Adrian Peterson continues to dominate the headlines today as the fallout from his indictment on child abuse charges rolls on.
The latest development this morning saw the Minnesota Vikings place the stud running back on the Exempt/Commissioner’s Permission list – a move which means Peterson is now barred from all team activities whilst he deals with the legal process.
Peterson had originally been allowed to return to the team on Monday after having been deactivated in the run up to the Vikings’ defeat to the New England Patriots in Week Two.
But this move - which came via a statement released at 1.47am Tuesday morning - marks a dramatic change of stance from the franchise ownership in the face of increased pressure from the public, and perhaps more importantly for the money men, NFL and team sponsors.
The likes of Budweiser and NFL beer sponsor, Anheuser-Busch, have issued strong statements speaking out against the current situation and unfortunately the money factor may have played a part in the latest developments.
"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," read the statement from Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf which can be read in full here.
"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 Peterson's agent, Ben Dogra, has since told the media that his client supports the Vikings' decision.
"Adrian understands the gravity of the situation and this enables him to take care of his personal situation," Dogra told the Associated Press.
Others could follow
With the NFL currently embroiled in a number of domestic abuse scandals this really was the only decision possible for those in charge even if they came about it in a round about way.
And it looks like other NFL teams who currently have players in a similar position to that that of Adrian Peterson could follow thew Vikings' example.
It is widely expected that the Carolina Panthers will follow the same path in dealing with their defensive end, Greg Hardy, who is currently appealing a June 15th conviction for assaulting a female.
Like Peterson, Hardy was deactivated in Week Two although he did play in the season-opener despite the conviction.
As for Peterson, he has an arraignment scheduled for October 8th. That’s all for now. Join us again tomorrow for more.
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