Crit­i­cism mount­ing for Vik­ings, Adrian Peter­son

The Covington News - - THE WIRE -

MIN­NEAPO­LIS (AP) — For as long as he’s been in the NFL, Adrian Peter­son has been one of the most popular and most mar­ketable stars in the league, an ap­proach­able su­per­star with the kind of in­spi­ra­tional come­back story that made him an en­dorser’s dream.

Now that he is fac­ing a felony charge of child abuse for spank­ing his 4-year-old son with a wooden switch, the Min­nesota Vik­ings run­ning back is fac­ing crit­i­cism like he never has be­fore. In the wake of the Vik­ings’ decision to al­low Peter­son to play while the le­gal process plays out in Texas, at least one team spon­sor has sus­pended its re­la­tion­ship with the team, the gov­er­nor has is­sued a pub­lic re­buke and stores are pulling Peter­son mer­chan­dise from their shelves.

“It is an aw­ful sit­u­a­tion,” Gov. Mark Day­ton said Tues­day. “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.”

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