The Minnesota Vikings have announced that running Adrian Peterson will "fully participate" in all team activities this week and he is expected to play in next Sunday's game, following an indictment and arrest for child abuse on Friday. This comes after Peterson missed a practice last week. He admitted that he did "whoop" his son and reports indicate he used a switch on the young boy. Last year, another son of Peterson's, a two-year old, died after allegedly being abused by his mother's boyfriend, who is awaiting trial for murder.
Here's the complete statement from Zygi and Mark Wilf, the Viking owners:
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.
The NFL has also announced they will create the role of "Vice President of Social Responsibility." The title will go to Anna Isaacson, who was previously the NFL Vice President of Community Affairs and Philanthropy. Commissioner Roger Goodell also created a panel of senior outside advisors to help craft a policy for dealing with domestic violence: Lisa Friel (former head of the Sex Crimes Prosecution Unit in the New York County District Attorney’s Office), Jane Randel (co-founder of NO MORE, an organization specializing in domestic violence and sexual assault conversation) and Rita Smith ( former executive director of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.)
Update (2:30 p.m. ET): On Monday afternoon, Peterson released a statement, which is posted below (via ESPN's Adam Schefter.)
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