The Minnesota Vikings announced on Monday that they would be reinstating running back Adrian Peterson, who was deactivated for Sunday’s loss to the New England Patriots.
Vikings owners Zygi Wilf and Mark Wilf said in a statement that “[t]oday’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,” they continued, “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.”
Peterson was deactivated after he allegedly beat his 4-year-old son with a switch. Peterson said in a statement on Monday that “I am, without a doubt, not a child abuser.”
“I have to live with the fact that when I disciplined my son the way I was disciplined as a child, I caused an injury that I never intended or thought would happen,” he said. “I am someone that disciplined his child and did not intend to cause him any injury. No one can understand the hurt that I feel for my son and for the harm I caused him. My goal is always to teach my son right from wrong and that’s what I tried to do that day.”