Wednesday, July 29, 2015

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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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According to a post by Bleacher Report Saturday, Adrian Peterson has expressed overt interest in playing for the Dallas Cowboys, but this option will reportedly not be entertained by the Vikings.

In the video with ESPN Insider Jason Cole, Cole tells us that Peterson wants to play in Dallas, and the Vikings “are aware” of this desire. He said the following:

“The Vikings do not want to trade him, in any way, shape or form, specifically to the Cowboys.”

Cole went on to say this:

“As easy as it is to say Peterson will probably play for the Vikings, [he] can make this very uncomfortable for the Vikings, creating a stare-down type of situation.”

Earlier this week, ESPN’s Ben Goessling released a story detailing a recent interview with Peterson in which the running back expressed a discomfort about staying in Minnesota following the entire ordeal.

“There were people [in the organization] that I trusted, who knew exactly what was said, that weren’t heard from,” Peterson said. “It’s hard to say [what my future will be].”

Peterson is restricted from making direct contact with teams at this point, so it’s hard to say how much has been explicitly communicated. Whether Peterson has made specific requests to be traded or not, it is becoming increasingly clear that he does not have warm and fuzzy feelings about wearing a purple jersey in 2015.

Peterson and representatives of the NFL Players Association were in Minnesota on Feb. 6, where Peterson underwent a hearing in federal court. Unless Judge David Doty rules in favor of an immediate reinstatement into the league, AP remains on the commissioner’s exempt list until April 15.



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