Does Adrian Peterson Need to Zip It?

Dec 30, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) smiles following the game against the Green Bay Packers at the Metrodome. The Vikings defeated the Packers 37-34. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

We now know exactly where Adrian Peterson stands on a pair of controversial issues related to homosexuality. He is against gay marriage. That’s one. He is also fine with having a gay teammate but not necessarily that fine with having to shower alongside a gay teammate. That’s two.

Do I agree or disagree with Adrian’s positions? That’s immaterial. Everyone has their own opinions on those things. Chris Kluwe has his opinions and like AD he isn’t afraid to voice them. And some hail him as a hero for his willingness to speak out.

Some also hail Matt Birk as a hero for boycotting the Ravens’ White House appearance in protest over the president’s remarks in favor of planned parenthood. Others slam Birk as a grandstanding putz whose attitudes are straight out of the 1950s.

It’s all about perspective. One thing we agree on? Each man is entitled to his opinion. Each man has the perfect right to speak out in public. And each man has to expect a certain amount of backlash as a result of his stances.

I’m sure Adrian Peterson gets that. I’m sure he realizes that some people will now perceive him as a homophobic bigot. I’m sure he gets that his image will take a hit in the eyes of some fans. But he keeps speaking out anyway.

Of course not everyone is created equal when it comes to voicing an opinion. Chris Kluwe is a thoughtful guy who has a certain way with words (especially the four-letter ones). He makes you think at the same time he’s making you laugh.

Adrian Peterson? His statements don’t really provoke thought. They’re not as reasoned as Kluwe’s. They’re more like blurtings. Patrick Reusse has suggested that Adrian should probably learn to curb his vociferous tendencies and just play football. Not because Adrian is wrong necessarily but because his off-the-cuff way of speaking tends to make him look like a moron.

I am certain Adrian Peterson is not a moron. I am also certain that he is rather clumsy at extemporaneous speaking. Adrian’s problem isn’t so much the substance of what he’s saying, it’s the style.

So my thing on this is simple. If Adrian doesn’t mind coming across like a crackpot possible-homophobe halfwit? Then why should I mind? Let him keep going as long as he’s willing to take the heat. The Vikings I’m sure would prefer he shut up just as they preferred Chris Kluwe shut up. Of course the Vikings are less concerned with politics and morality than merchandise sales. Kluwe’s antics didn’t hurt much in that department but Adrian’s blurtings might.

And that’s why I imagine Rick Spielman will be sitting Adrian down and having a little chat with him. We’ll see if Adrian listens. We’ll see if, from now on, he learns to say “no comment.” Sometimes that’s the best thing you can do. Even if, yes, you have the right to speak your mind.

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  • http://anziulewicz.livejournal.com PolishBear

    EARTH TO ADRIAN: If you’ve ever belonged to a gym, you’ve already showered with plenty of Gay guys.

  • Kevin

    Don’t they say that like75 percent or so of body builders are gay.

  • Donkus

    UGggg. Guys Adrian was asked a question. Adrian Answered said question. Adrian answered said question in a very respectful manner. I could give two shits if you agree with him. I don’t, but he’s religious. I’m tired of pro-gay marriage people shitting on everyone that doesn’t agree with them. It’s not like he was putting it down or protesting. Reporters need to stop asking these kind of questions. It just stirs people up and puts naive people against adrian

  • Jake

    The real question is “Does Dan Zinski Need to Shut His Mouth?” You act like you’re being impartial here but it’s painfully clear you’re not. You worship Kluwe while calling Peterson unrefined and Birk a bigot. We all know where you stand on this. What I don’t get is why you simply cannot allow other people to have their own opinions? Not everyone is required to agree with Dan Zinski. Who are you that you get to pass judgment on everyone else? You’re a horrible writer, you have no business writing about sports, you don’t know much about football, you’re opinions on social issues are uneducated, you’re entirely intolerant of anyone who doesn’t agree with you. You’re nothing more than an internet blowhard who uses his blog to spout his political agenda and denigrate others; you’re just another online bully, nothing more.

    • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

      Think you need to work on your reading comprehension a bit. Looking over the article above again and you will find multiple statements that contradict your accusations.

      • Jake

        Think you didn’t read the article at all and should rethink what you wrote. Everything I wrote is entirely true. He praised Kluwe, derided Peterson and insulted Birk. If you’ve ever read anything this moron has written in the past regarding this subject you know he is supporter or gay marriage and thinks anyone who disagrees with him is an idiot. He has no tolerance for any opinions that conflict with his. That and he hasn’t hardly written a single sports related story in weeks.

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