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Minnesota Governor Calls For Peterson To Stay Suspended

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Gov. Mark Dayton said Tuesday that the Vikings should suspend running back Adrian Peterson until accusations of child abuse against him have been resolved in the criminal justice system, Patrick Condon of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports.

Calling the allegations and their fallout “an awful situation,” Dayton said he believes Peterson is innocent until proven guilty and that he deserves due process. But he also called the allegations, that Peterson used a wooden switch to discipline his four-year-old son, “a public embarrassment to the Vikings organization and the state of Minnesota.”

Dayton’s remarks came in a statement from his office. The governor is in Washington, D.C., raising funds for his re-election campaign.

“Whipping a child to the extent of visible wounds, as has been alleged, should not be tolerated in our state,” Dayton said.

Peterson has denied being a child abuser, saying he was using the same disciplinary methods that he experienced as a child. The Vikings had kept Peterson out of Sunday’s game, but announced Monday that he would be reinstated and playing next Sunday.


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2 Responses to “Minnesota Governor Calls For Peterson To Stay Suspended”

  1. doc11 says:

    Well I vote for Gov. Daytons liberal A$$ to be suspended as well!!!! Shut up and go do your job for once!

  2. Fisher says:

    doc11, go away with your liberal/conservative faux dichotomy.

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