Minnesota Viking All-Pro RB Adrian Petersen was indicted over the weekend in Montgomery County, Texas for injury to a child. Petersen allegedly punished his 4-year old son for pushing another one of his kids off of a motorbike video game, by whipping him with a tree branch or “switch”.
The Vikings deactivated Petersen from Sunday’s game, a 30-7 loss to the New England Patriots. However, team owners Zygi Wilf and Mark Wilf released a statement this morning saying he will be active this week against the New Orleans Saints.
Today’s decision was made after significant thought, discussion and consideration. As evidenced by our decision to deactivate Adrian from yesterday’s game, this is clearly a very important issue. On Friday, we felt it was in the best interests of the organization to step back, evaluate the situation, and not rush to judgment given the seriousness of this matter. At that time, we made the decision that we felt was best for the Vikings and all parties involved.
To be clear, we take very seriously any matter that involves the welfare of a child. At this time, however, we believe this is a matter of due process and we should allow the legal system to proceed so we can come to the most effective conclusions and then determine the appropriate course of action. This is a difficult path to navigate, and our focus is on doing the right thing. Currently we believe we are at a juncture where the most appropriate next step is to allow the judicial process to move forward.
We will continue to monitor the situation closely and support Adrian’s fulfillment of his legal responsibilities throughout this process.
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