Vikings put Adrian Peterson on exempt list

Adrian PetersonThe Minnesota Vikings sent out a statement early Wednesday morning announcing that they have placed Adrian Peterson on the exempt/commissioner’s permission list, meaning the running back will be away from the team until his legal proceedings have been resolved. Yes, that means Peterson will likely be away from the team for a long time.

The Vikings initially said on Monday that Peterson would be welcomed back and preparing to play in Week 3, but many things changed after that. A report emerged later in the day that Peterson was investigated for allegedly beating another one of his sons. Sponsors like Radisson, Castrol and Anheuser-Busch then spoke out about their unhappiness with the league and team’s handling of matters, putting pressure on the Vikings to act. They finally did.

Below is the statement sent by the team:

This has been an ongoing and deliberate process since last Friday’s news. In conversations with the NFL over the last two days, the Vikings advised the League of the team’s decision to revisit the situation regarding Adrian Peterson. In response, the League informed the team of the option to place Adrian on the Exempt/Commissioner’s Permission list, which will require that Adrian remain away from all team activities while allowing him to take care of his personal situation until the legal proceedings are resolved. After giving the situation additional thought, we have decided this is the appropriate course of action for the organization and for Adrian.

We are always focused on trying to make the right decision as an organization. We embrace our role – and the responsibilities that go with it – as a leader in the community, as a business partner and as an organization that can build bridges with our fans and positively impact this great region. We appreciate and value the input we have received from our fans, our partners and the community.

While we were trying to make a balanced decision yesterday, after further reflection we have concluded that this resolution is best for the Vikings and for Adrian. We want to be clear: we have a strong stance regarding the protection and welfare of children, and we want to be sure we get this right. At the same time we want to express our support for Adrian and acknowledge his seven-plus years of outstanding commitment to this organization and this community. Adrian emphasized his desire to avoid further distraction to his teammates and coaches while focusing on his current situation; this resolution accomplishes these objectives as well.

We will support Adrian during this legal and personal process, but we firmly believe and realize this is the right decision. We hope that all of our fans can respect the process that we have gone through to reach this final decision. – Zygi Wilf and Mark Wilf

There was simply too much national focus on Peterson and too much pressure on the team for them not to act. This is something they had to do despite their obvious reluctance. You know they’re not happy about having to do it, which is why they announced the news when most of the country was already in bed. And from the sounds of things, it seems like the NFL “urged” them to do this.

Shortly after the news broke, Peterson posted this message to his Twitter account:

Peterson is due over $12 million next season and will be 30. The reality is that he may never play with the team again.

Broncos fans petition to get Phil Simms off their games

Phil Simms CBS

Denver Broncos fans are so sick of having color commentator Phil Simms broadcast their games on CBS they’ve started a petition to get the former New York Giants quarterback off their games.

The title of the petition is “Ban Phil Simms From Broadcasting Bronco Games,” and it was created by The Denver City Page. The petition is directed towards CBS and was launched on the website Change.org.

“We do not know why he is assigned to the Broncos games every year. It is sure and complete torture for Bronco Fans to have to listen to his biased drivel every week. Please sign this petition so our voice can be heard. We are tired of Phil Simms in Denver!” the petition states.

The Broncos have been regularly featured as the national game on CBS the past couple of years because they have superstar MVP quarterback Peyton Manning and one of the highest-scoring offenses in football. Couple that with them being in the Mountain Time Zone, and that results in them being the top CBS game. As a result, the top CBS broadcasting crew of Jim Nantz and Simms are assigned the game, leading Broncos fans to repeatedly hear the same guys call their games. And they’re sick of Simms.

Broncos fan site MileHighReport.com says Simms argued against the Broncos/lobbied in favor of the Chiefs for “virtually every penalty or near-penalty or close call under review” during Sunday’s Week 2 game. Simms was so aware of his slanted calls he even said, “I’m not sitting here rooting for the Kansas City Chiefs, but…” at one point.

Sports fans are incredibly fickle and can find anything to get upset about, so we wouldn’t put much stock into this. I will, however, say that Simms has become pretty annoying to me as a broadcaster. Then again, listen to enough guys enough and most of them will probably bother you.

The petition had 15,000 signatures as of Monday. They probably could get a couple hundred thousand if they wanted … and none of that would matter to CBS.

Photo: Twitter/cjzero

Richard Sherman ‘exposed’ by Chargers offense

Richard Sherman was “exposed” by the San Diego Chargers on Sunday, multiple Chargers believe.

Richard Sherman U MadThe Chargers beat the Seattle Seahawks 30-21 and threw for 284 yards and three touchdowns. Unlike Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, who did not throw at Sherman once in a Week 1 loss at Seattle, the Chargers were not afraid to throw at Sherman.

From what we understand, San Diego completed three passes on Sherman, though that stat is unconfirmed. They did enough to “expose” him they felt (take a look at the video at the top to see him exposed in man coverage on one play).

Check out this tweet from UT San Diego’s Michael Gehlken:

Does that mean Sherman’s just a front-runner? The guy loves the camera after he does well and then he doesn’t speak with the media when his team loses? What’s that about?

If all he did was allow three catches, I would hardly call that “exposed.” But not speaking to the media seems like a wimp move.

Sherman did tweet his response:

Remember, Richie, if you talk a huge game like you do, that means people are going to be clamoring for you to fail. You are drawing so much attention to yourself that you have to be perfect otherwise every one of your flaws will be called out.

Adrian Peterson indicted for allegedly beating his son with a switch

Adrian Peterson

Adrian Peterson has been indicted for reckless or negligent injury to a child after allegedly beating his son with a switch, according to reports. A switch is a part of a tree branch and is often used to discipline a child.

The Minnesota Vikings running back is the charges in Montgomery County, Tex., which is where the Texas native has an offseason home.

TMZ confirms CPS is investigating claims between Peterson and a 4-year-old boy. They also say the alleged victim is from Minnesota and was visiting Peterson at the running back’s home in Texas. TMZ says the mother noticed injuries on the son when he returned home to Minnesota and took the child to the doctor. The doctor reportedly contacted authorities in Texas to report Peterson.

CBS Minnesota adds the following:

The doctor told investigators that the boy had a number of lacerations on his thighs, along with bruise-like marks on his lower back and buttocks and cuts on his hand.

The police report says the doctor described some of the marks as open wounds and termed it “child abuse.” Another examiner agreed, calling the cuts “extensive.”

Adrian Peterson son abuse

Adrian Peterson son abuse

According to Sports Radio 610’s Nick Wright, Peterson admitted that to “whooping” the child but said it was not an excessive spanking.

[UPDATES - Read Peterson's side of the story and what the son said]

A first grand jury investigated the case over the summer and decided not to charge Peterson, but a second grand jury did.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport says Peterson testified for a grand jury weeks ago. Peterson missed practice on Thursday but participated with his team’s activities on Friday.

The Vikings are deciding Peterson’s status for Sunday’s game and issued the following statement:

“The Vikings are in the process of gathering information regarding the legal situation involving Adrian Peterson. At this time, we will defer further questions to Adrian’s attorney Rusty Hardin.”

Peterson’s 2-year-old son died last year after being beaten to death in a highly-publicized child abuse case. The mother of one of Peterson’s children says the running back has fathered at least seven kids by at least five different women.

Peterson’s attorney Rusty Hardin, who represented Roger Clemens in his case, had no comment for FOX 26 in Houston, which first reported the news.

Ray Rice reportedly told Roger Goodell he hit Janay Palmer in face

Ray Rice Roger Goodell

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell appears to have been caught in another lie regarding the Ray Rice situation.

ESPN’s Outside the Lines reports that the former Baltimore Ravens running back told the commissioner in their June 16 meeting that he hit wife Janay Palmer in the face. That contradicts Goodell’s assertion that he was unclear about what happened inside the Revel hotel elevator where the punch occurred.

“When we met with Ray Rice and his representatives, it was ambiguous about what actually happened,” Goodell said as part of his statement.

Three sources told ESPN there was no ambiguity about what Rice told the commissioner, while another source said Rice told Goodell he “slapped” Janay in the face.

In an interview with CBS News, Goodell said this week he did not know what happened in the elevator until seeing it on video Monday. Contrarily, Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome said this week Rice told him what happened inside the elevator. What Rice told him seemed to match with the video.

On the other side supporting Goodell, NFL reporter Mike Freeman says multiple sources told him Rice softened what happened in the elevator in his meeting with Goodell.

Even though a grand jury increased charges to a third degree aggravated assault, charges against Rice were dropped and he was accepted into a pre-trial intervention program. That combined with Rice’s previously clean record and a plea from Janay are reasons why Goodell only suspended Rice two games.

NFL was sent Ray Rice tape in April and employee watched it

Roger Goodell

The NFL has been caught lying by a law enforcement source, and the latest development will likely be enough to cost Commissioner Roger Goodell his job.

The Associated Press confirmed that a law enforcement source sent video of Ray Rice punching his wife inside an elevator to the NFL in April. This conflicts with the league’s insistence that the video was not made available to them and that nobody in the league office had seen it.

The AP says the source sent the league the video because he wanted them to have it before deciding on Ray Rice’s punishment. The AP reports the source played them a 12-second voicemail indicating a female at the league’s office received the video and watched it.

“You’re right. It’s terrible,” the female voice says in the voicemail, according to the AP.

In an interview with CBS News, Goodell said they asked law enforcement for the video but never received it.

“We assumed that there was a video. We asked for video. But we were never granted that opportunity,” Goodell said.

Goodell also insisted that to his knowledge, nobody in the league office had seen the video. He obviously was wrong.

Here is the NFL’s response to the report.

“We have no knowledge of this. We are not aware of anyone in our office who possessed or saw the video before it was made public on Monday. We will look into it.”

We have been saying all along that the NFL was lying about whether they had seen the video. We told you there was mounting evidence pointing to an NFL cover-up. We told you Roger Goodell was lying in his interview with CBS News. We were right.

Let this be another lesson that the cover-up is always worse than the crime.

Wife beater Floyd Mayweather wanted light punishment for Ray Rice

Floyd Mayweather honey coffeeRay Rice has found very little support over the past few days in the wake of the video that was released showing him punching his now-wife Janay Palmer and knocking her unconscious. You probably won’t be surprised to hear that Floyd Mayweather Jr. is one of the few people who decided to show sympathy for the former Baltimore Ravens running back.

On Tuesday, Mayweather said he believes the NFL should have stuck to its original decision to suspend Rice for two games.

“They had said that they had suspended him for two games,” Mayweather said, via MLive.com’s David Mayo. “Whether they saw the tape or not, I truly believe a person should stick to their word. If you tell me you’re going to do something, do what you say you’re going to do. But once again, I’m not in the NFL, so I can’t really speak on the situation.”

He’s not the first person to make that argument, as some feel the NFL has shown a great deal of hypocrisy by knowing what was on the tape and acting outraged now that the public has seen the footage. The next point Mayweather made was pathetic.

“I think there’s a lot worse things that go on in other people’s households, also,” he said. “It’s just not caught on video.”

In other words, Rice’s punishment should have been lighter because it’s not his fault he just happened to be caught on video. Plenty of people get away with it, so Rice was just plain unlucky, right?

Mayweather also wishes “nothing but the best” for Rice and his wife and expressed sympathy over what Rice has to go through. Floyd said he would be crushed if someone told him he couldn’t box, so he understands how Rice must be feeling.

You know what the other reason is that Mayweather can relate to Rice? The boxing champ has been convicted of domestic assault twice and had to spend more than two months in jail for it back in 2012. His ex-girlfriend Shantel Jackson also recently accused Mayweather of threatening her with a gun and assaulting her multiple times. It’s no surprise he understands where Rice is coming from.