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This is getting ugly.

It seemed like the Vikings and Adrian were headed towards a marriage resolution, a “stay together for the kids” sort of deal. But it’s looking more like a messy divorce is in the offing this offseason.

VT’s Lindsey Young joined the show to talk about Adrian AND the happier topics surrounding the Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings. Happier topics like the leadership of Rick Spielman and Mike Zimmer, looking forward to the 2015 Draft, and  the beautiful marriage of OC Norv Turner and 2nd year franchise QB Teddy Bridgewater. Do you remember him? Does anybody remember Teddy? The actual face of the Minnesota Vikings?

I say my piece about the former face of the team in the intro, touch on some Vikings News, and catch up with Lindsey on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast.

Full episode after the jump!

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The relationship between the Vikings organization and its once star running back continues to deteriorate.

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Things continue to worsen between the Vikings organization and Adrian Peterson. Jason LaConfora, CBS Sports NFL Insider, reported early this afternoon that Peterson’s agent, Ben Dogra, was seen in a heated verbal exchange with Vikings Vice President of Football Operations, Rob Brzezinski, and the two physically “had to be separated” at the NFL Combine in Downtown Indianapolis. According to LaConfora’s sources, Dogra made it clear during the argument that “Peterson would never play there again.”

LaConfora also included information from a person reportedly close with Peterson:

“He will never play another game for the Vikings. It’s over.”

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I’m certainly not an example of the perfect sports journalist. I make stuff up, although I try to clearly identify the line between facts and my own opinion, and I’m all for exploring the fan fiction side of the NFL through entertaining endeavors such as mock drafts or free agency predictions.

I’ve really had a burr up my you-know-what about some recent reporting, however, and want to explain how it comes to be that an entire fanbase can me mislead to believe something untrue. If nothing else, at least the readers here at VT can be that more educated about how a false report can come into being.

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I’m shocked. No, really, I’m so very super shocked.

If my most recent take on the Peterson situation wasn’t a big enough of a figurative eye roll towards all of the Peterson “reports” then imagine my reaction when ESPN’s Josina Anderson recently found a way to counter yesterday’s nonsense.

She tweeted that a source with knowledge of the situation told her “Adrian Peterson has not asked for a trade to the #Cowboys and has not had any conversations with (Vikings GM) Rick Spielman.”

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Maybe I’m getting desensitized to the idea of drama surrounding the Minnesota Vikings.

You know, like how your favorite television series can begin to feel quite stale and repetitive after six or seven seasons? I’m not claiming to have all the answers, and I’m not saying I can’t get swept up in it, but after six years of writing about the Vikings I’m finding myself far less susceptible to being surprised than I once was.

I’ve fielded a lot of questions over the last couple of days regarding the Adrian Peterson situation. Each conversation ends with me being asked where I think he will end up, and it is obviously not one I can answer with a guarantee, but here are some of my thoughts on the “events” of this last week:

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