Today I found myself having an opinion about the Vikings. In other news, pigs have flown and Hell has frozen over.
Of course I have an opinion about Adrian Peterson and the child abuse charges brought against him last week; anyone with eyes and a heart does. I also have an opinion about the Vikings’ decision to reinstate Peterson Monday.
It’s dumb, and I mean that in the truest sense of the word.
Management argues, “we believe he deserves to play while the legal process plays out.”
Why? Will Adrian Peterson suffer some irreparable harm if he’s not allowed to play?
He’s a public figure who works for a highly visible organization. The only thing his presence on the field is likely to do is cause a distraction.
Management also said of their decision Monday, “This is a difficult path to navigate regarding the judgment of how a parent disciplines his child.”
Actually, it’s not a difficult path. It’s pretty straight forward and unambiguous.
A grand jury indicted Adrian Peterson on a felony child abuse charge on Friday, and this case does not regard “the judgment of how a parent disciplines his child.”
Abuse is not discipline. Abuse is abuse.
Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman even admits, “the photos are disturbing…”
Then what are we arguing about?
Why not send the message that you take child abuse seriously (as well as domestic violence, racism or any other of the laundry list of issues the NFL has struggled with of late)?
Take Peterson off the field until the case is adjuticated.
Better to lose a few games than your conscience.