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Vikings Place Peterson on Exempt List

Vikings Place Peterson on Exempt List

Tom Dahlin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Minnesota Vikings have announced that Adrian Peterson has been placed on the NFL’s Exempt/Commissioner’s Permission list and will not play this Sunday.

The decision comes after the team announced earlier this week that it was reinstating him while the legal process involving charges of child abuse against the running back proceeded.

The Vikings now say Peterson will not be allowed to participate in any team activities until his legal matters are behind him.

The Vikings issued the following statement:

“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.”

The statement continues: “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.”

The statement is signed by team owners Zygi Wilf and Mark Wilf.

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Vikings Place Peterson on Exempt List

Vikings Place Peterson on Exempt List

Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Minnesota Vikings have announced that Adrian Peterson has been placed on the NFL’s Exempt/Commissioner’s Permission list and will not play this Sunday.

The decision comes after the team announced earlier this week that it was reinstating him while the legal process involving charges of child abuse against the running back proceeded.

The Vikings now say Peterson will not be allowed to participate in any team activities until his legal matters are behind him.

The Vikings issued the following statement:

“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.”

The statement continues: “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.”

The statement is signed by team owners Zygi Wilf and Mark Wilf.

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Adrian Peterson Sorry for the ‘Hurt’ He Brought to His Son

Adrian Peterson Sorry for the ‘Hurt’ He Brought to His Son

Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) — Adrian Peterson said Monday that he wants the public to “understand how sorry I feel about the hurt I have brought to my child.”

Peterson, the Minnesota Vikings running back who was deactivated for Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots after being charged with child abuse for allegedly disciplining his son with a switch, made his first public statement on the issue Monday.

“I am not a perfect son. I am not a perfect husband. I am not a perfect parent, but I am, without a doubt, not a child abuser,” he said in a statement released through his agent and posted on social media Monday.

“I never imagined being in a position where the world is judging my parenting skills or calling me a child abuser because of the discipline I administered to my son,” Peterson said.

The incident occurred at his home in Texas this May but was not known publicly until Friday, when he was indicted. He allegedly hit his 4-year-old son with a thin branch, and the incident was reported by a doctor who was concerned about how much the boy was bleeding.

“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,” Peterson said in the statement. “I know that many people disagree with the way I disciplined my child. I also understand after meeting with a psychologist that there are other alternative ways of disciplining a child that may be more appropriate.”

Peterson has never spoken publicly about the ways in which he was disciplined as a child, but alluded to having received similar punishments as a child. He said in his statement, “I have always believed that the way my parents disciplined me has a great deal to do with the success I have enjoyed as a man.”

The Vikings deactivated the star running back for last week’s game but announced Monday that he will be reinstated this week. His next hearing is on Wednesday and he has not yet entered a plea.

Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said the team met with Peterson and his lawyers several times before allowing him to return to the team this week.

“This is a difficult path to navigate…on how a parent disciplines their child,” Spielman said. He added, “We believe he deserves to play while the legal process plays out.”

Spielman declined to say whether Peterson’s actions were child abuse. 

“We must defer to the legal system to determine if he went too far, but we cannot make that judgment,” he said.

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Vikings Running Back Peterson Indicted, Deactivated

Vikings Running Back Peterson Indicted, Deactivated

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been indicted by a Montgomery County, Texas grand jury on charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child. A warrant has been issued for Peterson’s arrest and he will reportedly turn himself in.

Peterson is accused of using a switch, a flexible tree branch used to swat a child across the backside, on his four-year-old son last May. When the child returned to Minnesota, his mother took him to a doctor where multiple lacerations, cuts, and bruises where found across his thighs, buttocks, and hands.

A police report says the son told doctors his father hit him with a branch from a tree. It also quotes one doctor as saying the wounds were “child abuse” while another deemed the cuts “excessive”.

The Vikings released a statement early Friday evening saying they were in the process of gathering information regarding the All-Pro’s legal situation. Minnesota has since deactived the running back for Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots. 

“This indictment follows Adrian’s full cooperation with authorities who have been looking into this matter.  Adrian is a loving father who used his judgment as a parent to discipline his son,” said his attorney, Rusty Hardin, in a statement. “He has cooperated fully with authorities and voluntarily testified before the grand jury for several hours.  Adrian will address the charges with the same respect and responsiveness he has brought to this inquiry from its beginning.  It is important to remember that Adrian never intended to harm his son and deeply regrets the unintentional injury.”

Peterson is in his eighth season in the NFL, all with Minnesota, amassing more than 10,000 yards in his career.

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Adrian Peterson Excited about the Vikings Offense

Adrian Peterson Excited about the Vikings Offense

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Running back Adrian Peterson has been carrying the Minnesota Vikings offense for years, but now he’s excited to see how the rest of the team’s playmakers have developed heading into the 2014 season.
“This is g…

Adrian Peterson Supports Pay for Play

Adrian Peterson Supports Pay for Play

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson believes the NCAA should pay college athletes.
Peterson spoke during a conference call on Wednesday and said that players like former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny M…

Ravens Edge Vikings On Late Touchdown

Ravens Edge Vikings On Late Touchdown

Rob Carr/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) — A little bit of snow was not going to stop these two teams.
Marlon Brown hauled in a touchdown pass from Joe Flacco with four seconds remaining as the Baltimore Ravens rallied to defeat the Minnesota Vikings 29-26 on…

Minnesota Stuns Chicago in Overtime Win

Minnesota Stuns Chicago in Overtime Win

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.) — Blair Walsh made a 34-yard field goal with 1:43 remaining in overtime to give the Vikings a 23-20 win over division rival Chicago on Sunday. The win puts Minnesota at 3-8-1 while dropping the Bears to 6-6 …

Vikings Get Past Redskins, 34-27 on “Thursday Night Football”

Vikings Get Past Redskins, 34-27 on “Thursday Night Football”

Tom Dahlin/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) — If the Washington Redskins hope they make it back to the playoffs this season, they now face a steep uphill battle after their 34-27 loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday.
Adrian Peterson led the way for the …

Giants Earn First Victory with 23-7 Triumph Over Vikings

Giants Earn First Victory with 23-7 Triumph Over Vikings

Rob Tringali/SportsChrome/Getty Images(EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J) —  The New York Giants are victorious at last.
Eli Manning threw for 200 yards and a touchdown, newly signed running back Peyton Hillis rushed for 36 yards and a touchdown and the Giant…

Adrian Peterson’s Two-Year-Old Son has Died

Adrian Peterson’s Two-Year-Old Son has Died

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson’s two-year-old son died Friday in South Dakota after suffering injuries due to an alleged assault, according to Sioux Falls police.
Peterson’s father, Nelson Peterson, …

Browns Upset the Vikings In Minnesota, 31-27

Browns Upset the Vikings In Minnesota, 31-27

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) — If you thought the Cleveland Browns were giving up on their season, you thought wrong as they upset the Vikings 31-27 on Sunday.
Earlier in the week, the Browns traded away running back Trent Richardson, who …

Cutler Throws Game-Winning TD with 10 Seconds Left to Down Vikings

Cutler Throws Game-Winning TD with 10 Seconds Left to Down Vikings

Tom Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images(CHICAGO) — With 3:15 left in the fourth quarter and the Bears down six, Jay Cutler led Chicago on a 10-play 66-yard drive that ended with a 16-yard touchdown pass to Martellus Bennet with 10 seconds left in th…

Vikings’ Adrian Peterson Takes PED Accusations as a Compliment

Vikings’ Adrian Peterson Takes PED Accusations as a Compliment

Scott Halleran/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — After the incredible 2012 season Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson had, some have thrown PED allegations his way. Peterson takes those accusations as a compliment.”Guys say that to me, or if I hear …

Peterson Aiming at All-Time Rushing Record

Peterson Aiming at All-Time Rushing Record

Scott Halleran/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has his eye set on the all-time rushing record. 
Peterson fell just eight yards shy of Eric Dickerson’s single-season rushing record last season, but has set a…

Vikings’ Adrian Peterson Says NFL Players are Using HGH

Vikings’ Adrian Peterson Says NFL Players are Using HGH

Scott Halleran/Getty Images(MANKATO, Minn.) — When Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson made a speedy recovery from a torn ACL, there were whispers he used HGH to help heal faster. Peterson denied any HGH use, but says players in the NFL ind…

Adrian Peterson: ‘I’m Feeling Great’

Adrian Peterson: ‘I’m Feeling Great’

Scott Halleran/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was back on the field Wednesday participating in OTA’s.
“You know, me knowing my body I’d like to be a little stronger in some areas. But I’m feeling great,” Peters…

Adrian Peterson Wants to Shatter Rushing Record

Adrian Peterson Wants to Shatter Rushing Record

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — In a recent interview with Sports Illustrated, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson said he feels he can shatter the all-time rushing record. He told the magazine that he’s got a goal set at 2,500 yards, which would…

Barry Sanders Wins “Madden NFL 25″ Cover Vote

Barry Sanders Wins “Madden NFL 25″ Cover Vote

Matthew Stockman/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders will be on the cover of Madden NFL 25 after he beat out Vikings running back Adrian Peterson in a nationwide vote.
Sanders took home 58 percent of the more than 700,00 v…

Report: Vikings Trade Harvin To Seahawks

Report: Vikings Trade Harvin To Seahawks

Larry French/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) — The Minnesota Vikings are set to deal wide receiver Percy Harvin to the Seattle Seahawks for a 2013 first-round pick, according to ESPN.  The Seahawks own the 25th overall selection in this April’s N…

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