According to BOSS Sports, the Minnesota Vikings have decided to deactivate running back, Adrian Peterson, until his legal issues are resolved. This decision comes after the the NFL team had reactivated him less than 48 hours earlier.
Peterson has been placed on the Exempt/Commissioner’s Permission list, essentially meaning he is not allowed to participate in any team activities, including games and practices, until the legal proceedings of his case are resolved. He has been indicted on charges of “reckless or negligent injury to a child” last week after bruises were left on his son.
The owners of the Minnesota Vikings released this statement:
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. – Zygi Wilf and Mark Wilf