If you have the gold, you make the rules? I guess in the NFL case, if you average 5 yards per carry, you make the rules. The Minnesota Vikings are coming off a harsh loss at the hands of the New England Patriots. Now, the team has decided to reactivate Adrian Peterson despite his indictment on child abuse charges.
Morality and the NFL? Nah, money and the NFL. If this was some third-string running back, he would be on the jobless claims report this week. Instead, it’s a once in a generation running back, and money has to be made. Regardless of what happened.
The statement from the Minnesota Vikings shows off their complete disconnect from violence issues permeating the NFL.
“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.”
Sure, you care about the welfare of a child. You just care about the money Peterson brings to the Vikings more. Just be honest about it. Difficult path to navigate? Not really. He’s indicted. Photo evidence too. I know how photos and video have become necessary for the NFL. Who knew the mental health issues extended to the front offices from the repeated concussions?
So, just to wrap this up. Josh Gordon is suspended for 10 games because he smoked weed. Wes Welker took a recreational drug. Adrian Peterson beats his kid, gets a day off with pay and is now back on the field.
It all makes sense if you don’t think about it.