The repercussions of the Minnesota Vikings decision to activate Adrian Peterson continue.
One day after one of the Vikings main sponsors, Raddisson Hotels suspended it sponsorship with the team, Minnesota’s Governor Mark Dayton spoke out and said that Peterson should remain inactive until the child-abuse accusations are resolved.
Here’s his full statement:
“It is an awful situation. Yes, Mr. Peterson is entitled to due process and should be “innocent until proven guilty.” However, he is a public figure; and his actions, as described, are a public embarrassment to the Vikings organization and the State of Minnesota. Whipping a child to the extent of visible wounds, as has been alleged, should not be tolerated in our state. Therefore, I believe the team should suspend Mr. Peterson, until the accusations of child abuse have been resolved by the criminal justice system. However, I will not turn my back on the Vikings and their fans, as some have suggested. The Vikings belong to Minnesota – and in Minnesota. This has been the team’s only home; and our citizens, including myself, have been its most dedicated fans. ”
It is only reasonable to expect for the backlash against the Vikings until the team finally decides to deactivate Peterson.
Let’s just hope that the team didn’t bring Peterson back when it did after Minnesota played so poorly on Sunday against the Patriots.
That would not be a good thing for the Vikings or the NFL.