FOOTBALL — 17 September 2014

Bad news for fantasy football owners out there with Adrian Peterson on their roster, as you may have wasted your first round draft pick this year.

Peterson who has been indicted for reckless or negligent injury to a child was deactivated for week 2’s match up against the New England Patriots. The Minnesota Vikings running back was activated to play this week against the New Orleans Saints but was deactivated indefinitely today by the Vikings after the team received great criticism for the decision to activate the running back. The Vikings have decided that it is in the best interest of the club to place Peterson on the Exempt/Commissioners Permission List until the legal proceedings have been resolved.

Here is the full statement from the Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf:

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.

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