Adrian Peterson’s Latest Remarks Reveal a Disgruntled Employee


Adrian Peterson has spoken out in a more forceful manner than ever about his feelings regarding the Vikings and the way they handled his situation last season, and to say Peterson is a little ticked would be underselling it.

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Peterson is very ticked with some people in the Vikings’ front office. And he clearly has doubts about wanting to return to Minnesota in 2015.

Speaking to ESPN’s Ben Goessling Tuesday night, Peterson sounded like a man who thinks he was stabbed in the back by people he believed were on his side (or at least should have been):

"“There were people (in the organization) that I trusted, who knew exactly what was said, that weren’t heard from” in the decision-making process.“They weren’t able to do anything about it,” Peterson said."

Adam Schefter reported late last year that Vikings general counsel Kevin Warren actively worked with the NFL to ensure Peterson would not return to the field in 2014. Warren has since been promoted to COO.

Peterson may or may not be bothered by the team’s decision to promote the man he knows worked to keep him off the field in 2014. But one thing’s for sure: he is wavering on whether he wants to keep playing for the Vikings.

"“It’s hard to say (what my future will be). I love Minnesota. There are people that have had my back, and supported me. Last year, with the things that took place, had a lot of fans that supported me through everything. For the fans, I would definitely love to come back, but then again, it’s a business, when it comes down to business, you can’t get caught up in the loyalty to fans or to a team or anything like that. You know how it is in the NFL. I learned a lot through this process. I’m still uneasy, to be honest with you. I’m still uneasy about a lot of things that took place within the organization. Of course those guys ultimately supported me, and I’m grateful for that. But ultimately, with me being able to be on the inside and see how cards were dealt, how things were worded, this, that and the other, it’s about protecting your brand, your organization, what you have built. In the (grand) scheme of things, not one person counts over that. I get that.”"

Peterson also expressed disappointment with members of the Minnesota media for digging up dirt about allegations beyond the child abuse charges that caused his problems in the first place. Apparently Peterson believed he was due absolute 100% protection from people who make their living reporting facts to the public.

The Vikings for their part have insisted they want Adrian back with the team, but who knows what their real thinking is behind-the-scenes. Nothing can happen regarding his status until he is reinstated on April 15.

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