From the cover of the New York Daily News on Monday that featured a smiling Vikings fan carrying a switch, to the dozens of reporters and photographers who descended on Winter Park Wednesday for a news conference, criticism of the team has been harsh. As the Vikings owners explained yet another about face, the analysis from ESPN’s analysts was tough.
The Vikings hold a title the team doesn’t celebrate – the most players arrested in the NFL. According to USA Today, 45 Minnesota Vikings have been arrested since 2000. That’s double the league average.
The fallout is coming from all angles in the Adrian Peterson case. From the actual criminal charges to the Vikings decision to have him return this week, the politicians voicing their displeasure over that move to sponsors dropping out, and some charity team activities canceled Tuesday, the fallout is big.
A Twin Cities advertising executive thinks some of the backlash that’s happening because of the Adrian Peterson indictment will eventually fade, and won’t hurt the Vikings organization. Doug Spong is president of the Spong agency.
The father of a two-month-old Belle Plaine, Minn. boy has been charged with murder in connection with the infant’s death. Joshua Scott Sundblad, 24, has been charged with one count of third degree murder.
A religious leader in southern Minnesota will go back on trial next week, as a couple fights for the life savings they left behind once they left his group. Beyond the courtroom, the back and forth is also playing out in a small town newspaper.
A lawsuit has exposed deep-seated secrets surrounding a religious group in southern Minnesota. For 35 years, Suzanne and Karl Solum were members of a Christian ministry called Maranatha in Spring Grove, Minn. They pooled all their money with everyone else in the group but when they left six years ago, they wanted their share and sued.
Archbishop John Nienstedt spent most of the day answering questions under oath about clergy sex abuse. After the deposition, however, clergy sex abuse Attorney Jeff Anderson accused the Archbishop of failing to turn over court ordered documents and refusing to answer key questions.
A former student is suing a Faribault prep school in Rice County District Court alleging it allowed a teacher to continue to sexually exploit students.