ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says the Vikings’ overnight decision to put running back Adrian Peterson on hiatus was the right move.
Less than 48 hours after a widely-criticized announcement that Peterson would rejoin the team while addressing a felony child-abuse charge, owners Mark and Zygi Wilf reconsidered and placed the team’s star player on the exempt-commissioner’s permission list. Peterson is accused in Texas of using a wooden switch to spank his 4-year-old son.READ MORE: Minnesota Budget Forecast Expected To Show More Improvement
The initial decision to let Peterson play triggered rebukes from sponsors and politicians including Dayton, who called Peterson’s actions an embarrassment.READ MORE: Shadow Of George Floyd Case Hangs Over Kim Potter's Trial
In a Wednesday statement to The Associated Press, Dayton says the team’s reversal was “the right decision.”
A spokesman for the governor says Dayton did not speak with team owners about Peterson’s status.MORE NEWS: North Shore Residents Embrace Snow Amid Frigid Cold
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