I’m imagining a room in which three monkeys sit around a circle, staring quizzically at the oblong object – a football, to humans… mom, to cows – that they’ve spent the last 10 minutes trying to fuck. That’s the Minnesota Vikings. Their 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. – Zygi Wilf and Mark Wilf
We firmly believe and realize this is the right decision… until we change our minds again because we have no idea what we’re doing and, at this point, we’re just completely reacting to public pressure, and we’re trying to find the delicate balance between angering the general public and pissing off our numbskull fans, whose reaction to our latest reaction can be found after the jump.
The Vikings forgot to turn off Facebook comments on their statement, all sic’d, of course:
Fucking pussies, caving to PR pressure. Grow a set of balls. Wilf brothers have two empty sacks. Not a ball to be found.
I’m a life long Vikings fan and I’m sorry to say that the Minnesota Vikings management and owners are a bunch of pussies andpussies I am asking all season ticket holders to boycott the next home game show them who pays the bills. Give Adrian his due. Yes been convicted of nothing . Except threw the media.
Social media fueled mob justice gets what they want because we are a nation of shallow thinking sheep.
wow well america is truly dead thank you all your socialist fuckers.
Gutless! Like this is going to magically make his child all better! How stupid are you people? The mob rules…
Grew up worse than this kid…Came out stronger than most thought I would…feel sorry that he got over disciplined but I’m not one to judge someone else’s parenting…i’ll leave that to the man upstairs…He without sin cast the first stone…
This decision actually punishes the long suffering fans of the Minnesota Vikings. Many of us have adopted the mantra, just one before I die! Well, this decision removes all hope for this year. We have seem the offense without AP and it is lacking!
This Adrian Peterson topic has garnered a lot of attention, as it well should in regards to any possible child abuse. As a new parent, I have made the decision to not use a switch or a belt to punish my kid(s), but I am neither for or against it.
Let Peterson play most of the haters aren’t even Vikings fans.
WRONG DECISION! I was proud of you guys when you finally stood by Adrian, and not the Right Wing Liberal media…but now you’ve buckled to them, and the “almighty dollar”. PITIFUL! And being a Pastor, I can tell you, From GOD’S POINT of VIEW, you are doing the WRONG THING!