change mind, suspend Adrian Peterson
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[September 17, 2014]
Sep 17 (Reuters) - The Minnesota
Vikings have placed star running back Adrian Peterson on the NFL exempt
list, suspending him from all team activities until his child-abuse case
is resolved, the franchise said on Wednesday.
The Vikings, who initially reactivated Peterson for week three of
the NFL, had a change of heart after reconsidering their position in
the domestic violence scandal.
"After giving the situation additional thought, we have decided this
is the appropriate course of action for the organization and for
Adrian," Vikings owners Zygi Wilf and Mark Wilf said in a team news
"We are always focused on trying to make the right decision as an
"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."
Peterson faces court in Texas for reckless or negligent injury to a
child, coming from a whipping incident that reportedly left bruises
and wounds on his four-year-old son.
Peterson was deactivated for last Sunday's 30-7 loss to the New
England Patriots but was set to return this Sunday against the New
The Vikings are now concerned about due process with legal
proceedings and after talks with the NFL, the ownership made an
"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," the statement said.
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"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."
(Reporting by Ben Everill in Los Angeles; editing by Amlan
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