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.