Adrian Peterson Deactivated Again; Out Indefinitely Pending Legal Resolution

by Michael Drahota | Posted on Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 | 0


The Minnesota Vikings understandably garnered a generous amount of heat earlier this week (Mon., September 15, 2014) when they reinstated star running back Adrian Peterson after deactivating him for Week 2 in the wake of his indictment by a Texas grand jury for child abuse charges.

The team stated that they simply wanted to let the legal process run its course before they passed judgment on Peterson, but with “AP” admitting that he did what he was accused of and the NFL under more fire than it ever has been for domestic violence, it was seen as a cold act by a team who desperately needed its star to win.

But when the Minnesota Governor made a public outcry that the Vikings’ decision had embarrassed the entire state, the team decided to change its tune. Peterson has been placed on the Exempt/Commissioner’s Permission List, a rarely used outlet that will keep him away from team activities until his legal matters are cleared up.

Team owners Zygi and Mark Wilf released the following statement on the matter (courtesy of Sean K. Jensen):

“This has been an ongoing and deliberate process since last Friday’s news. In conversations with the NFL over the last two days, the Vikings advised the League of the team’s decision to revisit the situation regarding Adrian Peterson. In response, the League informed the team of the option to place Adrian on the Exempt/Commissioner’s Permission list, which will require that Adrian remain away from all team activities while allowing him to take care of his personal situation until the legal proceedings are resolved. After giving the situation additional thought, we have decided this is the appropriate course of action for the organization and for Adrian.

We are always focused on trying to make the right decision as an organization. We embrace our role – and the responsibilities that go with it – as a leader in the community, as a business partner and as an organization that can build bridges with our fans and positively impact this great region. We appreciate and value the input we have received from our fans, our partners and the community.

While we were trying to make a balanced decision yesterday, after further reflection we have concluded that this resolution is best for the Vikings and for Adrian. We want to be clear: we have a strong stance regarding the protection and welfare of children, and we want to be sure we get this right. At the same time we want to express our support for Adrian and acknowledge his seven-plus years of outstanding commitment to this organization and this community. Adrian emphasized his desire to avoid further distraction to his teammates and coaches while focusing on his current situation; this resolution accomplishes these objectives as well. 

We will support Adrian during this legal and personal process, but we firmly believe and realize this is the right decision. We hope that all of our fans can respect the process that we have gone through to reach this final decision.”

Apparently Peterson was approached with the option to stay suspended until with pay until his legal matters are resolved and accepted. He will be paid in full for each week he misses, and his next court hearing is scheduled for October 8. The NFLPA quickly followed suit, releasing their own statement (via Darren Rovell):

Peterson’s agent Ben Dogra commented on the situation, declaring the process a ‘best case scenario’ based on the unfortunate set of circumstances:

“This is the best possible outcome given the circumstances. Adrian understands the gravity of the situation and this enables him to take care of his personal situation. We fully support Adrian and he looks forward to watching his teammates and coaches being successful during his absence.”

So Peterson is out until further notice, a finding that many thought should have been implemented in the first place. The Vikings scheduled a press conference for 12 p.m. ET today to further discuss the details on this ongoing media saga.

After a statement by Zygi Wilf, Mark Wilf declared that the decision to suspend Peterson was not made based on financial aspects only:  

But with Radisson Hotels suspending their sponsorship of the Vikings, Budweiser expressing extreme “disappointment” at the matter, and Nike removing all Peterson merchandise from Minnesota store shelves, it’s tough to believe that sponsorship dollars didn’t play a big part in this decision.

Either way, Peterson is gone from the team, and many believe that he has played his last down as a Minnesota Viking.

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Both an avid NFL fan and analyst, I’ve been following professional football since the late 1980s. I’m also an avid fantasy football player with several league victories under my belt. Check out my NFL articles on TSM for the latest NFL news, highlights, predictions, and more.

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