It was a minor blip on the radar screen in the hours leading up to Monday night’s Packer-Viking game: Visanthe Shiancoe said in a Facebook posting that Adrian Peterson found a piece of glass in his food while the team ate at Lombardi’s steakhouse in Appleton. Some got outraged at what they perceived to be a deliberate act of attempted sabotage by some angry Packer fan. Others dismissed the whole thing as mere internet hooey.
The Vikings went on to get destroyed by the Packers and Glassgate became obscured by the fallout from the loss. But now Adrian Peterson himself has revived Glassgate by giving the whole story. The details as related by Peterson are actually kind of frightening. Adrian explains (via Viking Update):
Peterson was eating with teammates at Lombari’s steakhouse in Appleton, WI. He started eating when he realized he forgot to pray. After the prayer, he began pulling the skin off his roasted chicken when he felt something cut one of his fingers.
“I looked and you see that right there [showing a mark on his finger three days later],” Peterson said. “It was probably about that big [signaling about a quarter inch] and I was just like, ‘Wow!’ It was on top of the skin, but it was laying flat. I picked it up and I pinched. It just jammed in my finger. I looked at it and I was like, ‘Wow!’”
“It was good because I actually started eating and then prayed on my food. So I started eating and then I normally pray, but I stopped and prayed,” Peterson said.
Now he is saying a different prayer.
“I thank God that it jammed in my finger and didn’t jam in my throat,” he said.
Peterson said he talked to restaurant employees about the incident.
“Of course, they were so apologetic: We’ll try to search and see how did it happen. I just couldn’t even understand how glass would get near roasted chicken,” Peterson said.
Peterson was then asked the critical question: Did he think the glass was put in his food deliberately? Peterson replied, “I don’t…whatever. I didn’t swallow it, so that’s a blessing.”
He doesn’t want to accuse anyone, but it sounds like he’s not too sure. Something tells me we’ll never get to the bottom of this. Viking players better be careful the next time they eat at Lombardi’s, is all I know.