Former Minnesota Vikings Punter Chris Kluwe: ‘I Would Sit Adrian Peterson a Year’
Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe joined Jeff Thurn on Tuesday’s edition of Overtime.
Kluwe (@ChrisWarcraft) punted for Minnesota from 2005 to 2012. Hear him talk with Thurn about Adrian Peterson being indicted for child abuse right here:
Kluwe's reaction to Adrian Peterson's indictment last Friday for child abuse:
"Well really the first one is shock. AP was one of the last guys in the world I would ever consider to be apart of something like this. He's one of the most down to earth superstar guys I've ever met. He's always really nice and good to everyone in the locker room. So, it was something at first that seemed like really out of character, but with everything that has come out, reality is reality. This is what AP's done and he is going to have to face the consequences for that because clearly if you beat a child until your child bleeds, that's not something that society deems acceptable."
Should there be a place for Peterson in the NFL, and with the Minnesota Vikings?
"After the appropriate steps are taken. In terms of discipline and rehabilitation, then yeah I think there is still a place for AP. Just like I still think there's a place for Ray Rice or Michael Vick. The NFL is all about second chances and you have to show that you are legitimately willing to change and that you want to take the steps necessary to change to be a role model to then look and say if that guy can change, why can't I change."
What would be the appropriate action taken to discipline Peterson?
"Well I don't think AP should be playing this week and honestly if it was me personally, I would like to see him sit for a year just to get in touch to say here's what happened. Obviously he needs some therapy, counseling to show why this is so harmful. Not just to my kids, but to other parents and kids that are watching me and using me as a justification for their behavior. And really this is something that AP needs to be focusing on his family life right now. I don't think football should be the No. 1 priority right now. I think that he will probably end up, I assume, get six games under the new domestic violence policy that the NFL implemented and hopefully use that time to reflect on what he's done."
The Vikings made a statement by not playing him on Sunday, but announced yesterday that he will play this upcoming Sunday against the New Orleans Saints. Thurn asks Kluwe his opinion on how Minnesota is handling this case:
"You know personally I was really proud of what the organization has done because it looked like they were taking the right step. They deactivated Adrian for the game, along with the (Carolina) Panthers in contrast to what the (San Francisco) 49ers did. The 49ers let Ray McDonald play. So, it looked like okay maybe the league is getting it. Teams are figuring out that this something that needs to be taken seriously. Then when the Vikings came out on Monday and essentially said we have looked at everything that has happened by saying we know that AP had admitted to this and there are pictures. And despite all that, we are going to say this is a case of disciplining your child and AP should play? I mean that really just shows the complete tone-deafness of everything that's happened in the last week. You think they would have learned from the whole Ray Rice situation. That you can't just cover up a superstar player and pretend it never happened. You have to face the consequences of your actions."
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