Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, in New York to seek reinstatement from the NFL, says he’s looking for a fresh start.
Peterson told Josina Anderson of ESPN that he thinks he’s ready to move on with his career.
“I am anxious to start a new chapter and get on with the rest of my life,” Peterson said, adding that he’s eager to share what he and his family went through while he was out of football last year.
Peterson didn’t specifically say that he wants his new chapter to be somewhere other than Minnesota, and he hasn’t said publicly that he wants to leave. But statements from Peterson’s agent, as well as multiple media reports, have indicated that he wants to go elsewhere because he thinks the Vikings weren’t supportive enough when he was placed on the commissioner’s exempt list last year after he was indicted for abusing his son.
Before Peterson can play anywhere, his meeting at the league office today is an attempt to convince Commissioner Roger Goodell that he should be reinstated. Goodell has indicated that he wants to hear both that Peterson feels remorse for what he did to his son and that Peterson has taken steps to ensure that he’s a better father in the future. Only after that will the NFL be convinced that he’s ready to start a new chapter.