Adrian Peterson’s return to the Minnesota Vikings is in jeopardy amid concerns over his physical and mental state following felony child abuse charges and there is no guarantee he will be welcomed back if he’s reinstated, CBS News reports.
The team took a significant public relations hit due to its handling of Peterson after the initial charges came to light, as well as losing a key sponsor, and has become very sensitive to how it would look to welcome back a player once unquestionably the face of the franchise under these circumstances and following this prolonged legal saga.
While Peterson pled “no-contest” to a misdemeanor assault charge, that did not include any child abuse designations, the pictures of the wounds on the victim, his four-year old son, have been widely circulated on the Internet and Peterson never denied striking him repeatedly with a switch.
Peterson admitted to using marijuana to a court employee during one hearing and he is not in game shape, according to sources with knowledge of the situation, and has not been working out nearly to the degree he would have if he were playing. His marijuana use raises obvious red flags and, given his status as the greatest running back of his era, someone who ran for 2,000 yards not that long ago and demanded a significant part of the offensive snaps, there are concerns as well about how he might mesh with a young group of running backs who have been ascending. Source: CBS Sports