The Minnesota Vikings suspended star running back Adrian Peterson indefinitely late Tuesday night, the third of the team’s decisions following Peterson’s indictment on charges of child abuse.
“After giving the situation additional thought, we have decided this is the appropriate course of action for the organization and for Adrian,” the Vikings said in a statement Tuesday.
The team deactivated Peterson from last week’s game and promptly lost to the New England Patriots; Peterson was then promptly reinstated. That was until Radisson Hotels pulled its sponsorship of the Vikings, which was followed by a worried statement from major NFL sponsor Anheuser-Busch.
Peterson is accused of beating his son with a switch hard enough to cause injuries; he turned himself in to authorities last weekend and was released on bail. Since the indictment reports of an earlier abuse incident have surfaced.
“This is the best possible outcome given the circumstances,” Peterson’s agent said. “Adrian understands the gravity of the situation and this enables him to take care of his personal situation. We fully support Adrian and he looks forward to watching his teammates and coaches being successful during his absence.”
After the decision, Peterson posted the following message on Twitter:
— Adrian Peterson (@AdrianPeterson) September 17, 2014
[h/t ABC News]
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