Breaking: Adrian Peterson Reinstated, Will Play In Week 3 Game Against New Orleans

by Michael Drahota | Posted on Monday, September 15th, 2014 | 0

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Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson was shockingly indicted by a Texas grand jury for reckless or negligent injury for a child last Friday (September 12, 2014).

Disturbing details arose about Peterson allegedly beating his son with a switch to the point of bodily injury, and the Vikings were quick to declare him inactive for the team’s Week 2 loss to the New England Patriots in a very sensitive time concerning violence in the NFL.

Today (September 15, 2014), however, the Vikings have reinstated Peterson in order to let the legal process play out. The running back will fully participate in all practices and play against the New Orleans Saints this weekend.

Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf released the following statement via

“Today’s decision was made after significant thought, discussion and consideration. 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.”

The team may want the legal process conclude before they hand down any punishment of their own to Peterson, but in this instance, he has already testified, turned himself in, and been indicted by a grand jury. He’s of course due his day in court like everyone is, but he’s fully admitted to committing the act in question.

For his part, Peterson issued this statement today, apologizing for what he has done and offering the belief that he is not a child abuser:

”I have to live with the fact that when I disciplined my son the way I was disciplined as a child, I caused an injury that I never intended or thought would happen. Without a doubt I am not a child abuser.”

Allowing Peterson to play while the court determines his fate in terms of legal recourse will obviously help the Vikings win in the short term, but it will also garner a ton of heat for the team in the wake of last week’s Ray Rice domestic violence scandal.

Peterson will most likely receive a lengthy suspension from the NFL under its personal conduct policy, but the Vikings aren’t going to give him one, at least for now.

Did the team handle this situation well, or are they so desperate to win that they let a star get away with too much?

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