Adrian Peterson Deactivated, Banned From All Team Activities
Adrian Peterson has officially been placed on the Exempt/Commissioner’s Permission list which means the Minnesota Vikings player can not participate in any team activities during his child-abuse case.
Peterson was indicted last week after injuring his 4-year-old son by spanking him with a tree branch back in May. The Vikings made their decision to deactivate their star player early Wednesday morning. The team’s owners Zygi Wilf and Mark Wilf released 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.
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.”
Just before the statement was released, Peterson, whose arraignment is scheduled for October 8, posted this quote on Twitter:
If Adrian is found guilty, the 29-year-old could face up two years in prison and a $10,000 fine.