AnalysisOff-The-Field Issues

2014 Minnesota Vikings: Live Updates on Adrian Peterson Fallout

UPDATE: Peterson was evidently cleared in this most recent case because he did not cause the scarring. More from KHOU:

I don’t know if this means things are going to settle.

UPDATE2: Mike Garafolo has a statement from Hardin:

UPDATE3: Radisson Hotels is suspending its sponshorship of the Vikings –

They had a pretty big sponsorship, and their logo is on the screen behind the podium of every Vikings presser. This is their statement:

Radisson takes this matter very seriously particularly in light of our long-standing commitment to the protection of children. We are closely following the situation and effective immediately, Radisson is suspending its limited sponsorship of the Minnesota Vikings while we evaluate the facts and circumstances.

UPDATE4: Vikings have released the following statement:

As part of the information we have gathered throughout this process, we were made aware of an allegation from 2013 in which authorities took no action against Adrian. We will defer any further questions to Adrian’s attorney Rusty Hardin.

This should mean no further action regarding Adrian.

UPDATE5: If you’re still following this story, the governor of the state of Minnesota, Mark Dayton, has released a statement about the proceedings.

It is an awful situation. Yes, Mr. Peterson is entitled to due process and should be “innocent until proven guilty.” However, he is a public figure; and his actions, as described, are a public embarrassment to the Vikings organization and the State of Minnesota. Whipping a child to the extent of visible wounds, as has been alleged, should not be tolerated in our state. Therefore, I believe the team should suspend Mr. Peterson, until the accusations of child abuse have been resolved by the criminal justice system.

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

As you can imagine, the governor who pushed through the Vikings stadium bill is in a bit of a bind, as he needs to defend having the Vikings in Minnesota, but cannot help but condemn their actions. You may not like Dayton politically or personally, but it remains significant that a public figure very important for the Vikings is outspoken against what they did.

UPDATE6: More companies are distancing themselves from the Vikings, NFL or Peterson.

Nike has pulled all their Adrian Peterson merchandise from their stores (you can still buy them online). Anheuser-Busch has released the following statement:

We are disappointed and increasingly concerned by the recent incidents that have overshadowed this NFL season. We are not yet satisfied with the league’s handling of behaviors that so clearly go against our own company culture and moral code. We have shared our concerns and expectations with the league.

The Anheuser-Busch contract is a six-year, $1.2 billion deal.

Mylan, the sponsor Adrian was working with to raise awareness for allergy issues, has pulled its sponsorship, saying “our work with him is now complete.”

UPDATE7: Looks like a mutual cancellation this time of an event dealing with domestic violence:

UPDATE8: Another politician has jumped on board the “bench Adrian” train—Al Franken. Statement below:

It was absolutely heartbreaking to hear about what happened to this child. I’m a diehard Vikings fan, and watching the games on Sundays has been one of my favorite things to do since I was a kid. But this is just wrong, and I think the Vikings made the wrong decision here. This is in the hands of law enforcement now, and it must go through the judicial process, but I don’t believe Adrian Peterson should be allowed to play until that happens. A lot of kids look up to these players, and it’s not ok for the Vikings to send the signal that what happened is acceptable. This is bigger than a football game.

UPDATE9: After Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk wondered if the University of Minnesota was going to be next, they have released the following statement, per Andrew Krammer of 1500 ESPN:

The Agreement does not govern the Vikings’ personnel decisions concerning conduct unrelated to Stadium

UPDATE10: Fran Tarkenton is “embarrassed” by the Vikings’ decision, he says in an interview with TSN (Tim Graham and David William Naylor). He says “these people should not be playing.” He points the finger directly at the owner.

You can listen to it here.

UPDATE11: According to KSTP (by way of the Star Tribune), Adrian Peterson’s All Day Foundation is on hiatus. Further, Special Olympics MN has severed its ties with Peterson. They previously worked with Peterson on a number of issues, including putting together PSAs, hosting charity golf events, holding clinics and so on.

UPDATE12: ProFootballtalk is hearing the Vikings could reverse the decision to reinstate Adrian:

UPDATE13: The NFL has responded to the Anheuser-Busch move—”We understand. We are taking action and there will be much more to come.”

UPDATE14: And now the All Day Foundation is taking shots at the media. Currently on their website:

We have taken the Adrian Peterson’s All Day Foundation website offline to protect our charity partners from the continued harassment they have received from the media.

Unfortunately, over the past few years when there was positive news, the media paid little attention to our nonprofit partners. Now, the charities are being harassed, judged and placed in uncomfortable positions. They are being pushed to make statements and business decisions that are taking time away from the good work they are doing.

The Foundation will continue to support the causes that Adrian and his family care about and will consider how the current situation impacts the direction for Adrian’s philanthropy.

UPDATE15: University of Minnesota Health, the Vikings’ health provider, has released a statement:

University of Minnesota Health is in the process of evaluating the situation related to the Vikings sponsorship and will issue a statement when any decisions are made.

UPDATE16: The mother of the four-year old child has released as statement through her team:

We represent the mother of the minor child of Adrian Peterson, the NFL player that is the subject of an indictment in Montgomery County, Texas. My client, on behalf of herself and their son, wishes to express her extreme outrage at the invasion of their privacy that has occurred through the publication of highly confidential and private data obtained regarding them by the press without their permission or consent. My client is hurt and outraged that the press would publish throughout the world pictures of their minor son and publish statements allegedly made as part of the private and confidential criminal investigative file. My client asks the press and the public to respect the privacy rights of herself their son by immediately removing any and all pictures and statements that are part of the private and confidential criminal investigative file and that should not be in the possession of the press and the public. My client, on behalf of herself and their son, asks the press to immediately cease and desist from further publicizing private and confidential information about herself o  their son gathered in connection with the indictment of Mr. Peterson.

In making this statement it is the mother’s intent to not comment at this time with respect to any matters involving the case.

Unless Adam decides otherwise, we will not be taking down the texts published by KHOU news, in part because as the story has become public and awareness and discussion of the issues of corporal punishment, child injury and child abuse are driven forward, establishing the different degrees of intent is a critical part of the conversation.

We have never hosted the photos.

UPDATE17: The All Day Foundation is offline. and have published a message with that simple statement.

UPDATE18: Wheaties is no longer contractually connected to Peterson, but they had his image on their website until Monday.

UPDATE19:  Castrol has ended its relationship with Adrian Peterson.

In light of recent event, Castrol has decided to end our relationship with Adrian Peterson.

Original story below, including the embarrassing bit about trusting KHOU News.

We’re going down the rabbit hole, and it appears that Adrian Peterson injured another son over the course of disciplinary duties as a father. While not surprising by itself in terms of consistency—we know this is the kind of discipline that Adrian prefers for his children—it does establish that the last incident is not a one-off happenstance where Adrian underestimated his strength or the size of the switch and went too far. Texts below, courtesy of KHOU news, the local CBS affiliate for Houston:

Mother: “What happened to his head?”

Peterson: “Hit his head on the Carseat.”

Mother: “How does that happen, he got a whoopin in the car.”

Peterson: “Yep.”

Mother: “Why?”

Peterson: “I felt so bad. But he did it his self.”

The news segment is up at Deadspin. There’s multiple photos of the injury aired there, as well as one on the news station’s Twitter feed. Significantly, he left a scar. When the mother asked about the instrument used to deliver the blow, Peterson didn’t respond.

The mother filed a report with Child Protective Services, which is important, because regardless of your opinion on corporal punishment and the primacy of parental control in determining punishments, it seems ethically prior that the parents at least agree on punishment at all. Though she filed that complaint with CPS, the outcome is unclear, per KHOU.

I’m not entirely clear on whether or not the scar was caused by Peterson or by something that happened in the car, so the level of ambiguity is at least different here. It seems that KHOU has an assumption that it was, which may be reasonable given the information they have.

There are a lot more text messages to later be aired that you can see if you pause the broadcast as well, but those seem the most significant. Peterson’s legal team had no comment. According to McCann Sports Law, Hardin will argue that the introduction of evidence regarding the second child should be inadmissible:


Once again… updates as more develops here.

Show More

Related Articles


    1. No, it’s engrained in him that corporal punishment is acceptable, he admitted he made a mistake and went too far this time. I think this situation is being blown up too big because of Ray Rice.

  1. This is what happens when irresponsible reporting meets social media. It’s a free for all and people are taking some liberties when it comes to fact finding. Let him have his time in court and respect his rights as a parent. People calling for his job and people condemning the organization need to focus on their own problems, and let the professionals handle it.

    1. This is not about liberty or his day in court. There is NO question of guilt or innocence. Adrian has openly admitted what he has done. For the Rick to stand there and say that the Vikings cannot on their own determine if he went too far is appalling.

      And yes it is ingrained in him. He has repeated several times that he is the person he is today because his father whooped him. He has dispalyed virtually no sense of wrong doing.

      Respect his right as a parent to abuse a child? No, there is no such right. This is not about corporal punishment this is about him beating a 4 year old with a swithc more times than he counted, and then believing he is righteous in doing so. How any of you can stand here and honestly say that people are taking liberties to fact finding when Adrian has admitted EVERYTHING is beyond me.

      1. Your right, he admitted everything and admitted he went too far. Your talking like he tried to injure his child and wanted to make him bleed which is ridiculous. Corporal punishment is just fine when administered properly Adrian just made a mistake and acknowledged it instantly and has tried to make right.

        1. He did try to injure his child,that’s what the switch was for.I’m glad he’s getting help. The fact that he made the decision to stuff the leaves of a tree branch in the mouth of a 4 year old, then beat him with the branch, imo is the mind of a disturbed person,not someone who just made a mistake. I find it even more disturbing how many of you people really think this okay. Very sad and scary.

          1. You must have never left Minneapolis huh? That’s very common in the south, the intent isn’t too injure a kid your Ann idiot if you actually believe that. The intent is to cause pain without any real damage that’s why a switch or belt is used and not a 2×4. Try to be more accepting of other cultures.

  2. I just puked. AP clearly is not right in the head. On another note, one of the initial stories alleged AP to have 7 kids but Wikipedia only has 2 a boy and girl listed, and TMZ ran a report alleging multiple children.

  3. Anyone here on VT a past member of the forum known as ‘Vikings Message Board’?

  4. wow, that didn’t take long. vikings have a new sponsor to replace radisson, just in time for halloween (might be temporary, tho) –

  5. No comment from me on the suspected abuse until all the facts are in.

    Roger Goodell is done! Advertisers are already pulling their ads. The All Image League needs a scapegoat. 32 egotistical owners will not take the blame. Neither will they allow a star player to take the blame. It’s solves a helluva lot of problems if the owners blame Goodell and quietly fire him. I predict that sometime between the next Super Bowl and the draft, Goodell will “resign” for health reasons, either him or a close member of his family will contract an unknown illness. The next commish will be committed to “learning from our mistakes”

    …… yea, it’s true. I’m just a tad bit cynical about the NFL

    1. Let’s hope not Goodell has done more good than bad. Take away his rule changes and he’s been great.

  6. How the Vikings have ANY question IF he went too far? Really? If East Texas slaps him on the wrist the Vikings will then deem this level “discipline” to be acceptable?

    1. Thanks for the read, Tom. The link to the Washington Post piece was great, and I think you’re making a good point about interpretants—whenever we see a new picture of the world, we usually can only see the colors that we’re used to. It takes a lot of effort to throw ourselves into another cultural context.

      I don’t think the revival of the corporal punishment debate will create as much cross-cultural communication as one might hope, but it’s at least another point of contact.

  7. Sorry to disappoint the law and order crowd that was ready to drag Peterson through the streets as a serial child abuser, but this story is dead. The incident was investigated, and no action was taken, because Peterson didn’t hit the kid in the head or cause a scar. Much to the chagrin of the media hype machine, we’re still dealing with one isolated incident, and while it’s still a very important case (as all cases of injury to children are), the known facts seem to fit Peterson’s basic story: that he did indeed administer corporal punishment with a switch, and that during the course of that punishment, he unintentionally caused bodily harm to his son in the form of lacerations and welts.

    A jury in TX will decide whether that constitutes reckless or negligent injury to a child, and it may well turn out that Peterson deserves to be punished by the law as well as the NFL and/or his team (be it the Vikings or someone else). In the meantime, lets put down the pitchforks, at least until whatever story has surfaced has a chance to be vetted properly (unlike this one, which every major news outlet is still running with).

    1. i doubt that a jury will ever see this case. too much bad publicity for AD dragging it through a trial, unless the DA’s office pushes for that for the attention (maybe he wants to run for dog catcher)

    2. You don’t pull the branch off a tree,stuff the leaves in 4 year olds mouth,beat him with the branch, unless you intend to do him bodily harm.Don’t be so… naive.

  8. Thanks Arif and the rest for your kind comments and taking the time to read the post. About Adam Pautz, I haven’t read him yet, but I’ll do a Google search right now.

  9. Lot of reason on this board. He screwed up. Fortunately the situation is being remedied. Why people aren’t afforded the opportunity to learn and become advocates for these issues I don’t understand. Asking for a suspension or him being cut rather than that he learns and becomes an advocate I will never know. One of these results uses the forum to promote awareness, the other cuts ties with the problem. Please don’t act like you’ve never made a mistake. You’ve never made this mistake. You want to do something productive? Volunteer your time on Sundays. People want immediate consequences, they want to destroy these guys. A month from now they won’t care about this particular situation anymore so they need results now. Penn State had their penalties over turned and no-one cared and that was way more wide spread failure. Get over yourselves, and ask for these people to advocate for the rest of their lives rather than seek the taste of blood today.

  10. You know, I’ve got two thoughts.

    1) It’d be really nice if something else popped up right now to get the attention off the vikings. Maybe some real evidence will pop up against Jerry Jones assault case.

    2) It’d be really nice if something else popped up that brought the league’s issues to a bigger volcano than it already is. This is the biggest sport in America. We’ve all sat back mostly idly saying boys will be boys. They’ll have love boats, bullying on a criminal level, rampant domestic abuse, rampant alcohol abuse, rampant fatherless children, rampant tax money subsidizing the owners so that many men are choosing to end up being really shitty humans…. Party responsibly, be a strong friend, wear a rubber or get a vasectomy (freeze some if you want kids),

    3) any happy stories from the league today?

  11. Isn’t it funny that we’re all expected to be cynical when judging the Vikings (ie they ONLY reactivated Adrian because he’s talented) but we’re apparently supposed to believe that all of the politicians, talking heads, and sports writers have nothing but the purest of intentions as they cover this case minute by minute?

    Don’t get me wrong, I think the Vikings are primarily concerned with A) profits and B) winning games, and the two tend to go hand in hand. However, I am just as suspicious of all of the people who are trying to find a spot on the ever-crowded “moral outrage” bandwagon. Doesn’t ESPN depend on ratings to boost their revenue? Doesn’t Vikings Territory benefit from increased traffic to the site? Of course they do. And wouldn’t you know it? This story is highly controversial, and it draws in a much wider audience than they typical “how many yards will AP rush for this season” story. The same goes for Mark Dayton: he’s a politician whose behaving like a politician by telling the people what his handlers tell him they want to hear (based on their most recent focus groups.)

    Are the local sportswriters (and I’m including the contributors here at VT) concerned about the issue of child abuse? I think so. Are the Wilfs? I think so. Does anyone have purely altruistic motives? I doubt it. I just think it’s funny that we’re supposed to believe that as long as you’re on the “correct” side of this debate, your motives aren’t worth questioning. Are we profiting from this scandal? Um, uh…hey, look at these pictures of Peterson’s kid! Shame on the Vikings. Shame on the NFL.

  12. I am curious regarding the legalities of the pictures and text communication between AP and his formal buck fuddy? (they were never married?) Being that this evidence was illegally distributed due to it being an underage case can this evidence still be used in a court of law? Will the person who leaked the pictures be punished if/when found? sorry for my legal ignorance.

    1. I know we lost pretty bad Sunday but it’s time to stop drinking, it’s already Tuesday.
      But seriously i think we gotta roll with Cassel until we’re eliminated from the playoffs. I don’t think we want another Ponder situation rushing him in because our temp sucked.

      1. So Teddy is Ponder like? Two very different QB’s. I can’t buy into that logic.

        1. IMO he’s very ponder like. We need to let him sit a lot longer and not rush him into action.

    2. I got to agree with Skol. Hate to see TB get his confidence blown up. He actually strikes me as a guy that would be hard to rattle, so maybe it’s an unjustified concern?
      I’ll say this tho, if Cassel stinks it up right off the bat, yank him!

  13. Wait, I wasn’t agreeing with Skol on the “Ponder-like” stuff. I don’t think he’s anywhere near that and actually feel he’d hold up well, even if he has a bad couple of games starting out.

  14. I think Teddy knows what he’s capable of, and that he can handle the pressure. Even still…it would be nice to see Kalil pull his head out of his butt before we throw Teddy to the wolves. With no guarantee of that happening, and with Cassel coming off the worst game of his career (maybe?), I just don’t know when you reach the point that starting Teddy makes sense.

    1. I think you start TB only if Cassel gets hurt or starts throwing numerous INT’s again.
      I don’t think anyone expects us to make the playoffs anyway, or at least go very deep if we do get a shot.
      It’s next year for Teddy as far as I’m concerned. let him sit and learn this year.

      1. That’s just it Fran, I expect to make the playoffs every year. I just don’t agree you ever play for next year…that’s giving up. I believe Teddy gives us the best chance to win. If you believe Cassel is going to play like that again, at any point, why is he the starter?
        That being said, I could see the point that going to NO would maybe not be a good situation for a young QB for his 1st start. But…then you take a big risk of Cassel getting rattled and dropping to 1-2.
        Cassel is what he is….a pick waiting to happen. I don’t believe TB is like Ponder… Then again I’m not there watching him day after day. From everything I’ve heard and seen, he’s ready. Rookies can win, it happens.

        1. Heck, I’m not saying give up. I’m saying we don’t have a realistic shot at going far into the playoffs, if we get there. New coaches, new system new players, new stadium and now new child abuse charges. . .
          I’m the one who said a month ago that this team was going to surprise a lot people.

  15. Know what would be way better than suspending him. Making him the new face of child rearing and developmental reform. Regardless of how you personally feel what AP has done is almost all legal. In fact he is not even being charged with abuse he is being charged with negligent injury to a child due to accidental injury that happened as a result from a LEGAL PUNISHMENT METHOD. All of you people who are so outraged need to be writing letters to your representatives to get corporeal punishment redefined in the law books rather than feigning wet paper outrage that someone disciplines their children in a certain way that actually falls within the law but accidentally did more damage than is normally acceptable.