Dayton: Peterson's actions 'a public embarassment'

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says Vikings running back Adrian Peterson should have stayed suspended until an accusation of child abuse was resolved in the legal system.

Peterson is accused in Texas of using a wooden switch to spank his 4-year-old son.

The governor said in a statement to KARE 11 that Peterson is innocent until proven guilty, but called the star running back's actions "a public embarrassment" to the Vikings and the state of Minnesota.

Here is the governor's full statement:

It is an awful situation. Yes, Mr. Peterson is entitled to due process and should be "innocent until proven guilty." However, he is a public figure; and his actions, as described, are a public embarrassment to the Vikings organization and the State of Minnesota. Whipping a child to the extent of visible wounds, as has been alleged, should not be tolerated in our state. Therefore, I believe the team should suspend Mr. Peterson, until the accusations of child abuse have been resolved by the criminal justice system.

However, I will not turn my back on the Vikings and their fans, as some have suggested. The Vikings belong to Minnesota – and in Minnesota. This has been the team's only home; and our citizens, including myself, have been its most dedicated fans.


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