Peterson’s lawyer addresses claims relating to foundation

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On Monday, Adrian Peteron’s All Day Foundation contacted PFT to address certain allegations made in a story of financial mismanagement and other assorted sordidness from the Minneapolis Star Tribune.  On Tuesday, Peterson’s lawyer addressed those issues as well.

“Adrian did not have a foundation credit card and did not use the foundation’s funds for personal expenses,” lawyer Rusty Hardin said in a statement.  “There is no question that prior to 2011, issues existed with the administration of Adrian’s foundation.  When this was brought to his attention, Adrian made changes to the organization and brought in new leadership.

“Since that time, Adrian and his foundation have given more than $1.4 million to many worthy causes, including many to organizations that benefit children.  Importantly, Adrian has seen fit to contribute over $1 million of his own funds to this charitable work.  Adrian and his family are understandably proud of the foundation and the good work that it has done and continues to do.

“We are in the unfortunate position that today, like so many other days, there are more stories about Adrian, fueled by nothing more than his fame.  Given the multitude of allegations that inevitably flow against a public figure, we will no longer try to respond to each and every new unfounded charge.  We will simply hold our comments for the trial that Adrian is entitled to in a forum that has rules and requirements of proof.”

Unfortunately for Peterson and Hardin, the Star Tribune report — despite its flaws — has plenty of influence in the court of public opinion, where the rules and requirements of proof are there are none.  In that courtroom, anyone who has seen the photos of the marks on Peterson’s son already has rendered a verdict that will make it hard for Peterson to be embraced by a fan base the way he had been beloved in Minnesota.

33 responses to “Peterson’s lawyer addresses claims relating to foundation

  1. I’m not sure what to believe. I do think people are piling on and starting to buy whatever negative new thing come out about Peterson. But there are some really sketchy things that his organization has done.

    He’s not on trial for that part, but this hurts him some for the child abuse trial he about to face.

  2. I don’t believe a word that comes out of anyone’s mouth that is remotely connected to the Minnesota Vikings. Look at the cast of characters involved:

    Rusty Hardin
    Zygi
    Zimmer (said Ponder was gonna play last week)
    Adrian Beaterson
    Rick Spielman

    Am I forgetting anybody?

    All a bunch of liars and/or criminals.

    Skol.

  3. I think the wrongs that he’s actually done, we’ve already seen the evidence of. By all accounts, he’s a stand up guy otherwise.

    He does have a lot of kids that he’s left behind with single mothers…….but that’s all his personal life and his own business. Not for us to judge.

  4. Sadly all this charity and donations will be overshadowed by the abuse scandal. Also the foundation paints a bad light on AP. He made the changes as reported after he heard the allegations so there.

  5. Seems like we’ve moved well beyond the issues of his legal proceeding, and into the realm of character assassination. We all know at this point that the media will say and do anything to create stories and “buzz.”

  6. saundman2000 says: Oct 7, 2014 4:55 PM

    I think the wrongs that he’s actually done, we’ve already seen the evidence of. By all accounts, he’s a stand up guy otherwise.

    He does have a lot of kids that he’s left behind with single mothers…….but that’s all his personal life and his own business. Not for us to judge.

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    Nah. We’re free to judge, and we will. If he didn’t want to be judged, he shouldn’t have acted out like a depraved child abuser and sex addict.

  7. Where is the POET???

    Want to hear his opinion about the cornerstone of the NFL’s future dynasty,,the best coached , QB’d , and managed team in NFL history.

  8. AP is free to have as much sex with as many women as AP chooses. Can you imagine the opportunity of having sex with any number of super fine women he has access to at any time he chooses?

    Get over your jealousy hater’s….U know you wish you had AP’s woman options!

  9. The Star Tribune article was a total farce where they didn’t even leave room for public comment. The local TV news didn’t even air it. It was a hit job by 3 reporters who couldn’t even get their facts right. They went all the way back to Peterson driving a car for a month which he might not have been able to afford. They repeated over and over he has many kids and different mothers like that’s a crime. They claim allegations of rape without any kind of proof. The closest is Peterson was having sex with a woman which made another woman mad. TMZ has more integrity than the Star Tribune.

  10. “……… already has rendered a verdict that will make it hard for Peterson to be embraced by a fan base the way he had been beloved in Minnesota.”……… like it did for Ray Lewis in Baltimore huh?

  11. Skawh I feel where you’re coming from but some of the chicks AP smashed were on our level man. I agree he is free to have as much sex as he’d like but strap it up and stop having kids. Too many boys without fathers in the world already.

    Also the MN media should be ashamed of themselves, when he was the biggest name in town all you hear about is his firm handshake, now they want to start with this mess.

  12. First of all, if the Poet isn’t a Packer fan he’s in a bad place now, let’s give him some room.

    Second does anyone else see the humor in Packer fans handing out the pitchforks and torches (regarding Peterson).

    Third, is having an active libido now a bad thing?

    Fourth, if Peterson performs an act of contrition I say we welcome him back to the fold.

    Fifth, let he who is without sin cast the first stone.

  13. “Adrian did not have a foundation credit card and did not use the foundation’s funds for personal expenses,” lawyer Rusty Hardin said in a statement.

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    Yeah, but did anybody else who was associated with the foundation and attending the “party?”

  14. Where was the Star’s big story and reporting of this in 2011 when the financial wrongdoing of the corporation was apparently at its zenith? Oh, yeah, that’s right, Peterson was popular at that time, so they couldn’t go after him then. Wouldn’t be good for their business. Instead, they took to oh-so-brave path of going after the guy when he’s in the midst of national ostracization–all under the guise of commitment to integrity, dedication to community, etc. Nice job, press.

  15. Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Oct 7, 2014 5:55 PM

    Yeah, but did anybody else who was associated with the foundation and attending the “party?”
    ______

    Of course. His then-fiancé’s brother had one. So nice that her own brother could help Adrian with a sex party. Where do these people come from?

  16. I think a nice law suit against the Star Tribune would help squelch their inaccurate over zealous reporting!

  17. Cant wait for AD to sue the star tribune and pfffft and their sorry “writers” for all their worth!

    And yes, he is and will remain on the Vikings.

  18. Who was their source? Do they have the accounting data from the foundation that shows an irregularity. Or are they taking liberties with this guy’s already damaged reputation in the hopes of buying credibility for their publication. Hopefully AP will take this time to get his personal life in order, reflect, and rebuild his career and reputation.

  19. Defamation! Clap, clap, clap, clap
    Defamation! Clap, clap, clap, clap
    Defamation! Clap, clap, clap, clap

    No apology from the star yet, just disgusts me.

    I am curious about the people judging him on his sexual transgressions and number of kids. How many women/men have each of you hit on, slept with, or wish you had slept with??

    How many people out there are on welfare right now with 5-6 kids, at least All Day can and does support his kids.

  20. What a collection of judgmental hypocrites. These same fans ripping his character will be glued to the TV the first time he is back on the field and screaming like little girls when he snaps off an 85 yard TD run. He doesn’t need to be a boy scout troop leader or your son in law. You just want him carrying the ball and running over the latest version of Al Harris. Too damn funny!

  21. doggeatdogg says: Oct 7, 2014 7:35 PM

    Who was their source? Do they have the accounting data from the foundation that shows an irregularity. Or are they taking liberties with this guy’s already damaged reputation in the hopes of buying credibility for their publication. Hopefully AP will take this time to get his personal life in order, reflect, and rebuild his career and reputation.
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    The front page story was a disaster. The only people talking about it, is the very same Star Tribune trying to conducted as an interview via video where the guy tones down his whole witch-hunt. He also admits that the charity problems were from who was running years ago, before Adrian cleaned house in 2011 when he first heard of them.

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    leagueobservr says: Oct 7, 2014 7:59 PM

    Chris Kluwe demands an explanation! 😀
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    The ironic thing about that is in an interview with the Huffington Post, former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe called Peterson “one of the most down-to-earth superstars I have ever met.

  22. “Since that time, Adrian and his foundation have given more than $1.4 million to many worthy causes, including many to organizations that benefit children.

    Yeah, then he turns around and beats the hell out of a 4YEAR OLD WITH A STICK!

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