NFL’er Adrian Peterson has been put on ice, temporarily. As of Wednesday morning, the Vikings organization has decided to reverse their decision (he had been deactivated for their Week 2 game against the New England Patriots after the indictment was made public), putting him on the NFL’s exempt/commissioner’s permission list until his child-abuse case is resolved. What does this mean? According to ESPN, this bars the 29-year-old from all team activities. Minnesota Vikings owners Zygi Wilf and Mark Wilf said in the statement:
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.
Adrian’s agent told the Associated Press:
Adrian understands the gravity of the situation, and this enables him to take care of his personal situation. We fully support Adrian, and he looks forward to watching his teammates and coaches being successful during his absence.
Adrian also personally reacted on Twitter, posting the following inspirational message:
As previously reported, Adrian was indicted last week on a felony count of reckless or negligent injury to a child. The charge stems from a spanking incident that reportedly left bruises and wounds on his 4-year-old son. He also was accused in 2013 of injuring another of his young sons, who has a different mother. Charges were never brought. Those allegations reportedly were filed to the state’s Child Protective Services agency. [ESPN, Twitter]