A longtime Minnesota Vikings message board shut itself down permanently on Monday over what it called the team's "cowardly decision" to reinstate Adrian Peterson following a child injury indictment.
1. The Vikings cowardly decision to reinstate a child abuser and think that an apology will make this blow over. We will not stand for this arrogance and we will no longer be the home of any support of the Vikings. We stand for those who cannot defend themselves.
2. We will not give a voice to thugs who think child abuse is "cultural" or worse, openly advocate child abuse as a reasonable method of punishment. This ends here. Yes, a few board members have ruined it for everyone. Congratulations, a-------.
Minnesota deactivated Peterson on Friday following his indictment on a felony charge of injury to a child for hitting his four-year old son with a tree branch as a method of discipline. On Monday, the Vikings released a statement saying the running back will practice this week and is expected to play on Sunday.
Peterson also released a statement on Monday, saying, in part, "I am not a perfect son. I am not a perfect husband. I am not a perfect parent, but I am, without a doubt, not a child abuser. I am someone that disciplined his child and did not intend to cause him any injury."
According to a KHOU 11 report, Peterson was investigated for a separate child injury accusation in June involving a different four-year-old son, which allegedly left the boy with a scar on his forehead. No charges were filed.
- Molly Geary