Vikings place Peterson on exempt list, cannot participate in team activities

FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2014, file photo, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson warms up for an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams in St. Louis. The Vikings benched Peterson for Sunday's game after his attorney said he had been indicted by a Texas grand jury on a charge of child abuse. Attorney Rusty Hardin says the charge accuses Peterson of using a branch, or switch, to spank his son. He says Peterson has cooperated with authorities and "used his judgment as a parent to discipline his son." Hardin says Peterson regrets the incident but never intended to harm the boy. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam, File)

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (WANE) – The Minnesota Vikings have reversed course on superstar running back Adrian Peterson.

The team announced early Wednesday morning Peterson was placed on the Exempt/Comissioner’s Permission list.

Peterson is facing a felony charge of injury to a child after spanking his 4-year-old son with a wooden switch, which allegedly caused injury to the boy.

The running back was deactivated last week by the team and did not play Sunday. Team officials announced Monday he would return to the team and participate in on-field activities.

Tuesday, the Radisson hotel chain suspended its relationship with the Vikings. Some merchandising sponsors, like Nike, have stopped selling items with his name on it.

Shortly before 2 a.m. Wednesday morning, team officials announced Peterson would be placed on the exempt list. The designation requires, “…Peterson remain away from all team activities while allowing him to take care of his personal situation until the legal proceedings are resolved,” Vikings’ owners Zygi Wilf and Mark Wilf said in a statement.

Below is a statement released by the Wilf’s:

Eden Prairie, MN (September 17, 2014) – 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


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