The Adrian Peterson saga continues to roll on with no perceivable end in sight for the sheer amount of quotes and rumors about the future of the Minnesota Vikings running back.
In the past day alone, we have seen so called NFL experts calling a Peterson trade unlikely, the Cowboys reportedly not making any calls to the Vikings about a move, and the Falcons GM saying they're not interested either.
But just because recent quotes are downplaying a trade, it doesn't mean that the hype train won't ramp up again heading into the draft later this week. All of these rumors, talks and holdouts have annoyed some people however.
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Hard Done By
Chris Kluwe, one of Peterson’s always-outspoken former teammates, says that Peterson feels very hard done by the Vikings for the way they stuck him on the Commissioner's Exempt List straight away instead of letting him fight to clear his name while still playing.
“[Peterson] also feels that he’s been treated kind of unfairly, which I can see from a player’s perspective,” Kluwe said, according to the Pioneer Press. “You think that the organization has your back. You think that these people have your back and then you get hung out to dry.
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AP Called Out
While Kluwe backed Peterson in his opening comments, he didn't hesitate to add that the former Pro Bowler and All-Pro star still has to take his fair shame of the blame when it comes to how poorly the whole sorry saga has been handled.
"I think there’s blame to go around on both sides, but AP hasn’t handled it particularly well. He’s probably valid in thinking he didn’t get some of the support that he thought he was going to get, but he’s the one who made the mistakes and he’s the one who needs to own up to it.”
Peterson was indicted in Texas last September on a felony charge of child abuse before pleading no contest in November to a lesser charge of misdemeanour reckless assault.
He missed one game last season while inactive, eight when he was placed on the commissioner's exempt list by the Vikings and six thanks to a suspension from the NFL before Roger Goodell and the league decided to reinstate him earlier this month.
The Vikings' star admitted to hitting his young son with a wooden switch last May but followed it up by saying he didn't mean him any harm and was disciplining his child the way he was when growing up.
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