Adrian Peterson and the Vikings have a lot of making up to do before the star running back suits up for the Purple again.
Yesterday ESPN published the first in-depth interview he's granted since the season ended, in which he takes several shots at the team and local media for how the whole suspension saga was handled. See also: Adrian Peterson Blasts Star Tribune for "Orgy" Report
Peterson said he's "still uneasy" about returning because he was ambushed when the Vikings decided to suspend him.
ESPN asked if he could sit down with key members of the organization to try to mend the relationship. He said, "It's way deeper than that. It's definitely not that easy. In any situation, people will say what they need to say to make things better. I discovered that a long time ago."
Peterson is also mad at the local media, which we're guessing has something to do with the Star Tribune sending three of its best investigative reporters to dig up dirt on him for a monster Sunday feature that ran in October.
"I have a wife who was able to sit back and see how people in Minnesota said this and said that, how media in Minnesota took the head of the situation with my child, and were digging into things that weren't even relevant."
"This is how they treat me when I'm down and out? You kick me? My wife (and I), we've had several conversations about me returning to Minnesota, what the best options are. If I left it up to her, I'd be somewhere else today, and that's with her weighing everything."
AP seems to forget he was arrested for beating his three-year-old child bloody with a switch. Now he's playing the victim instead of sincerely apologizing and moving on.
He's under contract for next year, but if he doesn't want to come collect his $12.75 million the Vikings should get rid of him immediately and walk away from this whole mess.
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