Don’t be surprised if Vikings change course on Peterson

On Monday, the Vikings were unequivocal about the decision to let running back Adrian Peterson play in Week Three.  In the wake of that decision, the criticism has been unanimous, loud, and growing.

As a result, there’s already talk that the Vikings could change course and not let Peterson play on Sunday.  Don’t be surprised if that happens.

It would be a curious turn of events, an admission that the Vikings got it wrong and an example of an NFL bowing to overwhelming pressure from the media, fans, and sponsors.  But as the saying goes, wisdom often never makes an appearance.

It’s better that wisdom show up late than not at all.

154 responses to “Don’t be surprised if Vikings change course on Peterson

  1. Is it really wisdom to bow to a PR mess? Peterson should have been cut just like Rice from the minute this stuff appeared. I’m not asking players to be perfect, just don’t child-abusing monsters.

  2. Mike McCarthy said it best: “Something happens when you put on that purple”.

    A serial rapist, and now a serial child abuser. All after becoming Minnesota Vikings.

    Well, at least it’s a good thing Aaron Hernandez was never a Viking. There’s no telling how many people he would’ve murdered.

  3. Life according to AP:

    Multiple kids with multiple mothers, and beating them for most of the time you’re spending with them: ALL IN GOD’S PLAN

    Gay Marriage: EVIL

  4. Hey Goodell, can you give me a call when you figure out what the hell you’re doing? Asiata saved my fantasy team last week and I need to know what to do with him. Thanks so much.

  5. This is getting ridiculous. It’s Adrian Peterson vs a 4 yr old. If he wanted to hurt the kid, the kid would be dead. I’m 6’4, 240 and I’m sure AP could kill me with his bare hands if he wanted to.
    The man made a dumb mistake, but he’s not a malicious monster like Ray Rice. Totally different.

  6. Unfortunately, the Vikings likely have no choice but to reconsider the decision. As an entity that is so dependent on public opinion, they have no option.

    It’s a very bad time for players to do really bad things. That said, I see over reaction to these kinds of situations going forward until Goodell ceases his cranial rectal inversion and starts showing some action in dealing with these events and sets real penalties, applied consistently.

  7. But…but…touchdowns! AP scores touchdowns!

    In fact, it appears that AP is really good at just two things in life: beating 4-year-old children bloody and scoring touchdowns. Guess which one of those matters most to Rick Spielman and the Vikings?

  8. A lot of us have changed course. My first reaction was that we need to wait for due process and then suspend. However, now I hear there is more than one offense, so I say inactivate him until he goes through due process and then wait for NFL discipline.

  9. Slippery1:

    Would you be ok with AP dosing the same “discipline” to your children?

    If not, that’s a problem.

  10. At any point do people consider that the mothers of these children reacted in ways that were not all about the health of their children.

    What happens if this causes Peterson to lose custody altogether of his children, more money to the Mothers.

    And who really gets punished then? THE CHILDREN

    A couple carried away marks from being disciplined or losing all contact with your father? Whats worse?

    The only person who benefits in any of this is the mothers who reported these issues to further benefit their own pocketbooks.

    Is Peterson at fault, YES. But at his expense children are going to lose any sense of a father figure and the Mothers who clearly slept with him for the payday are going to make more money.

    Nobody wins, especially not the children.

  11. Instead of a witch hunt perhaps it would be useful to actually talk about the problem and map out a plan to build awareness rather than destroy a person.

    The NFL is caught up in it’s own PR game so they get what they deserve but instead of blanketing everyone with pink for a full month why don’t we carve out a week instead for domestic violence or child abuse to raise awareness.

    No excuse for Peterson from my camp but listening to Ray Lewis commenting on his outrage is a contradiction and offensive. Carter, same church different pew. He who is without sin, cast the 1st stone I think is the way the line goes, not bury they guy!

    Won’t there be a player in Dallas to play this year despite killing a teammate last year. And on the outrage with “Goodell” let him get a taste of his own medicine but where is the outrage on the cops for not pressing more significant charges.

    How often does this happen in the NBA but nobody has even commented on that….

    Societal juries rendering verdicts by hypocrites is why our country is so screwed up

  12. “…. the criticism has been unanimous, loud, and growing.”

    Sadly that’s not accurate if you listen to radio and read message boards here in Minnesota.
    As a 47 year Vikings fan I’m in favor of sitting him until this is resolved.

  13. Discipline is one thing, beating a child is another. Most of the kids today could use more discipline and less time outs. But beating a four year old is out of bounds. A swat on the butt would do most of these kids some good.

  14. Adrian Beat-a-son is a child abuser no matter how you spin it. What’s really sad is that the Viking organization’s reaction and reinstatement is almost as disgusting as AB’s behavior. How anyone can defend someone beating a 4-year-old with a stick is beyond terrifying. HE BEAT HIS TODDLER SON WITH A STICK. HE ADMITTED BEATING HIS TODDLER SON WITH A STICK. That’s called child abuse, you morons.

  15. This man did what no one seems to do today….he disciplined his kid. If that is now a crime, then this country is in some real dangerous territory.

    If this is “discipline”, where does that line get drawn?

    Is it OK to punch a 7 year old in the face if it’s “discipline”?

    How about choking a crying 1 year old until they pass out so they’ll stop – OK with you?

    Tell me, if your neighbor comes over, shoves leaves in your mouth and beats you across the head and genitals with a stick until they bleed because you’re playing music too loud – OK?

  16. Or better yet, if a teacher stuffs leaves in the mouth of your kindergartner, then beats them about the head and genitals with a branch until they bleed because they were being loud – you’re fine, huh?

  17. They won’t change a thing because a majority of America (according to ESPN poll) thinks they made the right decision to activate him.

  18. f1restarter says:
    Sep 16, 2014 6:13 PM
    Mike McCarthy said it best: “Something happens when you put on that purple”.

    A serial rapist, and now a serial child abuser. All after becoming Minnesota Vikings
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    Johnny Jolly was arrested twice and imprisoned and the Packers still resigned him and let’s not forget about Underwood and Walden both arrested for domestic abuse and then there’s always Mark “the molester”Chmura who attempted to rape his own babysitter and the Packers voted him into their famed (sic) Packer HOF. What’s that saying, “people who live in glass houses……………….”

  19. I hate that my beloved Vikrs needed to be cowed into the right decision. I’m beyond disgusted with “daddy Peterson”

  20. This is a slippery slope if the NFL and organizations base decisions on media, social media etc. That said, I think the Vikings should suspend him. I also think we (Vikings fans) should use social media to convince Zimmer to start Bridgewater if Cassel craps the bed next week, again!

  21. @slippery1:

    Dude, read the article detailing the kid’s injuries, remind yourself this is a 4-year-old we’re talking about, then keep telling yourself AP is just an old-school dad disciplining his son.

    The rest of us ain’t buyin’ it.

  22. For what it is worth, the Vikes have a governor, a sitting senator, and 3 sponsors I know of weighing in on this. Just let it go, Ziggy, let it go. Sit him down so we can get to our “caved in” posts, you goofball.

  23. I think the fact that they’re paying him something like $12.5 million this year is entering into their thought process. It’s easy to take the moral high ground when you’re talking about someone else’s money.

  24. Say this out loud out as if you did it Peterson apologists:

    “I stuffed leaves in my 4 year old son’s mouth to muffle his screams before I beat him with a stick on the face, hands, arms, legs, inner thighs and scrotum so severely that he had welt and cuts visible a week later.”

    See what you neighbors or co-workers think of you.

  25. The vikings can save face if they just make Peterson inactive. It’s not like they’re going to the superbowl anyway this year so why not do the right thing?

  26. These are only two instances when the absentee ‘father’ actually got caught. How many occurred without being reported? He’s no father, drifting in and out of children’s lives and because he fathered the children that allows him to beat them? Disgusting human being, and a bully.

  27. Adrian has done too much good to have you jackals convict him in public. How many children have you helped, how people have you inspired to get to the next level or from an injury. Adrian made a mistake don’t ruin his life because of it. GET REAL

  28. I would say the only “overwhelming pressure” the league considers most of the time is the sponsors.

    Another sponsor or two pulls out and it will become rats jumping from a sinking ship. The longer this goes on with no change the more sponsors will jump.

    Then the league will lose Budweiser and at that point every team will see a hit to their budgets with the loss of Bud’s enormous advertising revenue.

    Then its going to get real interesting watching them try and dig their collective way out of the hole they’re digging as fast as they can. The league, Goodell, the teams, the players. Their asses are all on the line now.

  29. If this is “discipline”, where does that line get drawn?

    Is it OK to punch a 7 year old in the face if it’s “discipline”?

    How about choking a crying 1 year old until they pass out so they’ll stop – OK with you?

    Tell me, if your neighbor comes over, shoves leaves in your mouth and beats you across the head and genitals with a stick until they bleed because you’re playing music too loud – OK?
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    Just the fact that you have to imagine wild violent scenarios to pump up your argument proves you wrong.

  30. A player of AP’s size and strength whipping a little 4 year old kid with a stick AFTER shoving leaves in his mouth is sick…but to see all the blood, cuts and bruises all over him was beyond understanding. Now to find out he’s done this before with another 4 year old. He’s flat out sick. As a teacher there are many ways to deal and teach a four year old. Try time out…it’s very effective when done proper. Consider talking to him and reasoning out what took place. The last case should be a spanking – that’s mild. You should never leave marks…and god forbid hitting him/her with a foreign item enough to cut skin…that is exactly the definition of child abuse. Jeffery Dalmer was raised in a way that he thought his actions were acceptable too…that’s not an excuse!

  31. This will be deleted by the people saying, “I was hit as a kid and I turned out fine” don’t understand that when they were hit that was another time. People learned, like Cris Carter said, that that kind of parenting is wrong. We frown upon people beating kids for a reason, it doesn’t help the child learn anything and in fact the stress retards the child’s brain development.

  32. If Adrian Peterson is not a child abuser, then Ray Rice is not guilty of domestic violence. WAKE up NFL! You need to apologize to Ray and Janae Rice. You silence, be is saying that beating a four year old is less serious than domestic violence.

  33. the nfl really doesn’t care about it’s fans, but they do care about their sponsors. once the sponsors start pulling ads the nfl will change it’s tune so fast it will make your head spin

  34. GUILTY UNTIL PROVEN INNOCENT!!!
    OFF WITH HIS HEAD!!!!
    THE ANGRY MOB HAS SPOKEN!!!!

    Welcome to Obama’s America

  35. I still believe he should be allowed to play until this goes to court. However, seeing as the pressure is mounting against him and the team, the inevitable looks to be near (thanks to the real media and social media for acting like a lynch mob). AP is in a public relations nightmare and some serious public image rebuilding is going to be needed. I think it would be smart of him to come and say he is stepping away from the game voluntarily until this is worked out. It will take the pressure off of the NFL and the team. Plus, it will be a major step in the right direction on regaining his public image (the best that it can be anyways).

  36. How is AP going to support all those kids and all those baby-momma’s if he gets run out of the league? Who does that really hurt?

  37. Of course these morons have to be forced to do the right thing. Amazing how these owners and idiot Goodell don’t get it and they can’t even make the right decision on no brainer decisions.

    Totally inept morally and ethically these scumbags are

  38. NFL is rapidly unraveling as the culture of lies, spin, and manipulation that Goodell has morphed and changed is now overwhelmingly apparent in multiple aspects. I’ve been calling for this clown to resign since Spygate.

  39. I’m waiting for TMZ to come out with audio of an NFL owner or front office person condoning Peterson ‘ s switching of his 4 yr old and saying the child deserved it

    That’s how clueless these idiots are

  40. I have a 2 yr old and he needs a spanking often. Is it far fetched to think a 4 yr old need a spanking? Of course they do. They can get out of hand and build bad habits that’ll probably need institutional correction down the line, whether that be counseling or prison. Then everyone can jump on the parenting. Hypocrites!

  41. philipdebin says:
    Sep 16, 2014 6:17 PM

    This is getting ridiculous. It’s Adrian Peterson vs a 4 yr old. If he wanted to hurt the kid, the kid would be dead. I’m 6’4, 240 and I’m sure AP could kill me with his bare hands if he wanted to.
    The man made a dumb mistake, but he’s not a malicious monster like Ray Rice. Totally different.
    ==================================Your premise makes no sense. If he wanted to kill the kid, he’d be dead. But people who have the ability and size to kill someone more often don’t do that- but you knew that already.

    Ray Rice was drunk and punched a woman in the face a single time, and you rightly call him a malicious monster. Adrian Peterson takes a tiny 4-year old, shoves leaves in his mouth, and beats him repeatedly about the legs and genitals, leaving open wounds and welts. I bet the kid was screaming the whole time. Beating a defenseless 4 year old repeatedly. And in your eyes, he’s not a malicious monster. So, not OK to hit an adult woman, but it’s just fine to beat and terrify a child.

  42. Cheattle Cheathawks says:

    Sorry– what exactly is the “wisdom” of him not being allowed to play this weekend?

    Anyone? Seriously.
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    Umm, the team is already losing sponsors.

  43. thedebonair1 says:
    Sep 16, 2014 7:03 PM

    I have a 2 yr old and he needs a spanking often. Is it far fetched to think a 4 yr old need a spanking? Of course they do. They can get out of hand and build bad habits that’ll probably need institutional correction down the line, whether that be counseling or prison. Then everyone can jump on the parenting. Hypocrites!
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    And when you spank your child, do you leave open wounds and welts? Do you threaten to “slug him in the face”? Do you use your hand or an object to do it? Do you shove things into your child’s mouth?

    Quite a difference between an open hand spanking and what happened, here, isn’t it?

    Apples and oranges, really.

  44. AP is probably not the brightest of people and up to this point has been an upstanding citizen and contributor to the community. His team stands by him as do his teammates despite not being the popular choice. Though its hard for some of you to understand that is the choice the Vikings made and they should stick to it. Personally they should of let him sit out a few more weeks until this had settled down a bit especially being so close to the Ray Rice issue. But now they’d just be appeasing some politicians, a couple sponsors and an angry mob.

  45. All the critics think they’re perfect and never ever going to make mistakes in their life. What a bunch of clowns. We are all the same. No one is different from one another and no one on earth is good or innocent to God. What he did I do not condone but give the guy a break. I thought this is a 2nd chance country. What happens to our 2nd chance? It’s not like he murder or rape some one. To me, this is not a crime. It’s a way of discipline. America is too controlling and yet lets people smoke marijuanna and etc. Look at what our kids these days are like. Today we may evolve but our kids are worse than before. We are too protective our kids, spoil them and before you know they’re out of control. Stupid!!!!!!!

  46. cityclub13 says:
    Sep 16, 2014 6:48 PM
    Both him and Rice were wrong, but the punishment from the public is becoming ridiculous. Looks a lot like the Salem Witch Trials.

    ————-

    VERY poor analogy, for you see… The very absurdity of the Salem Witch Trials was that the accused weren’t guilty of any crime (obviously, since there are no witches).

    Conversely, Peterson and Rice have admitted guilt, and Harden has been found guilty by a judge.

    So……. Yeah, bad analogy.

  47. Just a reminder…. The 4 yr old told child services “Daddy Peterson” (his words) would hit him in the face if he told anyone what AP did.

    4 yrs old….

  48. 7 have been arrested for fraud,
    19 have been accused of writing bad checks,
    117 have bankrupted at least two businesses,
    3 have been arrested for assault,
    71 have credit reports so bad they can’t qualify for a credit card,
    14 have been arrested on drug-related charges,
    8 have been arrested for shoplifting,
    21 are current defendants in lawsuits,

    And in 1998 alone, 84 were stopped for drunk driving, but released after they claimed Congressional immunity.

    I think many folks are being disingenuous.

  49. Are we going to allow two politicians to come out and vocally suggest the rights of an American citizen should be compromised?

    While I am beyond disappointed at Adrian’s actions, he is a citizen of The United States of America. The greatest country on this planet. Don’t let his rights as a fellow American be taken away. Let him be punished for his actions by the definition of the law (I personally hope he faces strict punishment) through due process, his right as an American. If you don’t like the law then get off your lazy butt and work to change it. That is how America works. We don’t convict by mob.

  50. philipdebin says:
    Sep 16, 2014 6:17 PM
    This is getting ridiculous. It’s Adrian Peterson vs a 4 yr old. If he wanted to hurt the kid, the kid would be dead. I’m 6’4, 240 and I’m sure AP could kill me with his bare hands if he wanted to.
    The man made a dumb mistake, but he’s not a malicious monster like Ray Rice. Totally different.
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    It is totally different, you’re right.

    In Rice’s situation, his girlfriend had a chance to separate herself from an obviously escalating situation before she got in that elevator. This is not justifying anything that happened in there, but she did have that choice.

    In AP’s situation, there is a totally defenseless child that has no choice but to rely on, and trust in, his caregiver. AP betrayed that trust by going well beyond a normal spanking. The number of lashes and the force that child was struck with is sickening.

    This is not a ‘mistake’. He knew how hard he was hitting that kid.

    I’m as conservative as they come, and I took my fair share of spankings, switches, and belts in my time. The man should be in prison right now, let alone being paid millions playing football.

  51. thegreatgabbert says:
    Sep 16, 2014 6:31 PM
    Petersen can’t play in the league again. Ever. There isn’t anything complicated about the decision. No grey area, no debate. Gone. For. Good.
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    and thank goodness for gabbert who has the ability and special insight to judge all of humanity.

    Thank you, gg, for all you do. The world is lucky to have you.

  52. Stand firm, Vikings. Good chance that another pro athlete will mess up soon and the media will turn its attention to attempting to dictate that situation.

  53. natelan says:
    Sep 16, 2014 7:11 PM

    Anyone who hits their children, especially with a weapon, is mentally disturbed and I pity you and the family members around you.

    Well its obviously a national problem if there are a lot of people like his teammates and Charles Barkley who aren’t as shocked as you by it. Stop with the pity and lets start a national dialogue and maybe something good can come out of this. Because you know its got to be happening in thousands of households across the country but TMZ isn’t exposing them.

  54. And when you spank your child, do you leave open wounds and welts? Do you threaten to “slug him in the face”? Do you use your hand or an object to do it? Do you shove things into your child’s mouth?

    Quite a difference between an open hand spanking and what happened, here, isn’t it?

    Apples and oranges, really.
    ==================================

    See that’s where it gets murky, because we don’t know the full extent of this situation. Have we not seen the damage the media can do with irresponsible reporting and lust for headlines. We cling to every single word and paint our own version of what happened, therefore prejudging before any legal action is taken. There are many ways you can discipline your child but the most effective way for me is a good old fashion spanking. Most of the time open hand, sometimes a belt. I’m not naive to the fact that parents can and will go over board but it’s not in jest of causing irreversible damage. I just find it funny that ppl feel they have the right to tell another person how to parent their children. Even funnier when a child acts up in public and bystanders say “shut that baby up”, how? Suffocation? Lol. It starts at home, the child needs to know its place and how to behave.

  55. If your skin doesn’t crawl when you think of what Adrian Peterson ADMITTED TO DOING, then you probably belong in jail.

    Better yet, you probably belong in some inescapable offshore penal colony.

  56. nothing to me is weaker and more pathetic than those that buckle under peer pressure. that’s all this really is. just mob rule. give it another week and it won’t even be a secondary story. this too shall pass.

  57. vikingofny says:
    Sep 16, 2014 7:24 PM

    Innocent until proven guilty no matter how much you want to fundamentally change this country
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    What’s your point? He’s already admitted to shoving leaves in the kids mouth and beating him up and down his legs and genitals leaving open wounds. There are pictures of it. If he were to plea bargain down to a lesser charge or get off on a technicality, would that suddenly mean that he didn’t do what he said he did?

  58. natelan, AP did NOT admit guilt. He admitted to causing the injuries. He has said he did not intend to hurt the child. He did not admit to being guilty of abuse (intent) as so many keep saying.

  59. The way to turn the tide on child abuse/spouse abuse is to hold municipal police forces and DAs accountable for documenting and prosecuting these crimes.

    Domestic abuse has gone on this long because law enforcement dismisses the complaints of the few women who do come forward.

    And some of those who are successful in filing a complaint still may have a tough time getting adequate attention from the case prosecutor.

    All the vengeance and hate being fired at Peterson, the Vikes and Goodell is being spun way out of control. It is misplace anger.

    Adrian will have his day in court and the market will dictate how negative an impact (if any) will result if the Vikes play AP on Sunday.

    You really want to make a difference in domestic abuse? put down your figurative pitch forks and start with your local police force and DA.

  60. Just another bad decision by Rick Spielman. Hopefully the NFL management steps in and makes him do the right thing, because he doesn’t have the decency to know right from wrong. Anybody ever find out where Roger is hiding?

  61. I guess Adrian hasn’t been told the “proper” way to discipline children these days. Step 1: Do nothing and let them run wild when they are young. Step 2: Act shocked when they have a lot of trouble with school. Step 3: Drug them with Ritalin. Problem solved!

  62. taintedsaints2009 says:
    Sep 16, 2014 7:37 PM

    nothing to me is weaker and more pathetic than those that buckle under peer pressure. that’s all this really is. just mob rule. give it another week and it won’t even be a secondary story. this too shall pass.
    ==================================What weakness truly is a man who has the need to beat a 4 year old repeatedly and draw blood. Just as weak are those that condone it or look the other way. Abuse is typically committed and supported by the weak.

  63. Oh please let Peterson play; otherwise when the saints beat the vikings on Sunday there will be no way viking fans can claim this loss as another saints conspiracy to cheat them out of their 09 loss in the championship game. Oh wait that will never happen.

  64. Every time AP fumbles, he should be met by Fran Tarkenton who will then apply hot sauce to AP’s mouth. Every time AP is stopped for a loss, he should be met by Chuck Foreman who will stuff leaves in AP’s mouth, then lacerate his behind. This discipline will help AP.

  65. This seems to be the only way to stop the NFL’s free-falling PR from hell:
    1. Goodell resigns. The one who preaches ”protect the shield” the loudest has failed to do just that with his rulings on the Rice incident. I just don’t see any of this improving as long as Goodell is in charge.
    2. Rice should just lay low for the rest of the season. Appeal the ”indefinite suspension” after the season.
    3. Because the league screwed up on the Rice punishment, then jumped the gun (shark?) on indefinite suspension, same penalty should apply to Adrian Peterson, the 49er guy & the Carolina guy (I can’t recall their names), thanks to the league’s ”precedent,” of sorts.
    4. Anyone else who screws up royally, same story. Especially during Super Bowl week. Appeal it after the season.
    5. Anhueser-Busch…nice to see a major, major NFL sponsor let the league know where you stand. Bad choice of wording RE: moral and ethics stance. You do know your beverages play a big part in domestic violence and other forms of rage, anger and abuse…..right?

  66. thedebonair1 says:
    Sep 16, 2014 7:33 PM

    And when you spank your child, do you leave open wounds and welts? Do you threaten to “slug him in the face”? Do you use your hand or an object to do it? Do you shove things into your child’s mouth?

    Quite a difference between an open hand spanking and what happened, here, isn’t it?

    Apples and oranges, really.
    ==================================

    See that’s where it gets murky, because we don’t know the full extent of this situation. Have we not seen the damage the media can do with irresponsible reporting and lust for headlines. We cling to every single word and paint our own version of what happened, therefore prejudging before any legal action is taken. There are many ways you can discipline your child but the most effective way for me is a good old fashion spanking. Most of the time open hand, sometimes a belt. I’m not naive to the fact that parents can and will go over board but it’s not in jest of causing irreversible damage. I just find it funny that ppl feel they have the right to tell another person how to parent their children. Even funnier when a child acts up in public and bystanders say “shut that baby up”, how? Suffocation? Lol. It starts at home, the child needs to know its place and how to behave.
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    So you have a 2 year old that you said that you have to spank “often”. And you occasionally hit him with a belt to “put him in his place”. What does a 2 year old possibly do to deserve to get hit at all, let alone with a belt, which would be like hitting an adult with a large place of cable.

    Hitting kids doesn’t teach them to behave. Almost all abusers have been abused themselves.
    Hitting a child and treating them like a possession is done because a parent has no idea how to discipline their child and to take out their anger on the kid. That way, after you’ve scared the hell out of him, you can go back to watching TV or whatever else he’s interrupted.

  67. If the Vikings say “we’re not comfortable to play Adrian amidst the conditions surrounding his case” I’ll be okay if they deactivate him again.

    After all, there were times where Brett Favre wasn’t supposed to play in 2010 and was listed as doubtful at least once and then he played.

    Vikings management and ownership, save yourself trouble. Your star already is in it and now you don’t need it.

  68. upnorthvikesfan says:
    Sep 16, 2014 7:42 PM

    natelan, AP did NOT admit guilt. He admitted to causing the injuries. He has said he did not intend to hurt the child. He did not admit to being guilty of abuse (intent) as so many keep saying.
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    You’re absolutely right. Shoving leaves down a 4 year old’s throat, threatening to slug him in the face, beating him among the legs and genitals and leaving open wounds isn’t abusive if you didn’t mean for it to be or you plead to a lesser charge. That being the case, the kid would have no right to scream or be terrified, because the fact that you weren’t found guilty of abuse changes the impact of what was done.

  69. Follow the MONEY people. The Vikings are not looking to do what is right. They will do whatever makes them the most MONEY and right now they are in damage control.
    NIKE OUT
    BUD OUT
    PETERSON OUT
    NO WAY HE PLAYS

  70. All you idiots want to be mad at someone? How about Goodell? He should have saved EVERYONE the trouble by having a black and white discipline policy and enforcing it immediately instead of all this team bullcrap! It’s not their fault and it never should have been their call!

  71. If this happened in 2009, Peterson would have fumbled the switch. I been a Vikings fan 1964, I’m done supporting this team with Peterson still on it. Spielman is a bigger moron and should be fired, saying Peterson is a good man . How many children does this piece of crap have running around on this earth? Vikings are waiting for due process, how much due process do you need with the photos and Peterson’s admitting to doing it. They can cease in building the new stadium until we the tax payers get due process.

  72. Normally you would tell the NFL to drop the shovel and stop digging their hole, but at this point I would say they might be so deep in they should just keep digging to the other side.

  73. Actually for those who care, this is less like a witchhunt and more like the old “Roman Holiday” in which those poor souls who were in fact guilty of something -were paraded in front of the people and the governor would forgoe the standard punishment and instead would let the assembled mob decide – they usually chose death and/or crucifixtion

  74. The new world: Everyone has phones and cameras and there is no real privacy. The Grand Jury at one time received all the evidence, pictures, interviews, everything. Nothing was leaked. Decisions reached were made based not on speculation, emotion, public opinion, photos, or hearsay. Somehow information leaked whether by public or private sources, was posted and shared with others, and how everyone is riding this huge emotional roller coaster. The media absolutely loves this as it makes them money and people like the Governor or Senators can stand up and say, “Peterson should be inactive until this is resolved” because who is going to say they are wrong? This is free advertising for anyone advocating Peterson must pay, and he must pay now. Governors and Senators and everyone should get a grip. Is what Adrian Peterson did to his son a bad thing? The answer is yes. Did he over do it? Yes. Does he feel bad? I would think so. Does anyone think he’ll do it again? Odds are, probably not. If he does do it again will he be banished from football, endorsement opportunities, lose friends, gain enemies, and have a crappy life? I would say yes. We are a very forgiving country and we give people second chances. In this country you are innocent until proven guilty. Let the evidence come out, let the process work it’s way to resolution. Let Adrian defend himself and explain the situation. Then after everything is settled and after a decision has been made let your opinions be known. Everyone deserves a fair and honest process when dealing with accusations, even a superstar running back.

  75. 2 times is a trend. Sorry, but this IS worse than Ray Rice. The NFL has acted before with the “2 times is a trend” profile, lest anyone forget about Big Ben. No video/pictures of it, but 6 week suspension based off of a “trend”. AP IS going to be suspended, only ? is how long!

  76. if they don’t, the NFL will prove just how much a joke that they really are, as if they have not proven it already, this is getting sicker and sadder by the hour if they choose winning football games over the moral fabric of one of their football players who is facing a serious criminal charge and indictment over beating his child too much with a switch which can be categorized and recognized as child abuse

  77. philipdebin says: Sep 16, 2014 6:17 PM

    This is getting ridiculous. It’s Adrian Peterson vs a 4 yr old. If he wanted to hurt the kid, the kid would be dead. I’m 6’4, 240 and I’m sure AP could kill me with his bare hands if he wanted to.
    The man made a dumb mistake, but he’s not a malicious monster like Ray Rice. Totally different.

    ————————————————————–

    This is getting ridiculous. It’s Ray Rice vs a woman. If he wanted to hurt the woman, the woman would be dead. I’m 6’4, 240 and I’m sure Ray could kill me with his bare hands if he wanted to.
    The man made a dumb mistake, but he’s not a malicious monster like Adrian Peterson. Totally different.

    Try applying some logic next time.

  78. can someone who knows minn laws tell me if a state legislator is under indictment but not yet convicted, how are they treated by the legislature? do they remain in their position until disposition of charges? if so, there shouldn’t be a higher standard for football players than public officials….

  79. upnorthvikesfan says:
    Sep 16, 2014 7:42 PM
    natelan, AP did NOT admit guilt. He admitted to causing the injuries. He has said he did not intend to hurt the child. He did not admit to being guilty of abuse (intent) as so many keep saying.
    ———————————————-
    By your logic he did admit GUILT.
    If you punch a man in the face in a bar fight and he dies from the injuries it is murder/manslaughter. So if you admit to punching him in the face you are admitting to murder/manslaughter. You can’t just admit to punching him but not the crime. They are one and the same.

  80. This is a public relations management teams dream! I can just see the gargantuant amount of money being fed to them and the lawyers as well. It’s a NFL feeding frenzy!

  81. Why would they change course?

    Jonathan Papplebon, a grown man, grabs his OWN crotch and is suspended for 7 games and fined a half million dollars by the Commissioner of Baseball

    Adrian Peterson whips the scrotum of a 4 year old until it bleeds, voluntarily takes a paid vacation day, and is then reinstated by the team.

    Commissioner of the NFL Roger Goodell sits by and does nothing

    (and to be fair, it’s not like Peterson filmed signals from the sidelines, which was legal through 2006, rather than the stands, where it remains legal today – THAT would have resulted in some prompt action!)

    #GoodRiddanceGoodell

  82. The Vikings have already done the wrong thing by reinstating this turd. I am sure they will now do the right thing since the governor and major sponsors are putting weight on them. Money talks, but child abusers shouldn’t walk!

  83. When I was a kid we had a willow tree on the farm. My brothers and I would make switches and after chores would run around playing a sort of tag, as you may, but only with one getting the tag by way of a swat. A summer thing, without shirts. Was great fun! Point is switches can be for fun. In the right hands.

  84. So glad those pictures got out so A) it will be really hard to give AP a fair trial. B) The media makes a ton of money C) lawyers make a lot of money D) Maybe it’s one step closer toward teams and the league becoming accountable and gooddell getting fire (oh wait, D is a good thing).

  85. BTW, what pieces of garbage the Wilf’s are. In the presser, Zimmer said it was an “ownership decision”. The Wilf’s send the GM out to tell press what they are doing so they don’t take any heat. Then, while the slings and arrows are fired and the debate rages, the Wilf’s hide away in their ivory tower, taking no accountability for their decision and leaving everyone else to take the blame. Spielman doesn’t get the blame on this- he’s just the messenger. The Wilf’s are nothing more than spineless weasels. True leaders would take responsibility for their decisions.

  86. After learning the details on the Adrian Peterson abuse (stuffed leaves in his 4 year old kids mouth and was wacking him so hard he hurt his scrotum) I will never watch an NFL game again until this guy is banned. Only a monster would do that to an innocent child.

  87. Peterson is evil.
    The vikings support evil.
    The NFL condones evil.

    Your voice must be heard by not watching the games on your cable box. Just take one Sunday to do something different.

    That will send notice to the sponsors of the NFL condoning evil, that the ratings are not as high as promised.

    Just do what you did a few weeks ago on Sunday instead of watching football. If just 5% of all households did that, the impact would be millions of dollars to the networks and NFL.

    Go without football this Sunday and things will begin to change.

  88. Adrian is not a terd. Just a young man who has a scewerd sense of discipline. If he’s the catalyst to get domestic abuse the attention it finally deserves so be it! Something good can come from something bad. Relax kiddies. Your Fantasy teams will recover.

  89. Brandon Marshall caught the winning TD the other night but everyone forgets he used his girlfriend as a punching bag, same with James Harrison. This will blow over. AD states he was just disciplining his child. 14 lashes on the bare bottom and scrotum of a child is excessive and disgusting. I have no idea what he thinks the child will learn from that except my father hates me. I’m sure though that he won’t be shoving another child off a toy again when Daddy Peterson is around. The fact the he talked to a counselor about how to discipline his children in a more constructive manner is good. He went way too far in his form of punishment and it was abusive. He is not however coming home drunk and beating the kid with bare fists because he doesn’t like the way the kid looked at him. He needs to repair his relationship with that child and it can be done. He will play on Sunday and the rest of the year. If he is found guilty in his trial, which is a big if, he will get probation. With the proper counseling he will learn to be a better parent. Do I agree with his parental style. No. Do I think he abused that child. Yes. Do I think he will continue the abuse. Honestly no because he has now learned other ways to deal out punishment. The Vikings did the right thing for him by getting him counseling and having him sit out Sunday. Now let the NFL deal with further punishment if needed based on his trial results. Oh to that guy from the Saints talking about their corrupt 09 tainted title. The Saints owe Pete Morelli and the rest of those refs a ring too because without their cheating on the Saints behalf the Vikings would have won. Hi/low hit on an int that shouldn’t have counted. Phantom PI. Stopped short on 4th and 1 and fumbled backwards but inexplicably given a first down anyway. Dropped pass called a catch. The latter 3 all being in OT and all wrong. The Saints were handed that win by the refs on a silver platter. When it comes out in a few years that Pete Morelli was a dirty payed off red and threw that game just like the NBA refs I will not be shocked at all because that’s how obvious the corruption in the big easy is, right Ray Nagen. Tainted title.

  90. Someday that 4 year old is going to be a man. Pretty sure I’ll be gone by then but my hope is that he gets to know and understand the why of his Father’s action, what he did to get better, and both of them have a wonderful relationship for the remainder of their years together.

    It’s too bad that many can only see if from their own selfish need point of view. Their is a lot of life beyond NFL football. Go get some before it’s too late!

  91. Adrian Peterson is not a monster. He disciplined his kid for beating up on another sibling! Do people really think putting that kid in a timeout would have shown him right vs. Wrong!? People these days are so soft no wonder kids walk around not respecting anyone its because of people who view dicipline as a bad thing when its actually a good thing it teaches them respect. (Give it to earn it) You show the kid what it’s like and he learns from his mistakes. Did he maybe go a little overboard yes but who doesn’t. Like Adrian said he is not a perfect father and everyone makes mistakes people are ragging on him because he is a professional athlete but people if this was anyone else we would never hear about it. It just frustrates me that everyone says ban him for life and throw him in jail for “beating” his kid when he did no such thing he diciplined his son the way he thought he should be. No punches were thrown and he didn’t strangle him he smacked him on the bottom with a stick! Is the kid going to be sore more than likely but in immediate danger no just some cuts and bruises those heal get over it people if you think he is a monster then you are no better the media yourself always blowing things out of proportion to get a story.

  92. Where have all you people been? I lost respect for AP when he compared his working for the NFL to slavery. Great player–person, not so much.

  93. I don’t believe Peterson is evil, but I do think he’ll be suspended or at least deactivated for a while, which is probably deserved. If Minnesota is too liberal to stand having him there are plenty of red states out there who won’t mind having them on their team. But I still hope there’s a huge shake up in the NFL front office, at this point anything less will just be a waste of everyone’s time.

  94. I’m not going to comment on his innocence or guilt but I do want to know one thing: If they don’t play AP and the Saints win will Vikings fans insist on an asterisk by the W?

  95. Packer fans must have forgotten about a guy named Mark Chumura ,oh by the way he is in their hall of fame

  96. As I’ve said in a post to a previous story, They probably will change course, but not necessarily because they agree with the public opinion. They will not play Peterson or have him even travel with the team because they will be concerned for his safety as well as those of their other employees. Since this site and so many posters on it, want him suspended/cut, or worse they will claim victory.
    The moral of the story…..
    Screw on of the principles the country was founded on and developed over 200+ years. If you don’t like something or someone’s belief/opinion is different than yours, just use your influence to present just part of the story, work enough people up into a frenzy so that reasonable people back down to avoid the pitchforks. We win! Finally wisdom prevails! Yeah, maybe something actually changes for the better, but we can’t wait for that, We need our pound of flesh now!
    Then, when the whole truth comes out and, maybe, it turns out someone used bad judgment and made a mistake and is not the “animal” or “monster” we made him out to be, we’ll post a story, say “Ooops.”

  97. Has anyone here seen all the evidence? The Vikings have seen the file of evidence and have decided that he should be able to play. That to me says alot. After the ray rice incident they wouldn’t let Ap play if they knew he is this monster everyone has made him out to be. Hold your judgement until he gets his day in court.

  98. “What’s your point? He’s already admitted to shoving leaves in the kids mouth and beating him up and down his legs and genitals leaving open wounds. There are pictures of it.”

    The only problem with this statement is basically the whole thing. Don’t put words in his mouth.
    He admitted using a switch to discipline his child (using corporal punishment which I believe is legal in TX and btw I disagree with) and unintentionally caused injury. The rest is what has been presented by the media as being statements by others. He may be guilty of bad judgment or God forbid abuse. That’s for the courts to decide. Not any of us.

  99. “Don’t be surprised if Vikings change course on Peterson”

    Surprised? Of course not – Goodell has already shown that today’s NFL is eager to bend to every political breeze. Why have a commissioner, league policy or team rules when Al Franken, Gavin Newsome and other politicians can issue press releases to tell us all what to do?

  100. pathetic…..the emotional abuse most parents levy on their children today is far more scarring than anything Peterson did.

    guy has the right to discipline his own kids. if he really wanted to “abuse” them he’d had used his fists not a tree branch

    we live in a lynch mob society

  101. First and foremost, as a Viking fan, I’d really like for everyone to stop saying all Viking fans are supportive of AD. Personally, I’d like to see the Vikings release him. Tomorrow. And if you listen to MN sports radio, that is the majority of what is being said. I am tired of the Vikings clinging on to these clouds that always seem to be over our heads. He screwed up. He admitted he screwed up. Everyone move on. Instead, the Vikings are going to have this cloud over our heads until this gets through the “due process” and probably considerably longer.

    On a separate note… I now find the call that AD made to Jerry Jones in June very interesting. The timing is extremely coincidental. Weeks after the incident in TX, but before it becomes public, AD is calling Jerry Jones… The owner of the Cowboys. All that talk about Jerry saying, “just talking pig Latin here.” What did they really talk about? Why did AD reach out to Jerry Jones then? Did AD “hypothetically” tell Jones what happened and seek Jerry’s advice and/or support in that “hypothetical” situation. Why didn’t the Vikings even mention looking into possible tampering issues? Why was the NFL league office so quiet about the leagues 2012 MVP talking “pig Latin” about playing for the Cowboys even though he was under contract? Maybe that wasn’t what the conversation was about at all and the NFL knew it? This whole thing stinks on so many levels. Kids getting injured by their parents is ridiculous. The way this is all going down is just ludicrous.

  102. this is all finacial. Vikings suspend him the Vikes still has to pay AP..BUT IF THE nfl steps in well guess who dont get no money homie…Only reason Vikes activated him…Cowboy 2015

  103. The only way to get through to these stupid athletes is to spank them monetarily. Take away their career and they start to sing a different tune. It is amazing how that works.

  104. What AP did was wrong and he has to face the consequences. Just because it happened to him as a child is no excuse. The child was 4 years old.

    He should not play until this is settled.

  105. I wonder if most of you excusing his behavior are aware of exactly what he is being accused of?

    The hitting the child with a switch you can make a case that is just ‘good old fashioned’ discipline.

    The thing that really bothers me is how he shoved leaves into the child’s mouth and told him that if he ever told anyone he would punch him.

    If that last bit doesn’t disturb you then I don’t know what to say. Shoving leaves in a child’s mouth can be classified in no other way than abusive behavior. Adrian Peterson obviously knows this or he would not threaten the child with additional ‘discipline’ for telling someone about what has happened.

    Never once in my life did my parents threaten me not to tell anyone about how bad my ass was spanked. One time I even put toilet paper in my pants to soften the spanking I knew I was getting. It worked because my parents got such a laugh out of it they forget whatever I had done to piss them off.

    I doubt there is anything lil 4 year old Adrian Jr. could have done to get his father to crack a smile and stop beating him.

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