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2014 Minnesota Vikings: Vikings Place Adrian Peterson on Exempt List

The Vikings have released the following statement after discussions with the NFL, and have placed Adrian Peterson on the Exempt/Commissioner’s Permission List. Statement below:

This has been an ongoing and deliberate process since last Friday’s news. In conversations with the NFL over the last two days, the Vikings advised the League of the team’s decision to revisit the situation regarding Adrian Peterson. In response, the League informed the team of the option to place Adrian on the Exempt/Commissioner’s Permission list, which will require that Adrian remain away from all team activities while allowing him to take care of his personal situation until the legal proceedings are resolved. After giving the situation additional thought, we have decided this is the appropriate course of action for the organization and for Adrian.

We are always focused on trying to make the right decision as an organization. We embrace our role – and the responsibilities that go with it – as a leader in the community, as a business partner and as an organization that can build bridges with our fans and positively impact this great region. We appreciate and value the input we have received from our fans, our partners and the community.

While we were trying to make a balanced decision yesterday, after further reflection we have concluded that this resolution is best for the Vikings and for Adrian. We want to be clear: we have a strong stance regarding the protection and welfare of children, and we want to be sure we get this right. At the same time we want to express our support for Adrian and acknowledge his seven-plus years of outstanding commitment to this organization and this community. Adrian emphasized his desire to avoid further distraction to his teammates and coaches while focusing on his current situation; this resolution accomplishes these objectives as well.

We will support Adrian during this legal and personal process, but we firmly believe and realize this is the right decision. We hope that all of our fans can respect the process that we have gone through to reach this final decision. – Zygi Wilf and Mark Wilf

This means that Adrian will be paid by the Vikings but will not count against the 53-man roster, giving the Vikings another roster spot they can fill, presumably giving room for Zach Line to join the roster once more (I completely forgot about Jerome Simpson, who would take this spot). Adrian will stay on the list until his legal proceedings are done.

Those legal proceedings will very likely conclude well after the 2014 season is over, which could mean that he isn’t only done for the season but for the Vikings overall. This means that Adrian Peterson will not earn a Credited Season (which requires full pay status for at least three games), which means he does not count as a nine-year veteran next year, but as an eight-year veteran. That’s significant for a few things, including veteran’s minimum, post-retirement benefits and so on. Luckily for Peterson, the minimum salary for an eight-year veteran is the same as a nine-year veteran (though the maximum benefit triggers at 10+ years).

This should not affect his contract, however, just his status for various benefits. His pay should not count against the salary cap as far as I can tell.

The Vikings in a small way have admitted a mistake on their part for how they handled it in the past—the phrase “after further reflection” seems to imply that they reconsidered the wisdom of the decision. We’ll probably never know if it was a result of the numerous sponsorships being pulled or a genuine reconsideration, or (more likely) a combination of the two.

UPDATE: There’s a statement from Adrian Peterson’s agent:

This is the best possible outcome given the circumstances. Adrian understands the gravity of the situation and this enables him to take care of his personal situation. We fully support Adrian and he looks forward to watching his teammates and coaches being successful during his absence.

UPDATE2: Adam Schefter reports that they do intend to bring Adrian back.

UPDATE3: NFL Statement:

This is a good decision that will allow Adrian Peterson to resolve his personal situation and the Vikings to return the focus to the football field.

For an analysis of Matt Asiata as a starting back, click here. For the long-term effect of his absence, click here.

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  1. I hate the moral policing of society by using bullying and shaming tactics.

    Statements by the Adrian Peterson foundation and the Mother/Child’s lawyer pretty much sum up my thoughts on the situation.

    I don’t know what the fuck is going on, but I’m more ready to move on from the NFL than I’ve ever been before. You have people calling for the legislation of child discipline, in effect asking for an invasion of the home by the government. I think it’s shameful and disgusting how people are being jerked around and how reactive both the NFL and the Vikings are to money.

    I want to reiterate again how much I hate how commonplace shaming and bullying tactics are becoming to force people to do what you want.

  2. Hmm “suspended from all team activities but will be paid” Really Vikings? Are us fans supposed to be happy you got it half right? Doesn’t seem like very harsh punishment to be on a paid vacation while letting the legal process work itself out. The Vikings organization needs to trade this excuse making, poor role model before things get even worse! Everyone has seemed to forget the lack of discipline on his part in the multiple children he’s fathered while being in a committed relationship with his college sweetheart. Evidentially the “punishment with a switch” he endured as a child growing up in East Texas didn’t instill in him relationship commitment values or the importance of following speed limits to keep people safe on our roads. #NoRoleModel

    1. You need to remember the players are represented by a powerful Union that will not allow him to go unpaid at this time.

      1. Actually, he’s represented by the weakest sports union in North America, but some union protection is better than no union protection.

  3. New to NBC, from the writers of “Days of our Lives” and theproducer of “The Notebook” premiering this fall The NFL. A modern day sport soap/drama.
    Starring Roger Goodell, Adrian Peterson, Ray Rice, The Wilfs, countless organizations with motives, and special guest appearances by actual football players.

    There will be lovers quarrels, fights, twists(sometimes 3 in 5 days) and if your lucky you may even notice a game being played.

  4. Damn!!!!!!!!!!! honestly the vikings made a huge mistakethey should have kept queit till the end of the week then activated him! So this looks like the vikings season the greatest player in franchise history will never come back and fans will realize when we lose 8 more games that we should have played im just saying this is why this franchise never goes anywhere

  5. Sorry I am putting this one on the media and the politically correct crap that is going on in this world. Did Peterson screw up and injure his son? The answer is yes, and he admitted what he did was wrong. Peterson was not charged with child abuse, he was charged with negligence. Which means he negligently injured his child while doing something that was legal. Right or wrong the culture in Texas uses that form of punishment. The outrage should be directed at changing the laws in Texas that allows this form of parenting. I guess I should have not been so naive in my thoughts, as there was no way the media was going to let due process take its course. This is especially true if the reports of reporters badgering sponsors is true. I wonder if they will stir up the fires of public outrage the next time Mr. Ordinary Joe Blow negligently does something wrong and get him removed from his job too.

    1. Our society’s obsession with punishment worries me. The general public is not the victim here, the child is, but people are hell bent on a punishment that satisfies the masses instead of a solution (including a possible punishment) that gives Adrian and his children a better chance at happy, healthy lives.

      1. The general public is “obsessed” with punishment because he deserves it.As you stated, it gives Adrian and his children a better chance to be happy. Standing by and saying “I know Adrian is a good father and didn’t mean to hit his child in the nuts” isn’t going to make Adrian aware he has done something wrong .Remember when this first came out, he maintained that “he got switched” so this is acceptable behavior.No! It wasn’t until he had charges brought against him that “he was sorry.” If he had not been charged,I believe he would have kept thinking what he had done was right. How would that have helped his family? To say it’s a cultural thing is a cop out. We should be trying to evolve,not “re-volve” by making the same mistakes over and over.Standing by and making excuses is gutless.This is a “social switching” for Adrian that he deserves. Apparently,there are a few more of you that could use one.Everyone is for disciplining their children.I spanked mine.And Skol,this is not a “cultural difference” and no, I won’t “be tolerant “of it and neither should any reasonable person.

    2. And, yet, the media had nothing to say when Chris Kluwe cut a hole in the butt-side of his pants and pranced around the locker room like it was Mardi Gras in jest of the Penn St. sexual abuse case against children, did they? What does that tell you?

      The media has an adolescent need to climb atop a moral soapbox of their own making (looking your way, Bob Costas) and showing us all how brilliantly intellectual and magnanimous they are. Of course, it goes without saying, that if they meant a word they said and truly cared about the abuse of Peterson’s son, they never would have published pictures of the child (i.e., his wounds) without obtaining consent to do so from the mother. Don’t think for a second the media isn’t cognizant of its ethical obligation not to post pictures of even the name of a child victim. But in its rush to sensationalize the story, even the victim became road kill to the rampant political agenda that is at work here. The prosecutor is pissed about the leaks, the mother is outraged, everyone will know who the kid is by the time he starts school and Mark Rosen sounded like a frickin’ bumbling half-wit on KFAN trying to defend his network’s (WCCO) decision to run the pictures. That’s the story inside the story that you’re not hearing about: It’s illegal to disclose material evidence from a grand jury indictment. Hopefully a legitimate effort will be made to ascertain who did it, considering that person is as guilty of child abuse as Peterson is.

    3. I agree with everything MMACCTG said except, “The outrage should be directed at changing the laws in Texas that allows this form of parenting.”

      I don’t think corporal punishment should be outlawed and – I can’t believe I’m about to say this about reactionary frickin’ Texas – Texas’ distinction between child abuse and negligence actually recognizes, you know, REALITY.

  6. “The League informed the team of the option to place Adrian on the Exempt/Commissioner’s Permission list”
    Anheuser-Busch isn’t happy about this and would like you to suspend Peterson.

  7. I’m assuming he will spend some time with his kids.

    So there we have it. Public outcry wins and none of this matters 2 to 12 months from now. What an utter waste.

  8. Well I could do a longish comment but I won’t. If the Vikings are done with him I suspect he will sign with New England or San Fran or Dallas or NY Giants or some other classy organization with classy management and legal departments. And everyone there will be happy that the podunk Vikings from Scandahoovia got punked again.

    And all those guys saying Release Hardy but let Macdonald have his day in court (ESPN, Peter King) turn right around and say : release Peterson in the same breath.
    Did he take fully legal discipline too far? Maybe. But that’s a question of degree isn’t it? That’s a quantitative not qualitative thing. Just like the man who offered a guy’s wife $1000 then $5000 then $10000 to sleep with her; at 100,000 she says ‘well …, but you must understand I’m not that kind of girl’. “Madame, we have already established you are a prostitute, we are only merely negotiating the price…”
    Any way, *in loco parentis* means something, not nothing: therein lies the difference between beating a GF (never not ill intent or malice, because the beater has no legal or other responsibility over against his GF’s behavior or person) and beating your child (maybe – maybe not). Yeah OK that was a long rant.

  9. Well one good thing about this weeks mess is that the Saints probably already had their game plan in and it most likely keyed heavily on AD defensively. They’ll have to change some things around now.
    Wished we could have waited until Friday to sit AD.
    Now if the Coaching staff will only remember that CP rushed for over 100 yards the last time he was used in the backfield, two weeks ago. . .

  10. I cant believe this part ~ Craziest thing I have ever heard after all the flack they have received over wanting to play him this Sunday ~

    ((( Whether Adrian Peterson plays again this year will depend on when legal case is resolved. But Vikings intend to bring him back, per sources.
    8:51 AM – 17 Sep 2014 )))

    1. If I worked with or for someone for eight years that I have grown to respect, that has value to me. Now this is speculation, but is it really so outlandish that there are people inside Winter Park that would want to continue working with Adrian and help see him through this? The results of this act are horrible to me, but I don’t think we are dealing with real evil, and I know lots of people I work with that I would not just turn my back on.

      What Adrian or Hardy or Rice have allegedly done make them deserving of punishment. Call me an idealist, but I don’t think they are deserving of having the entire world give up on them as human beings.

      1. Again… Ray Lewis… blood of the victim found on his coat… never missed a single game…

        And he actually now works for the media (ESPN).

        Double-standard or redemption?

  11. If you’re in jail you can’t play. …otherwise you’re probably good.
    I’m agree with Cal, let’s see if we can plea this out.

  12. Adam per your latest comment: yes I too was wondering what the fellow Vikings thought. And wouldn’t they be able to help the man adjust and re-center himself, and yes grow up? Wouldn’t that too be ‘rehabilitation’?

    Everyone who has worked with him says he is the nicest fellow, and they don’t seem to be just saying that. Ndomukong Suh and Ray Lewis (and Rice too) have a kind of ‘gangsta thing’ going as part of their persona on field at least. But that’s seemingly OK.

  13. I have known organizations that allowed sexual harassment, among other things (attempted poisoning of a spouse) to just slide. And these were clinics and hospitals. Where, you might think, personal conduct was to be put on kind of a premium. Rehabilitation was best done ‘in house’ they thought.

    1. To be clear, I am not advocating that anybody let anything “slide.” He should not be denied a chance at personal redemption, however.

  14. I am not either. I am saying that it is a bit much that certain institutions can be considered incorruptible that are not in reality, and others must be made so that were never so considered. And then there’s the ones that ought to be and are not, like financial institutions.

    1. Absolutely. After Dayton’s statement yesterday I said on Twitter: If our elected officials were held to the same standards as our NFL players are, then 90% of our government officials would be suspended.

  15. maybe the nfl could impound all or some of a player’s game checks during this kind of time out, then consider what to do with their money after resolution of their case. you wanna get their attention and make ’em behave? then take their money, that should do it. the nfl could give them credit for time served when they mete out game suspension punishment. that’ll probably never be done, tho, due to having bills to pay, unions, agents, alimony, etc., and that little rule about being innocent until proven guilty. it’s just that, if a guy becomes radioactive and knows he’ll never play again and strings things out, he gets away with it as far as the league is concerned. the williams’ starcaps thing comes to mind, too, with pat close to retiring, except that his lawyer got his money instead

    AD probably won’t do time in jail or pay a big fine to the court, in fact, if he took it to trial, he could win an acquittal down there, but he’ll never again get as big an nfl contract as he’s got now, so if he’s cut after this year and then his case is resolved next year and the nfl suspends him, he won’t lose nearly as much in suspension penalty money if he gets picked up by another club. regardless, he’s probably lost plenty of endorsement money, but not all players have that at stake

    sad thing is, even if there were greater consequences involved for AD right now, he probably still would’ve punished his kids the same way, thinking he was right and helping them. i grew up in mpls., and i wasn’t physically punished much as a child, but there was a point in my later childhood where i told my mother that hitting me wouldn’t do any good, and i wasn’t hit again. i don’t use corporal punishment on my kids, either. in some cases, corporal punishment for kids might be ok if it’s very, very light, because i feel that there’s enough negative emotional impact on the child that is being punished that that is enough. for the kids that don’t respond to that, i’m sure there are other strategies to try before one has to resort to wounding them, but in any case, not for a four year old, ever. i think AD is a good person, but like they say, hell is paved with good intentions

    1. I think you meant “HYPOCRITES!!!!,” although citing the ancient author of the physician’s Hippocratic Oath in comparison to Anheuser-Busch, sellers of poison, might just have been a rather sophisticated and historically minded comment on your part.

  16. Just watched the presser,talk about 3 startled deers staring into the headlights! Mark Wilf should just shut up,some of his answers made no sense at all.”We just want to get it right” translation “the NFL told us to do this or we are screwed financially”
    Rick Spielman normally looks in control and confident in his pressers,but looked more like a guy who was very uncomfortably following a rigid script.
    Living in Australia, most of this stuff unfolds while I am sleeping,so I have to constantly play catchups.To suddenly read on of a whole bunch of player suspensions under the “Commisioners Exemption” something that most of us have never heard of,and then to hear the Vikings trying to sell it as “It was solely our decision,the NFL had no input” is so laughable it’s ridiculous.If you believe that,then you can believe that I just returned from a trip to Mars with a purple cat!