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Adrian Peterson Blasts Star Tribune for "Orgy" Report

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Last night, embattled Vikings running back Adrian Peterson took to Twitter to put the Star Tribune on blast for its big Sunday feature, "Behind Peterson's perfect image lay an imperfect human being."

AP tweeted out a list of 11 talking points, texted to him by a contact identified in his phone as "Place," each of which attempts to poke holes in the Strib's reporting.

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The Strib report, co-bylined by Mike Kaszuba, Rochelle Olson, and Paul McEnroe, details how Peterson's All Day Foundation "has filed contradictory financial records," but AP says the reporters conflated two separate Straight From the Heart Ministry organizations, one based in Maryland, another in California. (As Peterson points out, a previous ESPN report didn't confuse the two.)

Another aspect of the Strib's reporting Peterson objects to pertains to this passage about a wild late 2011 night in an Eden Prairie hotel room that later came under investigation by Hennepin County authorities (note that the Strib never uses the word "orgy" to describe the scene):
The 38-page police report details a night of drinking, arguing and sex that involved the running back, two relatives -- including Peterson's brother, a minor -- and four women, in various pairs. One of those present, Chris Brown, a Peterson relative who lives with him in Eden Prairie, told police that he paid for the room using a company credit card for Peterson's All Day, Inc.

As the night wore on, the report says, one woman who said she knew Peterson previously became upset when she saw him having sex with another woman. She started an argument that lasted at least an hour. According to the report, when she told him that she was "emotionally attached to him," Peterson reminded her that he was engaged to another woman and had a baby.

The next day one of the women filed a police complaint that was investigated for months. Peterson insisted on his innocence and, at one point, arrived to provide evidence at police headquarters through a back door, his face shrouded by the hood of his sweatshirt.
Peterson was never charged. In the tweets published last night, AP, who got married last year, suggests he doesn't lead a promiscuous lifestyle anymore, and asserts payment for the hotel room in question didn't involve any financial improprieties pertaining to his foundations, regardless of what his relative initially told police.

Without further ado, here's what Peterson had to say, via "Place," about the Strib report:
-- Adrian Peterson (@AdrianPeterson) October 8, 2014 The substance of AP's talking points aside, many questioned his strategy of mounting a defense on social media. Deadspin characterized the talking points as "dumb" and his tweets as "a really bad idea," while others urged him to just leave the damage control to the pros: Others, meanwhile, had a bit of fun with AP's unusual move of tweeting out texts: Peterson is due in court in Texas today, where he's widely expect to plead not guilty to the child abuse charges he faces.

Meanwhile, during an appearance on KFAN last night, Paul McEnroe, one of the Strib reporters whose byline appears on the big AP feature, vociferously defended the reporting he and his colleagues did for the story.

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