(This post was written on the night of Sept. 16, 2014., just hours before the Minnesota Vikings decided to deactivate Adrian Peterson until his legal issues have been settled. Because of that, I published the post, but never distributed it. Still, the sentiments I expressed still hold true, particularly in retrospect. Undoubtedly, they’ll hold true for someone else in the future, too.)
Five days ago — what seems like an eternity in the wake of a flood of ire and opinion on every kind of media — the Minnesota Vikings deactivated All-Pro running back Adrian Peterson after he was indicted for abusing his four year-old son with a switch.
By doing so, they seemed to be saying, “Adrian Peterson’s behavior is unacceptable and at odds with the moral standards supported by the Minnesota Vikings. For that reason, he will not be playing for our team.”
Then, Monday, the Vikings said that Peterson would be playing in this coming Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints.
What the team’s message is now is open to wide interpretation, much of it unflattering, but the action had consequences.