Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton: Vikings 'should suspend' Adrian Peterson

Adrian Peterson is expected to play this week. (USATSI)
The Minnesota governor says the Vikings 'should suspend' Adrian Peterson. (USATSI)

After Adrian Peterson was indicted on child abuse charges, the Vikings deactivated him for their Week 2 matchup against the Patriots. After New England eviscerated Minnesota, the Vikings reinstated him on Monday.

This has many people questioning the Vikings' motivation, particularly after they offered flimsy excuses and poor reasoning at a Monday press conference. Add the Minnesota governor to the list of people unhappy with the team, as Mark Dayton called for the Vikes to suspend Peterson effective immediately.

"It is an awful situation. 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," Dayton said in a statement.

"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.

"However, I will not turn my back on the Vikings and their fans, as some have suggested. The Vikings belong to Minnesota -- and in Minnesota. This has been the team's only home; and our citizens, including myself, have been its most dedicated fans."

The gov's got a pretty good point here: Playing Peterson under the guise of due process is fairly shameful, particularly after the Vikings deactivated him right up to the point where they were blown out by the Patriots.

It's a tough line to walk, but Peterson admits he did what's being examined by a court of law. The only question is whether he went too far under Texas law.

Also from Minnesota pol front, senator Al Franken issued the following statement:

“It was absolutely heartbreaking to hear about what happened to this child,” Franken said in a statement. “I’m a diehard Vikings fan, and watching the games on Sundays has been one of my favorite things to do since I was a kid. But this is just wrong, and I think the Vikings made the wrong decision here. This is in the hands of law enforcement now, and it must go through the judicial process, but I don’t believe Adrian Peterson should be allowed to play until that happens. A lot of kids look up to these players, and it’s not OK for the Vikings to send the signal that what happened is acceptable. This is bigger than a football game.”
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