Adrian Peterson ‘anxious to start a new chapter,’ get on with his life
While Adrian Peterson’s NFL career remains in limbo — not to mention his future with the Minnesota Vikings — ahead of his meeting with Commissioner Roger Goodell and league officials on Tuesday in New York, comments made by the running back indicate he’s ready to move on from the only team with which he has played professionally.
Peterson told ESPN’s Josina Anderson that he’s eager to share with the league what he and his family have endured during an ordeal that began with child abuse charges coming to light that landed him on the commissioner’s exempt list for almost the entirety of last season. He later was suspended by the league, a punishment that was later vacated in arbitration. Still, Peterson remains on the exempt list ahead of his meeting with NFL officials.
Peterson reportedly told Anderson that his meeting is scheduled for this afternoon but a planned follow-up counseling session is planned beforehand.
Overall, though, the running back he is prepared to begin the next stage of his career.
“I am anxious to start a new chapter and get on with the rest of my life,” Peterson told Anderson.
It’s unclear exactly what Peterson meant by his comments, although it can be reasonably inferred at minimum he hopes to be removed from the exempt list following his meeting. On the other hand, it could also mean he hopes to be playing for a different team come next season, something the Vikings have universally discounted that scenario as a possibility.
The Vikings organization and Peterson’s agent, Ben Dogra, have been butting heads in public of late, with Dogra saying he and his client “want out of Minnesota.” Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer countered Dogra’s comments by suggesting Peterson should honor his contract with the team, which runs for another three seasons.
The entire situation obviously has been an ugly one, going back to the original charges and the resolution of Peterson’s criminal case and continuing to the running back’s battle with the NFL and the apparent disconnect he has with the Vikings. Some resolution hopefully will be in the offing following Peterson’s meeting with the league, presuming his reinstatement by the league comes soon thereafter.