Look, no one is ever going to confuse Adrian Peterson with a rocket scientist, but for a man who ran afoul of the law after beating his son and was suspended with pay by the Minnesota Vikings, he shows a remarkable lack of humility, gratitude and intelligence in the wake of all that.
Peterson went on a nine-post Twitter rant yesterday to protest what he perceives as mistreatment by the Vikings and their lack of honoring his contract. Ummm…last time I checked the Vikings could have just released him after his arrest. They would have been well within their rights had they done so. Just ask Ray Rice and the Baltimore Ravens. The Vikings didn’t do that and continued to pay him.
I think this is a blatant attempt to extort a contract extension and more money out of the Vikings, or piss them off enough so that they’ll trade him. From the start of his legal problems, he seemed to feel that the team had somehow disrespected him. I guess that’s because they suspended him. I ask, what were they supposed to do?
Now, to further “punish” the Vikings, Peterson has sat out the team’s OTAs, something you would think would be valuable for a guy who hasn’t played for a year! And how do you think his teammates feel about it? I’ll wager it’s not positive.
Peterson has insisted it’s not personal, it’s business. He claims he’s trying to secure his future with the franchise (read: extort money from them by holding out). Eric Weddle is doing something similar with the Chargers, though he’s in a much stronger position, given that he wasn’t arrested and suspended. It’s still wrong, but it doesn’t smell quite as bad.
Considering everything that happens, you’d think Peterson might show a little humility at what led to his suspension, show a little gratitude to the franchise that honored his contract and didn’t release him, and stop acting like someone who is entitled. Then again, if you read his rant and take everything into consideration, it’s not hard to see he’s not the brightest bulb on the tree and is getting some very bad advice from someone.
Time to zip the lip, put the smart phone away, and show that he’s still a player worthy of a new contract. How about this…. why doesn’t he honor his current contract. What a novel idea!