Minnesota Governor slams Peterson

Minnesota Governor slams Peterson

Adrian Peterson's child abuse charges had Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton speaking his mind on the sensitive situation. Plainly put, Dayton said that Peterson should be suspended immediately.

In a statement, Dayton said, "It is an awful situation. Yes, Mr. Peterson is entitled to due process and should be 'innocent until proven guilty.' However, he is a public figure, and his actions, as described, are a public embarrassment to the Vikings organization and the State of Minnesota."

"Whipping a child to the extent of visible wounds, as has been alleged, should not be tolerated in our state. Therefore, I believe the team should suspend Mr. Peterson, until the accusations of child abuse have been resolved by the criminal justice system."

"However, I will not turn my back on the Vikings and their fans, as some have suggested. The Vikings belong to Minnesota -- and in Minnesota. This has been the team's only home; and our citizens, including myself, have been its most dedicated fans."

Vikings deactivated Peterson upon the news break for Week 2 where they faced the New England Patriots. After a brutal loss, Peterson was reactivated the next day where he is expected to play Week 3 in New Orleans.

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