal case has been concluded robs the player of due process. Unfortunately, when details of a criminal case are leaked before a conviction (as happened here with AP), the player is judged in the court of public opinion, before the criminal case has been completed. That is the situation the Vikings are in. If they suspend/cut AP, the Players Association will have a grievance, and AP will have grounds for legal action as well. Under the circumstances, the best a team can do is play the guy until the criminal case is resolved. That’s what the players agreed to in the CBA, that’s what the NFL does when disciplining players, and that’s what the other teams have done when their players violate the personal conduct policy–they wait for the criminal case to resolve before penalizing the player.

    I’m no fan of what AP did, and he’ll suffer the consequences for it, but the Vikings are doing the right thing here.

  65. Don’t compare yourselves or your dentist etc. to the NFL…of course we wouldn’t want to be fired for an accusation, however this is beyond an accusation. He admitted it…

    That being said as it is the NFL and not real life, if the Vikings so choose to take the heat for their decision, then that’s their decision.

    It is ours as fans and consumers if we support said decision but either watching the game or not, buying Vikings merch or not, etc.

    Not a Vikes fan, just sayin’. What he did however was beyond disciplining his child, that is pure child abuse.

  66. For those of you that keep saying innocent until proven guilty you are morons. The facts aren’t in question. He beat his 4 year old until he had abrasions and bloody cuts all over his back, buttocks, legs and scrotum. He also stuffed leaves in his mouth. These are facts and are not in dispute. Do you really need a court of law to tell you that its child abuse? do you really want this monster playing football on your team?

  67. damn i was hoping they would cut so the dolphins could sign him and start him immediately. he’d get a standing ovation in miami… but then again its the dolphins were talking about and they’d pass on him and resign daniel thomas.

  68. Suspend him until the legal process has concluded. Then cut him. I know you want him to play to help your team miss the playoffs again. It’s not like the Vikings were going to win a playoff game this year or anything like that. Do the right thing and blame your crappy record this year on Adrian Beaterson.

  69. I told everyone it is a morally corrupt franchise and the only reason they deactivated him was because he had an arrest warrant issued and had to be in Texas, they had no choice. It wasn’t about distaste for what the abuser did. In the matter of 24 hrs after the laughable performance they cut short the suspension of the bigoted coach and reinstated the child abuser knowing full well all the details with his confession and pictures. What a cowardly decision by this dysfunctional franchise. The drum beat for his head is going to get a whole lot louder. Minnesota fans must be so proud.

  70. The only complaint should be why was he deactivated. He didnt do anything wrong.

    People keep commenting if he was a average player he would be cut.
    IF HE WAS AN AVERAGE PLAYER HE WOULD NOT OF BEEN ARRESTED.

  71. The sad truth is that the NFL doesn’t stand for anything. Where are the leaders among the players? Where is the leadership from Godell and the owners? The NFL does not care about women or children. Oh yes, they can support breast cancer but not battered women or abused children. It’s all about the money. And for the fans it’s about winning even if it means sacrificing our morals. Yestesday a female fan took a switch to the Vikings game. That speaks volumes. Today, I am saddened to be a fan of the NFL.

    Suspended AP, get him into counseling, show people these things matter. But to let him play, that is disappointing and helps no one.

  72. I think this is a mistake but I don’t really know the best way to handle it. I would probably punt and say we’re going to deactivate him indefinitely and make the final decision later. There won’t be a trial until after the season, so people saying the Vikings are doing the wrong thing are really saying he should be deactivated for the entire season. Maybe that’s the right thing, but I’m glad I don’t have to make this decision.

    I think Adrian could make this a lot easier if he would come out in public in front of the cameras and show remorse; announce that he’ll take whatever punishment is deemed appropriate by the authorities, the Vikings, and the NFL; and take parenting and anger management classes. He could come out of this looking okay if he’s completely honest about everything and becomes an advocate against child abuse, but he’d better hurry because he’s quickly losing the opportunity to save his public image.

  73. What does anybody expect? This is the same owner who was found guilty of defrauding other investors using what the judge said were mafia-style tactics.

    AD = absolutely disgusting

  74. Whipping a 4 year old like that….GET OUT OF TOWN!

    I hope the entire stadium boo’s him. As a father I could never do that to my son or anyone else’s kid. I used to state how I loved how AP played. I will never say a good word about him again. With the picture evidence regarding this issue I can not believe they are going to play him

    Booooooooooo!!!

  75. That is the situation the Vikings are in. If they suspend/cut AP, the Players Association will have a grievance, and AP will have grounds for legal action as well. Under the circumstances, the best a team can do is play the guy until the criminal case is resolved.
    ______

    Nothing in the CBA says that the team has to play the guy until the criminal case is resolved. They can’t suspend him, but they can deactivate him for every game. That’s what the Vikings did with Chris Cook.

    If I were Peterson, I would plead guilty at the first opportunity and not go to trial. Then he can take his suspension, not hide behind the possibility of getting acquitted, and get back to his career. People will forgive if he takes responsibility.

  76. I can’t believe this. Adrian Peterson has been indicted for child abuse and should be in prison. Now. He should be banned from the NFL forever.

    Someone said “still best running back of all time”. So, the Adrian Petersons and Ray Rices are free to beat up their children and knock their wives unconscious because they are sports superstars? They are above the law? Apparently, in this society, they are.

    This was a horrible, horrible decision by the Vikings owners based on money and greed not ethics. It shows once again that OWNERS should not be making PLAYER decisions.

  77. What this decision by the Vikings tells me is that the NFL is afraid of adult women and their buying power, but doesn’t care as much about kids because they don’t have enough income. Which is disgusting.

    Both spousal abuse and child abuse are wrong, equally wrong. But child abuse is the root of all of it – when we treat kids as though they’re property and we can do whatever we like because we’re parents, the table is set for all future abuse.

    If we *really* cared about domestic abuse, we’d put everything we’ve got into stopping it at the level of children. All the feel-good platitudes about spousal abuse won’t make a bit of difference as long as this shameful type of parenting is allowed to continue.

  78. Tough situation here. . . I am one of the biggest Vikings fan anyone will ever meet and have been a huge AP fans (on the field).

    But I also have a 4 year daughter whom I could never imagine physically hurting on any scale. I side with outspoken, over dramatic at times Chris Carter on this however. If the NFL wants to stand for something morally, and not come across as the profit hungry business they run, then stand for something.

    To be real honest, if the Vikings could trade AP after all this, I believe they could. I think GM Spielmen,and owners Zygi and Mark Wilf had serious conversations on if there would be any takers, and the conclusion was simple:

    1) We want to cut him based on decline in running backs at this point in career (age), and the COST outweighs the benefit, especially with the negative PR.

    2) No one will take him until things settle down, therefore solution is strategic from a business standpoint, as they tend to be in the NFL. Take the negative PR until things settle down, so we can therefore trade and get something out of a HOF caliber player.

    Unfortunately business again in MN wins – and this is from a HUGE Viking fan.

    One other note – this was proven to be the only importance when corner back Chris Cook was charged with domestic violence for nearly beating his GF to death, including choking her – which I would classify as attempted murder, NO CUT THERE for possible murder, why should child abuse be any differently for Vikings management? I hope the only good to come from this is that none of AP’s kidssssss will ever be abused this way again.

  79. I can not believe how many fools are on this board.
    AP admitted hitting his son
    THERE ARE PICTURES PROVING THE DAMAGE
    There isn’t anything that’s being ‘judged’ the facts are in hand.
    yet you say ‘innocent until proven guilty’
    Shoot he whipped a 4 year old kid like a slave
    yea keep playing…forget that. TAKE HIM OFF THE FIELD

  80. They are daring the Commissioner to do something about it. As far as I know, Goodell imposed the indefinite suspension for Rice before any legal/court result. I’m not even sure Rice was arrested for the elevator episode.

    I wonder if the Viking ownership talked with Goodell first before reversing their Friday point of view. It would have been far, far better for the NFL if the Vikings and the Commissioner’s office put out a joint statement on the subject and their consensus next steps instead of creating a theater for conflict between the Vikings and the Commissioner.

    The way things are going, public opinion shall be labelling the NFL’s actions on this child abuse atrocity with a big red “AMATEURS” stamp. The Wilfs are already wearing that stamp.

    I said in a post on another article that watching the Vikings play while this Adrian crisis was still raw would not be much fun. Well, it will be even less fun to watch the Vikings play if Adrian is getting booed during games.

    .

  81. This is one of the few situations in which due process isn’t needed. There are pictures. Peterson admitted it.

    Normally due process is the way to go, but the Vikings aren’t fooling anybody with this poor due process excuse. The Vikings probably need to start preparing for some major backlash.

  82. Not only should he go down for this but the kids mother as well. She didn’t report his abuse. It was the doctor who saw him for a routine visit and did the right thing of reporting it when he saw what was done to this child. I suspect either the mother was plain terrified of him or didn’t want to risk interrupting the money supply.

  83. The criticism is obviously justified, but the arrogance of the commenters on this website never ceases to amaze me. Get off your high horses; I’m sure that not a single one of you have pristine records to your names. Very few of you would act differently than Vikes ownership if you found yourselves in their position.

  84. Would anyone be surprised if Fox was whispering in Wilf’s ear to reinstate Peterson to ensure better TV ratings?

  85. And no Peterson is not the best running back of all time. He’s not even the best running back his division has ever seen. That title goes to Barry Sanders. And no, I’m not a fan of either team.

  86. The Due Process excuse is a load of crap. An employer is in no way obligated to wait on the court to reach a verdict before an employer makes a decision on an employee’s job status.

    Children are frustrating sometimes and it takes a lot to control your anger, but as a father you need to do step away if you feel like you need to strike your child. AP made a terrible mistake and will forever be labeled an abuser. The Vikings organization needs to forget about wins/profits/salary cap and do what is right. Keep this guy on ice until the court proceedings are finished. If he is then proven guilty or admits guilt, then cut him.

  87. I hate what he did, and agree he should be punished, but they do have a point. Especially since the NFL will suspend him as this plays out.

    It brings up a point though.. say the Vikings kept him out 6 games, and then NFL decides to suspend him 6, does that count as time served or double punishment?

  88. Translation….’we have no backbone to do what is right, our team stinks to much to do without Adrian Peterson, blah, blah, blah’

    So much for having one team having a standup management team and taking responsibility for the idiots they employ.

    NFL = JOKE

  89. Sure are a lot of craphouse lawyers here… before you open your pieholes, shouting that Adrian admitted to the crime, check yourself. He admitted to disciplining his child, by applying a switch to the child’s backside. He did NOT plead guilty to the charge filed against him. See the difference? Probably not, but there is a difference.

    Due process. We still adhere by that principle here in the US, despite what the groupthinkers want.

  90. Man brutalizes dogs… goes to jail and doesn’t play for 2 years. Man brutalizes woman gets 2 game suspension (until a tape comes out they can’t cover up). Man indicted for brutalizing his own child and gets to play next week. What the in the hell is wrong with the NFL right now… Goodell you need to save your career and protect the most innocent among us… your FUTURE fan base is watching… I had to explain to my son about all this during the NFL instead of enjoying the games on Sunday. It made me really sad to have to explain how a father could do that… and after that lesson… he plays next week? Dear god someone please use some common sense. If AP doesn’t get punished by the NFL, Goodell’s tenure is over. And for those Vikings fan’s and fantasy owners… you should be ashamed of yourselves for defending this its selfish and awful of you.

  91. Unfortunately this is the only choice they have. They’ve just finished settling a lawsuit from a former player for wrongful termination, so the precedent is set. If he were to be found not guilty in court, he could in turn sue the team for compensation he would have otherwise received. And with his contract, it would be devastating to tight fisted owners in the nfl. That said, as a Viking fan and a father, I respectfully disagree with their decision, and will take some time of careful consideration as to the future of my nfl allegiance

  92. What a classy org. Under the Wilf’s watch
    – Chris Cook the wife beater, still on team. If not a starter probably would have been cut.
    – Fleece the Minn. taxpayers for a new stadium by fudging how money will be raised through pulltabs.
    – Investigates special teams coach for bigotry and claims it will release the results only to not do so. Then retains the coach upon settlement.
    – Deactivate starting running back only after a warrant was issued for arrest. Then announce to start a player (starter and out on bond) who has admitted to beating one of his multiple children.
    AND THIS IS JUST 2 WEEKS INTO THE SEASON!
    Who could support this organization?

  93. You beat a 4 year old, a 4 year old with a stick, a 4 year old, You should be banned for LIFE, LOSER.
    I can see maybe a 14 – 18 year old because they are doing drugs and drinking but this is A 4 YEAR OLD.
    My God

  94. Listening to Jim Rome and heard an African-American gentleman who called in to say this was accepted in the black community. My thought – with the crime rate so high in the African-American community evidently it doesn’t work very well.

  95. Sorry folks. Despite the media sharpening their pitch forks and lighting the torches, this is how it should be handled. Let the trial play out and if he’s guilty, ban him for life. Stop buying into the scenario the media is feeding you and remember our justice system and the fact that if you did these things, you wouldn’t lose your job unless you were found guilty too.

  96. Idiots commenting about “due process” and that he “disciplined his kid”. Have you seen the photos of the beaten 4 year old?
    IF THERE WAS A VIDEO WOULD YOU SAY THE SAME THING?!?

  97. The Vikings are the greatest Franchise in Sports

    We will overcome this and hoist our first Lombardi Trophy.

    You can not contain us

    You can’t keep us down

    Matt Cassell will lead us to victory week in and week out

    We have the greatest owner in sports

    AP is the greatest RB in NFL history

    The league shall submit to our will, which is made of Viking passion, horns and purple power.

    #dont-cha-know

  98. The Vikings organization isn’t saying what AP did was ok by letting him play. What the Vikings are saying is they can’t/won’t punish AP until he’s entered a plea or had his day in court. It’s called due process.

    The NFL waited until the criminal cases ran their course before punishing Ray Rice and Aldon Smith, the league is doing the same in the Greg Hardy case, and they’ll do the same in AP’s case. In each of those circumstances, the teams took the same approach–wait until after the criminal case has resolved to punish the player.

    In fact, the Ravens and Niners didn’t suspend Rice or Smith until after the league did. Until this weekend, when the Panthers and Vikings deactivated Hardy and AP, teams weren’t taking any disciplinary action before the league office made a decision. So don’t hold the Vikings to a different standard than other teams.

  99. Court of public opinion is always biased. Ban him, cut him, lock him up etc. Jokers like you have no right to pass judgement on him. AP should play until there is proof and elocution to the deed in question.

  100. And for those wondering how the NO fans are going to react this weekend? You mean the Bountygate fans? Or did you forget that incident, in your rush to chastise someone you don’t know?

    ———————————————————————

    A. Bountygate was a farce and lie, and everybody knows it; and

    2. The Saints did not abuse children until they bled from multiple open wounds.

  101. revelation123 says: Sep 15, 2014 12:52 PM

    And no Peterson is not the best running back of all time. He’s not even the best running back his division has ever seen. That title goes to Barry Sanders. And no, I’m not a fan of either team.

    ________

    I’ll see your Barry Sanders (great choice) and raise you Gale Sayers.

  102. We human are no differences. To God we’re all bunch of sinners and evil, so don’t judge or God will not forgive you. Every body’s got secrets and only God knows. No body’s perfect.

  103. What this decision by the Vikings tells me is that the NFL is afraid of adult women and their buying power, but doesn’t care as much about kids because they don’t have enough income.
    ________

    Because women don’t care about child abuse?

  104. By the “Due Process” logic Ray Rice should be playing: he plead not guilty, there will be no trial and after he sits through an “Anger Management” class his police record will be clean as a whistle.

  105. Per ESPN, since 2000, the Vikings have more arrests than any other team in the league. Is this something about which Vikings fan are proud?

    Wilf bought the team in 2005, and most of these arrests came on his watch. This news doesn’t surprise.

  106. Report comment

    iejdaniel says:
    Sep 15, 2014 12:55 PM

    Sure are a lot of craphouse lawyers here… before you open your pieholes, shouting that Adrian admitted to the crime, check yourself. He admitted to disciplining his child, by applying a switch to the child’s backside. He did NOT plead guilty to the charge filed against him. See the difference? Probably not, but there is a difference.

    Due process. We still adhere by that principle here in the US, despite what the groupthinkers want.

    Please include yourself as a craphouse lawyer. You do realize he did commit a crime thus the arrest. He admitted to the crime and there is proof. Doesn’t take a genius for a franchise to see and understand and do the right thing. The only sad thing here is it takes forever with the legal system to make a piece of trash like Peterson pay for his crime. Just watch because the NFL will act soon and what will you say then?

  107. What a classy org. Under the Wilf’s watch
    – Chris Cook the wife beater, still on team. If not a starter probably would have been cut.
    _______

    You’re wrong on the first point. He plays for the 49ers.

  108. Amazing how many have all the answers based upon what they’ve seen so far. Is Peterson a horrible parent? How does a largely absent father feel entitled to “discipline” a 4 year old so harshly? The boy probably hardly knows him.

    That said, the positive that can come of this is for a national discussion to take place on what constitutes appropriate correction techniques for children. It’s absolutely conceivable that Peterson felt he was doing what was “right” based upon what he learned. Clearly, there are better ways to correct the behavior of a 4 year old – and we can pray that Peterson is able to learn and apply them.

    The only thing that is relevant and important to football fans is that more children experience loving parenting and safe homes – wins and losses are laughable by comparison (although not to the money people).

    The more rational thought that results from this story, the better.

  109. Vikings condone Child Abuse.
    Let’s build them another stadium.

    This is sickening. The Vikings should be ashamed of themselves.

  110. First, I’d love to know how many of the people posting on this board about “innocent until proven guilty” are a medical doctor? Physicians are mandatory reporters when they treat injuries caused by child abuse. The child’s physician reported this to be an incident of child abuse! Not the mom, not a neighbor, not TMZ. I tend to trust the judgement of someone who went through 12 years of medical school, 4 years of residency, and who is highly educated on exactly what constitutes abuse. This incident goes even beyond the physical and psychological pain the little boy endured. AP sent his son home from TX to MN with OPEN WOUNDS, which invite infection, for one thing. If Adrien felt so bad about it afterwards, as he claims to after realizing he “overdid it”, why didn’t he then take his son to the doctor himself? Instead he shipped him off to his mother to deal with getting the boy medical attention. How long was this boy walking around with open wounds that could have gotten infected?

    Second, these claims of following “due process” don’t even apply here. AP has freely admitted what he did – to the child’s mother, to the police, and to the grand jury. He’s not denying anything. The problem is that he doesn’t think there’s anything wrong with it. This level of ignorance is unfathomable! But what can we expect from a multi-millionaire who can’t even manage to stock up on condoms before hopping on (and in) every strange female to cross his path? With at least seven kids from at least five different baby mamas before the age of 30, just imagine the sheer number of other unprotected sexual encounters he’s had…talk about a walking petri dish!

    Third, I don’t feel one bit sorry for this black man who punished his own child in much the same way that plantation owners used to punish their unruly slaves in order to keep them in line. 15+ lashes on the kid’s naked butt, back, and legs…yeah, that’ll get your kids to respect you. AP claims he was just following the example set by his own dad back when he was a child? I seem to recall that his father actually spent about 10 years in prison …and that’s who he’s modeling his behavior after. Wow.

    Congratulations to all the self-appointed child rearing experts who think AP should have the right to do whatever he wants to his offspring. If you’re so proud of your viewpoints, share them with all of your co-workers, your boss, wife/girlfriend, neighbors, your kids and their friends’ parents. Do it in person without hiding behind a screen name. If you’re so sure that you’re correct, why not proudly proclaim your opinion to the world?

  111. Dear cheeseheads: Let’s not forget Mark Chmura, Eric Walden, Mossy Cade, etc. etc. It’s not like your team is squeaky clean either. I’m ashamed and horrified by what Adrian did, but don’t think for a minute that the packers have never had a player spank or switch his kid.

  112. It’s a tough situation. The NFL and the public end up knowing information that is significant about the case before the legal proceedings are finished. In this case, Peterson said exactly what he did, we see what the result was and it looks like child abuse to me. But it actually isn’t child abuse unless the legal system says it is and all of our information may be flawed because the media outlets are necessarily producing evidence, just news.

    If the NFL suspends every player upon suspicion of guilt they will likely be sued. It’s not right either.

    Don’t know the right answer, except like in the Hernandez case, there are certain charges that you just cut the person and don’t worry about the result of the legal situation. Maybe this is one of those times.

  113. Well he must have known my Grandma, she took a switch to all of us kids growing up,
    Even my teachers or principle would paddle us at school.
    If you got paddled at school, you got it worst when Dad got home. Shoot even the bus driver would pull the bus over and bend us over the seat.
    Maybe that’s what’s missing these days, maybe a few of us needs to get switched a few times,
    There is a line that can’t be crossed, I don’t know what it is, because when you came back from the office, you could not sit down, I don’t care how tough you think you were, you came back crying.

  114. The only principles the NFL has are wins and losses. That’s why the owners all have Goodell’s back. And why they are all playing the “let the legal process play out” So they can continue to collect their dollars, and their W’s. The Vikings saw that game Sunday vs New England, statement over. They also know that stars get preferential treatment in the legal system as well. So they figure roll the dice, and say see, he wasn’t convicted of anything, so we were right in letting him play. Meanwhile, Josh Gordon is selling cars for smoking weed. The league is a joke!

  115. If I were Adrian’s PR guy, I would make a youtube video with his son, and let the world see that the son is OK, and they have a strong and loving father-son relationship. I would also make sure that AP deeply apologized to his son, his team and his fans, and pledge to never let something like this happen again. I would make sure that he tell everyone the lesson learned, and that just because he was treated that way as a child, he now sees that it is not right, and that he will use more effective and less harsh methods when correcting his son in the future.

  116. My guess …

    AP will plead this down to a misdemeanor. Small fine, counseling, and community service.

    Once “due process” has occurred Goodell will than apply new standard set for domestic abuse and AP will be suspended 8 weeks.

    This will all occur before last 8 games of season so AP can serve his suspension this year (which appears to be a lost year for Vikings) and everyone can move on.

    All in all a justifiable outcome for a parent who may have had legitimate motives but was clearly misguided in their thinking concerning appropriate child discipline.

  117. I understand the owner and others thought process, nut I absolutely do not agree with the decision they have made.

    My hope is that they made this decision hoping the NFL would act quickly and make the decision for them just so they can say “We didn’t do it”……

    I still hope the NFL suspends him indefinitely since Peterson already admitted doing it and would use a switch again if the need arose. I just wish the Vikings owners and coaches had the gonads to do the same!!!

  118. Due Process huh? He admitted it! SO what exactly are you looking for? He pleas down to community service and then….all is good, no problem keep beating your 4 year-old and keep scoring touchdowns you certainly paid your debt to society and deserve to enjoy the greatest privilege in sports? It isn’t like you failed a drug test or got a DUI. Goodell sucks Wilf is a coward and the Vikings will regret this decision for years to come.

  119. I have no problem waiting for the legal process to be concluded. I feel he will probably get a long suspension after that happens, but he has the right to a second chance with his son after a lot of counseling, and I think he has the right to a second chance with the NFL.

  120. The only way to please the liberal media is to execute AP. There is no redemption from this crime, there’s no way he can become a productive member of society again. In their eyes he’s an animal who needs to be put down.

    It’s truly insane how quickly people turn on celebrities. If this was your uncle, brother, dad, etc… you’d hope that they would get counselling, figure out better ways to handle these things. Because it’s a guy who’s not on “your” football team you want him banned for life.

    Let’s get real here. AP needs help. He clearly doesn’t know of a good way to discipline his children. What he did was wrong and it’s likely he will face legal trouble. But what I want to see is he goes to jail and gets counseling so he can become a better father.

  121. YEAH! u know EXCEPT this is a FOUR YEAR OLD.
    Tell us how u took the bus to school at 4.
    idiocracy.

    cztikhldr4evr says: Sep 15, 2014 1:25 PM

    Well he must have known my Grandma, she took a switch to all of us kids growing up,
    Even my teachers or principle would paddle us at school.
    If you got paddled at school, you got it worst when Dad got home. Shoot even the bus driver would pull the bus over and bend us over the seat.
    Maybe that’s what’s missing these days, maybe a few of us needs to get switched a few times,
    There is a line that can’t be crossed, I don’t know what it is, because when you came back from the office, you could not sit down, I don’t care how tough you think you were, you came back crying.

  122. And let’s stop it with you old schoolers saying, back in my day. You know what else was allowed back in the day? Drinking and driving, prostitution, child labor, slavery. Just because it was done, doesn’t make it right. Just shut up with your, that’s what’s wrong with kids today, is they don’t get beat. My kids behave great, at 4 and 5, and I have never laid a finger on them. It’s just your parent’s were morons, and didn’t know any better way to discipline you. And if you think that’s the solution, for pushing your kid brother, is to beat the crap out of a 4 year old, you’re part of the problem. You make zero sense. You punish a mildly violent act from a kid who isn’t old enough to go to school, by committing a severely violent act against him, and that is teaching? Just stop it!

  123. Liberalism….beat your wife or kid and receive a ‘ get out of jail free ‘card, also, please pass go and collect more than $ 200.00. What a sad world this has become !

  124. This is an excerpt from and article by Cam Cole from Post Media News on Friday, Sept 12. It completely shocked me:

    ———-
    “According to the domestic complaint obtained Friday by The Baltimore Sun, Suggs’ longtime girlfriend, Candace Williams, claimed the All-Pro punched her in the neck and dragged her alongside a speeding car with their two children in the vehicle. The woman said she suffered ‘severe road rash’ as a result of the incident.

    “As is standard protocol in the wake of a complaint of this nature, Suggs was ordered to turn over any firearms in his possession. The Sun reported he turned over seven guns. WBAL-TV reported Suggs surrendered nine.

    “Suggs does not face criminal charges stemming from the September (2012) incident.”

    Williams has filed for two restraining orders against Suggs in the past five years, one of them after he allegedly knocked her to the ground, kicked her in the face, breaking her nose, and sat on top of her, grabbing her by the throat, holding an open bottle of bleach over her, threatening to drown her with it, and spilling some on her and the couple’s son.
    —————–
    There’s a deeper problem that is about to be uncovered here. These players have been protected for a long time. As much as I love football, how can I ask my son and daughter to cheer for players that are simply bad to the core, but happen to be good athletes. They have to clean it up somehow, regardless of what it does to the game in the short term.

  125. This neanderthal beat his four year-old child bloody with a tree branch! It’s just awesome to see that the NFL is putting money ahead of child abuse. Just friggin’ awesome….

    There is no resemblance between what the NFL stands for and what this country is supposed to stand for.

  126. tved12 –

    Why the need to bring in politics into this? Liberals do not corner the market on common sense. Some conservatives I know feel the same way I do…..indefinite suspension.

    Yes, I would feel the same way if it was a relative of mine. Now I ask you this: If the charge was molestation, what would you do? In my mind, both are horrific and deserve severe punishment. Further in my eyes, no second chances.

    Oh, I have Peterson on three of my fantasy leagues. Benched him when the news broke BEFORE the Vikings deactivated him!

  127. VikingsHomeOfTheZEROChampionships says: Sep 15, 2014 12:05 PM

    If there weren’t photos or it was a dispute of he said/she said….it would be different. The photos don’t lie and neither do Peterson’s own admissions.

    Just another huge brown stain for one of the most cursed franchises in the NFL outside of Buffalo.

    bridgeh2o says:

    Hmmmm, you being a gbay fan, your opinion of the situation is just a TAD slanted.

    If I were you, I wouldn’t want Peterson on the field either.

    He makes your “defense” look, offensive!!!!

  128. Here’s a thought, if you hate this so much don’t watch the NFL tonight, Thursday, this weekend, etc…

    There are a lot of people here telling us how terrible the Vikings organization is, how bad the NFL is, etc… How many of you continue to support the organization by watching their games?

    Let me paint with a broad brush too. If you are watching the NFL, you support child abuse. That’s exactly what you’re saying when you tell us that Vikings fans support child abuse.

    Thumbs down if I’m wrong. You’ll quickly see that nobody truly believes that, you just have an excuse to troll Vikings fans so you will.

  129. AP is a mentally SICK individual to do that to a 4 year old. If he did it to your child you would demand 10 years in prison for punishment and out safety.

    Google AP handshake to read many stories of him crushing people’s hands in handshakes and getting off on the surprised pain reaction they give. The guy is a danger to children and needs treatment at a minimum ASAP and jail time for this horrible abuse.

    No, he should NOT play!

  130. mnvikingsfan,

    I’m not saying liberals, I’m saying the liberal media. Honestly, it’s today’s version of a lynch mob. They get hold of a story and if the NFL, Vikings, etc.. don’t react exactly how they want then they are evil.

    Molestation is much worse than this. Molestation never starts out as a form of discipline. And I’m not the only person who thinks it’s worse, the punishment for molestation is much worse than the punishment for child abuse. And rightly so.

    In no way do I think this was ok. But I also don’t believe that the NFL is a moral high ground who should be deciding these punishments. Why don’t we let the legal system do their job. If AP is put in prison for 2 years then there is no need for a suspension, he’ll sit out plenty of games.

  131. Acts discreditable to the league is enough to keep any player from playing for, and even any owner from owning, a NFL team. There is a huge difference between due process in a court of law and due process in whether you should be allowed to play for or own a sports team.

    Shame on those still defending AP after seeing the damage done to an innocent four year old child. But especially shame on the Vikings. The league needs to step in quickly.

  132. The Vikings by their decision have just declared open season on 4-year-olds. I guess it’s okay then to beat a 4 year old with a stick for no reason and so brutally that the kid requires hospitalization. Doesn’t seem like good PR to me. I guess the Vikings value winning above all else, even the well-being of 4 year olds.

  133. The whole thing is sad and while its easy and popular to vilify Peterson and declare what the NFL punishments should be, this is not a simple problem. Goodell made a huge mess when, with good (albeit misguided) intentions, he decided to have the league act as police, judge, jury and moral authority for all its players. He created an unsustainable system and now it seems too late to turn back. The idea that the NFL is an independent judiciary has been unfortunately set by precedent. It was wrong at the outset, and its an even bigger travesty now.

  134. Wouldn’t taking away his father’s ability to provide for him only be penalizing the child again? Educate Peterson. Make him attend parenting classes or something so this never happens again. Don’t take away the man’s job.

    Also this prosecutor is a real scumbag. The first grand jury no-billed this. While the country is in an uproar over the Ray Rice thing, he presented it to another grand jury and now he gets the indictment. Don’t fool yourself- this guy is just trying to make a name for himself.

  135. As wrong as I think Ray Rice was for hitting his wife, I almost see this as worse. I agree with releasing/suspending Rice, but his wife is too stupid to leave. AP’s kids don’t have a choice to walk away from their dad. I’ve always respected AP for his talents on the field, and this has nothing to do with PC or politics…he put a kid in the hospital. He should be under the same, or worse, scrutiny as Rice.

  136. Everyone is entitled to due process in the justice system.

    Nobody is entitled to play in the NFL. The NFL can ban anyone they choose.

    The fact that an immoral franchise allows a child abuser with his arrest record and inappropriate behavior is disgusting.

    The vikings cut Darrion Scott for burning his child’s ears and holding a plastic bag over the child’s head. Darrion Scott was never allowed back in the NFL.

    Why would Darrion Scott be cut and not Peterson?

    No child abuser should be in the NFL ever.

    The vikings are an embarrassment to the NFL.

  137. I am missing something….For all you junior lawers on here blabbering about”Due Process” the man admitted to beating his son with a switch, the doctor who treated the boy provided law enforcement with pictures…Oh wait maybe he can beat the rap by pleading thats how I was raised….You bet two wrongs make a right…Get off it

  138. Too many guys drafted Peterson first, second, or third in their drafts and had to then wait 20 picks for their next selection. They don’t deserve to be screwed over week to week. Make a decision on this Vikings and make a decision NFL and for goodness sakes, stick with it.

  139. tokyofilthblaster says:
    Sep 15, 2014 1:59 PM
    Beating children bloody isn’t that big of deal in MN

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    But what is a big deal is the fact that Google is running out of gmail accounts because you have so many user names.

  140. So where is all the outrage against the Vikings and the NFL for not releasing and suspending AP? He admitted it, just like Ray Rice, picture evidence, yet only the Ravens dropped the ball? Both are awful acts and should be punished the same…

  141. tokyofilthblaster says:
    Sep 15, 2014 1:59 PM
    Beating children bloody isn’t that big of deal in MN

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    BTW, this took place in Texas, and decision to let him play was made in New York, so Minnesota has nothing to do with it.

  142. Bspurloc, don’t know how old you are but. I will tell you I grew up durning the time when you behaved, or you got whipped,don’t care HOW old you were. You said Yes, Sir, yes , Mam, you never spoke while the grown ups were talking, you were taught respect, you behaved in public,
    But we knew that our parents cared for us,
    Like I said there is a line that can’t not be crossed.
    Don’t know the Dr.s report, ( stitches, or just a bandage )

  143. And for those that think he should be allowed to continue to play. You do realize that he has been charged with felony child abuse. Felony. As in f e l o n y. Felony.

    Should all players charged..and booked…and bailed out….on felony charges be allowed to continue to play? Or do you draw the line at robbing banks and murder, just not beating a four year old?

    The fact that he apparently still doesn’t think he has done anything wrong is enough to keep him at home.

    On second thought, does he have kids living with him currently? Maybe the NFL should let him continue to play to protect more innocent children. Less “at-home” time could prevent a few more beatings.

  144. (duluthvikesfan says: Sep 15, 2014 12:16 PM

    People, he hasn’t been convicted of anything! If he is convicted then the team and league should punish him. )
    Yes and knowing the BiQueens they will only suspend him if he lands in jail and even then probably just suspend him the same amount of time that he spends in jail. Completely classless.

  145. This country is in rough shape if we have to rely on the legal system for common decency. Just because you can’t be put in jail without a trial doesn’t mean you can’t be fired and publicly shamed. Our legal system is so flawed if we have to rely on just it things in America are gonna get really bad.

  146. I hope they’re ready for a riot at the Vikings game this weekend. This brainless sperm donor has no business playing football or getting paid. I’m sure all of his kids are terrified of him. I feel sorry for every one of them.

  147. As far as this case is concerned would suggest to all to read the NFL’s personal conduct policy, which should govern his employment conditions, partially quoted below:

    “Standard of Conduct:
    While criminal activity is clearly outside the scope of permissible conduct, and persons who
    engage in criminal activity will be subject to discipline, the standard of conduct for persons
    employed in the NFL is considerably higher. It is not enough simply to avoid being found guilty
    of a crime. Instead, as an employee of the NFL or a member club, you are held to a higher
    standard and expected to conduct yourself in a way that is responsible, promotes the values
    upon which the League is based, and is lawful.
    Persons who fail to live up to this standard of conduct are guilty of conduct detrimental and
    subject to discipline, even where the conduct itself does not result in conviction of a crime.”

    Regardless of your view on Adrian’s legal or moral guilt, there is no doubt here that his conduct violates this policy.

  148. Time for the Facebook Vikings Pee challenge. Time to take a leak on anything Vikings related. I know it’s mostly an improvement but that is what this team needs. Improvement and one less idiot violent running back.

  149. This point may have already been made, but the “Due Process” argument has merit.

    The issue is not whether Peterson hit his child with a stick. He admits that.

    Nor is the question whether the hitting caused injury. He admits that.

    The question is whether the hitting was excessive under Texas law, which permits corporal punishment of one’s children.

    That is yet to be determined, and not by us, but by a Texas jury.

    I don’t agree with hitting a 4 year old, but I’m clear about the legal issue here.

  150. Adrian is learning a hard lesson. People act like holding him out of the games before he even has his day in court is hurting him. That is nothing.

    Going from a beloved person everywhere you go to a new demographic of people holding signs ripping on your character, turning your AP jersey into a Patterson jersey, being ripped apart on the World news and local news. They will take a toll on AP more than any benching.

    It also puts Adrian Peterson into a place where he can change into a better parent to his kids. And you’re fooling yourself if you think banishing AP is for the best when he can continue to do great things for kids. AP has helped more kids than all of the people making comments combined.

    I think what he did went too far, but I have also been reading about the history of abuse using switches, belt, slaps and more. These parents were brought up that way. The community saw no problems with it. In almost all cases these parents are quoting Bible passages and consider it almost an act of love, a hard lesson earned and not to do again. Fundamental Christians that go down the path of he that spareth the rod…

    These people are not monsters. They are doing what’s been done for generations. This is a good chance to bring these practices in public without pitchforks. To put an end to them. These are people with a Big heart and lots of love who happen to also carry a big stick, because they believe that’s what it takes to raise a child who will productive in society and stay out of trouble.

    I’ve been trying to wrap my head around it the last few days. Not in black and white, but in gray where the real answers lie.

  151. If more parents would spank their kids, we would have less juvenile delinquents in this world.

    I don’t see anything wrong in spanking a mis-behaving child.

  152. cztikhldr4evr says:Sep 15, 2014 1:25 PM

    Well he must have known my Grandma, she took a switch to all of us kids growing up,
    Even my teachers or principle would paddle us at school.
    If you got paddled at school, you got it worst when Dad got home. Shoot even the bus driver would pull the bus over and bend us over the seat.
    Maybe that’s what’s missing these days, maybe a few of us needs to get switched a few times,
    There is a line that can’t be crossed, I don’t know what it is, because when you came back from the office, you could not sit down, I don’t care how tough you think you were, you came back crying.

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    That is how it used to be… Teachers and Priests also used to molest kids and get away with it. Drunk drivers used to get off with a warning from the police. Black people had to eat in different resaurants then white people.

    I don’t think going back to the way it was is the solution.

  153. phillies08wfc says: Sep 15, 2014 2:03 PM

    Wouldn’t taking away his father’s ability to provide for him only be penalizing the child again? Educate Peterson. Make him attend parenting classes or something so this never happens again. Don’t take away the man’s job.
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    I would think the millions of $$ Peterson has already been paid, he could be jobless the rest of his life yet live better than 99.99% of the people that comment here!

  154. whatnojets says:Sep 15, 2014 2:28 PM

    If more parents would spank their kids, we would have less juvenile delinquents in this world.

    I don’t see anything wrong in spanking a mis-behaving child.

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    That’s been proven wrong a thousand times over. The way to rid the world of juvinile delinquents is to love and support them and give them a path to succeed in the world. Leading by example is the best way. Making them afraid of adults doesn’t make them contributing members of society. Just because a person became successful that was spanked doesn’t mean the two things are related. There are tens of thousands of kids with legal problems that were hit by their parents.

  155. The thing that cracks me up the most about this is there are so many people on here and other places acting so outraged about this- yet they turn the other cheek when the know there are THOUSANDS of children dying of starvation and preventable disease EVERY DAY around the world but instead of doing anything to help them they would rather spend their time and efforts sitting on their butts complaining about Adrian Peterson. If you are really THAT outraged open up your wallets or God Forbid get off your fat butt and actually help a child that really needs it.

  156. I had a boss who’s two adopted daughters, as teens, accused him of abuse. He was arrested, charges filed and he was later cleared of those charges because it was found that the daughters were lying. It took a full year for him to be cleared. As soon as he was arrested, the company I work for placed him on leave and less than a month later forced him to resign. He genuinely was innocent, but the company couldn’t afford to be wrapped up in the story. Like it or not, we are employees at will and can be terminated for about any reason. I do believe in the court system but innocent until proven guilty has to with punishment under the law, not our social lives.

    Beating his 4yo son is unacceptable. Promise, as soon as that child got to the ER with his mother, the hospital notified the police and DCS of potential abuse, which is protocol in a hospital. AP is innocent until proven guilty, but at best, he should not be playing football until this is sorted out. At face value, the decision to activate him has nothing to do with his rights, it is purely a selfish move by the owner.

  157. bullcharger says:
    Sep 15, 2014 2:38 PM

    whatnojets says:Sep 15, 2014 2:28 PM

    If more parents would spank their kids, we would have less juvenile delinquents in this world.

    I don’t see anything wrong in spanking a mis-behaving child.

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    That’s been proven wrong a thousand times over. The way to rid the world of juvinile delinquents is to love and support them and give them a path to succeed in the world. Leading by example is the best way.
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    OK- Maybe he went too far but tell me, what is your idea of an expectable punishment? Not letting him/her play video games? Taking away their cell phones or cutting off their internet??

    Leading by example is hogwash – look at society today…it’s a big mess. Can’t do this, can’t do that. You can’t even pray or say the pledge of allegiance anymore without being brutally criticized.

    Children selling drugs, six year olds committing felonies, where is their “morality ” in our society???

  158. A.P., c’mon dude, you can’t equate giving a 4 year-old a welt on his backside with achieving CEO or Olympic Gold Medal status — that is just stoopid [sic]. Dude, you caused this child to BLEED: that is abuse, plain and simple, bruh. Now, you’d better pray that your kid doesn’t grow up thinking it’s okay to punch women in the face, like Ray Rice, because that is the monster you will create, if you continue on this path of parental discipline.

  159. manbearpig9318 says:
    Sep 15, 2014 2:55 PM
    I’ve been a Viking fan my whole life but this news that there going to let him play makes me sick. Go Pack!
    ………
    Sure you have been…..very believable!

  160. “You and your wife go out to dinner. You leave your 4 year old with your sister in law and her boyfriend. You come home to find your four year old with those bruises, welts and bleeding cuts. Including on his scrotum. You also see defensive wounds on his hands.”
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    Whose child is it? Who decides what is “child abuse”? You?

  161. kagey7 says:
    Sep 15, 2014 1:02 PM
    Listening to Jim Rome and heard an African-American gentleman who called in to say this was accepted in the black community. My thought – with the crime rate so high in the African-American community evidently it doesn’t work very well.

    Wasn’t that Mike Vick’s defense for dog fighting as well?

  162. Absolutely disgraceful. At one time, the Vikings were a class organization, but this is as despicable and gutless as it gets

    Um .,. When was that? They were never classy,I take that back..in the 60 s and 70 s maybe..but since?

  163. I thought Spielman was very clear in his press comments today. Fundamentally, the Vikings do not view the motives and intent of these actions as showing as poorly on AP’s character as they did in the case of Chris Cook and A.J. Jefferson.

    Nobody’s complaining because they didn’t cut Jerome Simpson after his DUI. Nobody’s comparing Simpson to Rice.

  164. What you people (Some of you) don’t understand is, we don’t agree with what he did. But there is a process, and were not it. Its for the court system to decide, not us. You people would rather be put on trial for anything by the public and not a jury. Sorry that has never worked in any country I ever heard of. Have his day in court, and show that he’s trying to be a better dad and person. That’s not for us to judge. So we shouldn’t.
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  165. Alright listen… There is sick people all over this world. Adrian Peterson has no violent out of control past compared to maybe a Big Ben, Ray Lewis, etc. not to mention how dirty the Vikings background already is with the Chris kluwe situation. Yes, I’m an Adrian Peterson fan and no I don’t know what goes on behind closed doors, but what I do know is players in the NFL previously have done far worse then discipline their own kids. Maybe he did take it to far but who’s to say if his intentions were to be that high strung. People make mistakes daily throughout this world. The only difference is, is that he’s a high class athlete and we like to push it to the extreme because of who he is. He has no background of violent behavior I’m a strong believer that his intentions weren’t severe like they may seem, just a mistake that we have to move past.. Let him play.

  166. My grandma use to whip me with a switch and leave more marks than that. A good whipping is suppose to hurt that’s what its for. Let the man raise his family his way and you raise yours, your way.

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