Running back Adrian Peterson is expected to play this Sunday for the Minnesota Vikings.
Peterson did not play yesterday against the New England Patriots. The star NFL player was deactivated after he was arrested for child abuse.
The Vikings said today that they have reinstated Peterson and said that it would wait to punish the running back until after the investigation into his arrest is complete.
Owners Zygi Wilf and Mark Wilf released a statement today, saying:
“Today’s decision was made after significant thought, discussion and consideration … As evidenced by our decision to deactivate Adrian from yesterday’s game, this is clearly a very important issue. On Friday, we felt it was in the best interests of the organization to step back, evaluate the situation, and not rush to judgment given the seriousness of this matter. At that time, we made the decision that we felt was best for the Vikings and all parties involved.
“To be clear, we take very seriously any matter that involves the welfare of a child. At this time, however, we believe this is a matter of due process and we should allow the legal system to proceed so we can come to the most effective conclusions and then determine the appropriate course of action. This is a difficult path to navigate, and our focus is on doing the right thing. Currently we believe we are at a juncture where the most appropriate next step is to allow the judicial process to move forward.
“We will continue to monitor the situation closely and support Adrian’s fulfillment of his legal responsibilities throughout this process.”
ESPN reports that Adrian Peterson was indicted for reckless injury to a child last week. The Vikings running back reportedly beat one of his sons with a tree branch. He will appear in court on Wednesday where he is expected to enter a plea. If he is found guilty, Peterson could be sentenced to two years in prison.
Peterson hasn’t said much to the press about his arrest but he did tweet out this passage about judgement.
— Adrian Peterson (@AdrianPeterson) September 14, 2014
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