In response to pressure from their corporate sponsors, the Minnesota Vikings have taken Adrian Peterson off the field. The team announced that, as of 2 am Wednesday morning, Peterson was going to removed from all team activities and not allowed to play.
This comes at Peterson’s athletic peak, which is analogous to what happened to Muhammad Ali many years ago. Just two years ago, Peterson achieved one of the greatest feats in NFL history by rushing for over 2,000 yards in one season.
Peterson was taken off the field immediately after being indicted for allegedly abusing his son, hitting him with a switch and leaving bruises. He’s been criticized heavily for his actions, but other athletes have come to his defense, including Charles Barkley, among others. Barkley says that most parents in the south spank their kids, and there are millions of parents who’ve applauded Peterson for being an involved father, while still maintaining that he made a mistake.
Radisson Hotels, among others, have announced that they are ending their sponsorship deal with the NFL. This led NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to speak on the matter as well.
This is what the Vikings team owner and president had to say:
“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,” Vikings owner Zygi Wilf and team president Mark Wilf said in a joint statement. “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.”