Minnesota Vikings Reinstate Running Back Adrian Peterson
Less than a week after deactivating their best player in lieu of an off-the-field circus, the Minnesota Vikings have already brought him back. Star running back Adrian Peterson will rejoin the Minnesota Vikings and could even play in week three after being reinstated by the team on Monday.
Peterson has been the subject of child abuse allegations since Friday, which accuses him of beating his four-year old son with a tree branch or “switch” to the point of causing visible scarring.
Peterson has already admitted he may have gone too far in texts to his son’s mother, but hasn’t given an official word on an indictment in Texas.
With this potentially being a long and drawn out ordeal, the Vikings sat Peterson out last week to give themselves time to discuss and consider all options, and concluded that Peterson should not be kept away from the team any longer. The team regarded Peterson’s week two absence as “due process”, and have opted to return their best player to the active roster.
While some may sneer at Peterson being reinstated so quickly, the Vikings could either be siding with him or simply realizing they should get something out of their best player until a suspension is actually needed. At this point in the investigation, Peterson has not been convicted and would not yet be subject to the NFL’s domestic abuse policy. The league has stated that abuse towards minors could be treated differently, but has so far been quiet on Peterson’s situation.
This appears to be an interesting case, as Peterson is a widely respected player and one of the league’s biggest stars. More specifically, he’s been known as a good father and hasn’t had any abuse issues in the past. While there really isn’t any excuse for the abuse handed to his son, it’s entirely possible Peterson simply took his parenting a bit too far.
That won’t be enough to keep him from an inevitable suspension, however. Regardless of which corner you stand in, drawing blood on a child constitutes as a variation of abuse, and Peterson deserves some type of punishment, even if it’s considered to be minor. Whether that punishment comes down from the league, the Vikings, or both, however, remains to be determined.
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