Minnesota Vikings Reverse Course – Adrian Peterson to “Remain Away From All Team Activities”
The Minnesota Vikings put the ship into reverse by announcing early this morning that Adrian Peterson will be placed on the Exempt/Commissioner’s Permission list, basically he's been suspended, without being suspended, only in the NFL folks.
The statement was issued by Zygi and Mark Wilf and says that the Vikings contacted the NFL and that they suggested this move onto this special list which once included the name Michael Vick.
This means that Adrian must "remain away from all team activities while allowing him to take care of his personal situation until the legal proceedings are resolved."
The move to the Exempt/Commissioner’s Permission list comes less than 48 hours after the Vikings announced that the star running back would return to action this Sunday vs. The Saints in New Orleans after being deactivated for one game after he was indicted on a child abuse charge.
Here is the entire 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