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Should The Vikings Force Adrian Peterson To Sit On The Sideline Until His Child Abuse Case Is Resolved?

Submitted by on September 16, 2014 – 6:13 pm12 Comments

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is going to suit up and take the field on Sunday afternoon for a game against the New Orleans Saints. But at the moment, there are a lot of people who don’t want to see him do it. Peterson was arrested late last week after getting hit with a child abuse-related charge in Texas for using a switch to discipline his 4-year-old son from Minnesota earlier this year. But despite this, the Vikings have said that they’re going to let him play—and that isn’t sitting well with people who want to see him disciplined immediately for what he’s been charged with.

One of the people who wants to see AP sit down on Sunday is Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton. He released a statement earlier today saying that he wants to see the Vikings suspend Peterson immediately, even though he hasn’t received the right to go through the legal process yet.

“It is an awful situation,” Gov. Dayton said in the statement. “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.”

And you know what? The more we think about it, the more we realize that he’s correct. Even though Peterson does deserve the right to go through the legal process, that shouldn’t stop the Vikings from doing what’s right and sitting him down. Right now, Peterson is a huge distraction for the team and is drawing the ire of many fans. So Minnesota needs to reconsider their decision to play him on Sunday and sit him down until he goes through the legal process. And if they don’t? The NFL should step in and make them do it. With everything else that’s going on in the league right now, it’s what needs to be done.

What do you think about the Vikings’ decision to play Peterson on Sunday? Should they pull him from the lineup—or does he deserve to take the football field?

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