The general manager of the Minnesota Vikings is keeping his alternatives available at all times as far as his player Adrian Peterson is concerned.
According to the Minnesota Vikings general manager, Rick Spielman, all the choices were laid out before them as a team and all they had to do was choose wisely and judiciously.
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The previous day, he said that the allegations that were pending against Adrian Peterson will be dealt with in a suitable way. Peterson has been charged with negligence and carelessness in relation to his own kid.
He almost landed himself in jail and was only released on $15,000 bail. He has so far been deactivated by the team high command. The rest of the decisions will be taken shortly and things will ensue from there onwards.
The general manager said that the team brass didn’t want to cause any undeserved injury to the player and that only after much forethought and insight will a decision finally get taken. For now at least all the options are on the table.
"Friday night was the first we heard of the formal allegations against Adrian Peterson, and we decided, as an organization, that to deactivate him this weekend was in the best interest of everybody concerned," Rick Spielman told ESPN.
"We are, as an organization, still in the process of gathering information, and at the end of the weekend we will discuss what we will do going forward.
"You don't want to make any knee-jerk reactions. All options are on the table. You can't take any options off the table because we're still gathering information."
It is the case of a team playing the game without its top player. And that is tragic since all this could have been averted very easily by the player himself.
One little silly mistake by him has cost both him and his team so much in terms of matches won and lost. The District Attorney said that his crime was of such a magnitude that it could have him serving two years in a state penitentiary.
And that is not all since a $10,000 penalty will also be mandatory along with the jail sentence. The NFL is going to review Peterson’s record and consider the options laid out before it in terms of its personal conduct policies.
"We've got to go on and go about it. It's just part of life," Coach Mike Zimmer said. "Would we have liked to have him? Sure. But I think any time you lose your best player, it's a team game. Everybody has to step up. I'm sure that when [Packers quarterback Aaron] Rodgers went down last year that Green Bay had to suck it up and go, so we've got to suck it up, too. We didn't today."
"You know what affected the team? Throwing interceptions, getting a field goal blocked, not tackling well enough, having penalties on defense," Zimmer said. "That's what affected the team. The team was fine."
Adrian Peterson did not play in Minnesota Vikings team during Sunday's game. However, he tweeted the following Bible verse on Sunday.
Adrian Peterson was basically guilty of spanking one of his sons with a wooden instrument. This came under the rubric of child abuse. However, Adrian’s lawyer contends that there is a fine line between discipline and cruelty to children.
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Since Adrian had faced similar circumstances way back in his childhood with his own father, he had taken the same actions for granted in matters having to do with his son.