Adrian Peterson is reportedly not pleased with the Minnesota Vikings’ lack of support when he was indicted for abusing his son.
In a recent interview with ESPN, Adrian Peterson talked about his future in the NFL, and about not being sure he wants to play anymore for Minnesota after how they treated him during his indictment for abusing his son. Adrian Peterson is suspended from the NFL until April 15 after pleading no contest to misdemeanor reckless assault for hitting his son with a tree branch. As a result of the plea, Peterson received no jail time.
In the interview, Peterson said he felt like the fans in Minnesota “had my back, and supported me.”
“For the fans, I would definitely love to come back, but then again, it’s a business, when it comes down to business, you can’t get caught up in the loyalty to fans or to a team or anything like that. You know how it is in the NFL.”
However, Adrian went on to say that he was “uneasy” with things that went on in the Vikings organization as a result of his indictment.
“I’m still uneasy about a lot of things that took place within the organization. Of course those guys ultimately supported me, and I’m grateful for that. But ultimately, with me being able to be on the inside and see how cards were dealt, how things were worded, this, that and the other, it’s about protecting your brand, your organization, what you have built. In the grand scheme of things, not one person counts over that. I get that.”
Adrian Peterson said that he was dismayed by how the Minnesota media dug into his life as a result of the child abuse indictment.
“[The] media in Minnesota took the head of the situation with my child, and were digging into things that weren’t even relevant. That wasn’t people in Texas — it was people in Minnesota that dug in and brought things out. That impacted me, but most importantly, it impacted the people around me — my family, my kids. This came from the state I love so much, that I wish to bring a championship to? This is how they treat me when I’m down and out? You kick me?”
The child abuse incident took place in Texas, where Adrian Peterson is originally from, where has a home. Speculation around the league indicates that Peterson is interested in playing for the Dallas Cowboys… if they’d have him.
Adrian Peterson, man. He doesn’t think he did anything wrong and thinks people owe him because being an abusive father inconvenienced him.
— Mike Bates (@MikeBatesSBN) February 20, 2015
Adrian Peterson wants “loyalty” from #Vikings. They actually extended deep loyalty to him via 9.8.14 reinstatement. It damaged franchise.
— Kevin Seifert (@SeifertESPN) February 20, 2015
As a result of the interview, one has to ask if Adrian Peterson truly understands the magnitude of the charges that were leveled against him, and how the public – and everyone else – now perceives him?
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