Per Adam Schefter, Vikings legal counsel Kevin Warren, who was the lead on protecting the team against allegations made by former punter Chris Kluwe, was one of the Vikings executives who reportedly did not want Peterson back with the team. Peterson mentioned at least one person within the organization in his excellent interview by Tom Pelissero in USA Today. Schefter’s words:
When Adrian Peterson told USA Today there were people in Vikings’ organization who did want him back and people in the organization who didn’t, the person he was referring to who wasn’t in favor of his return was the team’s general counsel, Kevin Warren, per league sources. Warren and the NFL have been working to make sure Peterson did not return this season, per sources familiar with the case. Now there are questions about whether Peterson will return to Minnesota at all next season. There were those in the Vikings organization who were, and still are, in favor of Peterson’s return, including the coaches, front office and players. But per sources, Peterson believes at least one individual didn’t want him back.
It isn’t surprising to me that the lawyer is the one who didn’t want him back. Though the locker room is largely unified in wanting Peterson back (or at the very least, universally in favor, unless you ask Mike Freeman) and the coaching staff is fully on board with bringing Peterson back, per a recent interview with ESPN. The front office has indicated for the moment that they don’t want to trade or release Peterson, but will re-evaluate that stance at the end of the season.
The most surprising revelation has been that Warren worked with the NFL to keep Peterson off the field. This directly contradicts what owners Mark and Zygi Wilf attempted to do:
Source tells me while publicly silent, #Vikings ownership, team management has tried thru season to get Adrian Peterson back on the field
— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) November 23, 2014
It’s always nice to see these divisions crop up.