Adrian Peterson Should Be Suspended Per Mark Dayton

Posted: Sep 16 2014, 6:23pm CDT | by , in News | Latest Sports News

Adrian Peterson Should Be Suspended Per Mark Dayton
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Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, the center of a child abuse controversy in Texas, should be suspended, per Minnesota governor Mark Dayton.

If Minnesota governor Mark Dayton were to have it his way, he would suspend Adrian Peterson until the air on the latter's child abuse case clears.

According to The Minneapolis Star Tribune's Patrick Condon, Dayton "believes Peterson is innocent until proven guilty" but at the same time called the predicament "a public embarrassment" to the team:

"Gov. Mark Dayton said Tuesday that the Minnesota Vikings should suspend running back Adrian Peterson until accusations of child abuse against him have been resolved in the criminal justice system.

"Calling the allegations and their fallout 'an awful situation,' Dayton said he believes Peterson is innocent until proven guilty and that he deserves due process. But he also called the allegations, that Peterson used a wooden switch to discipline his four-year-old son, 'a public embarrassment to the Vikings organization and the state of Minnesota.'

"Dayton's remarks came in a statement from his office. The governor is in Washington, D.C., raising funds for his re-election campaign.

"'Whipping a child to the extent of visible wounds, as has been alleged, should not be tolerated in our state,' Dayton said.

"Peterson has denied being a child abuser, saying he was using the same disciplinary methods that he experienced as a child. The Vikings had kept Peterson out of Sunday's game, but announced Monday that he would be reinstated and playing next Sunday.

"Vikings spokesman Jeff Anderson did not immediately return a call seeking comment on Dayton's statement. The DFL governor has worked closely with the team throughout his first term, both as advocate for partial public funding of the new stadium now under construction in downtown Minneapolis, and to help promote a subsequent, successful bid for Minnesota to host the 2018 Super Bowl in the new stadium.

"'I will not turn my back on the Vikings and their fans, as some have suggested,' Dayton said. 'The Vikings belong in Minnesota -- and in Minnesota. This has been the only team's home; and our citizens, including myself, have been its most dedicated fans.'"

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