Adrian Peterson should never play another down in the NFL for the Minnesota Vikings.
The 29-year-old running back is free on bond for his felony child abuse charge that took place in September and after admitting he “smoked a little weed” before his urinalysis Wednesday, Texas prosecutors are seeking his arrest, again.
Saying it’s been a rough stretch for Peterson over the past month is the understatement of the decade. And Vikings fans have had enough.
It shouldn’t matter if when Peterson is released, his 2015 cap hit is $15.4 million; it shouldn’t matter if the Vikings trade him for 30 cents on the dollar; it shouldn’t matter if he tweets verses from the New Testament. Peterson should never take another carry for the Vikings.
According to the New York Times, from 2000 to Sept. 12, 2014, there have been 713 instances in which NFL players have been arrested. The Minnesota Vikings are No. 1 on the list.
The league average since 2000 is 22 arrests per team and according to the New York Times, the Vikings have doubled the league average with 44 arrests.
What was a major problem during the Mike Tice, love boat and Randy Moss era, the Vikings’ players off-the-field issues have emerged again thanks, in part, to Jerome Simpson, Erin Henderson and Peterson, to name a few players.
The consistency of player arrests has scarred the Vikings as a team, franchise and business. Being mentioned in the same breath as the Portland “Jail” Blazers from the 2000s is a public relations disaster, and it’s a quick way for fans to start turning on ownership.
Zygi Wilf and Mark Wilf took ownership of the team in 2005, and it’s now or never for them to clean up the Vikings’ troubles with the law.
And it starts with the removal of Peterson.
Regardless of views on disciplining your child, womanizing and “smoking a little weed,” we would be mistaken to believe Peterson is innocent for lack of common sense. His actions have been consistently ignorant as his perception grows of seeing himself as someone who is above the law. Peterson has no sense of the magnitude of his actions or the person he is portraying to be to the rest of the world. Publishing a picture of yourself kissing one of your many children on the Internet and quoting scripture can only carry so much weight for so long. Eventually, the public needs to see genuine change in the person that Peterson is today.
And for the stoners, smoking marijuana in the state of Texas is a criminal act and toking up while out on bond is the most nonsensical act any alleged criminal can do. That’s right, I said criminal. That’s what Peterson would be right now.
The past 500 or so words may have upset Viking fans. ‘Ah man, what is this guy talking about? AP has been the best player to wear purple since Moss.’
It’s a morality issue at this point, whether you believe he should be on the team or not. And if you believe Peterson should be on the team, ask yourself this: If Matt Asiata were to act in the way Peterson has over his career, would he be taking week six snaps, or would he be back on the loading dock where the Vikings found him?
Standards are set and expected to be maintained throughout an organization. If an individual makes a habit of not maintaining standards, you cut the loose end, no matter how many yards he runs for.