Dayton supports Vikings’ role reversal

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton said the Vikings are doing the right thing by sitting Peterson.

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says the Vikings’ overnight decision to put running back Adrian Peterson on hiatus was the right move.

Less than 48 hours after a widely-criticized announcement that Peterson would rejoin the team while addressing a felony child-abuse charge, owners Mark and Zygi Wilf reconsidered and placed the team’s star player on the exempt-commissioner’s permission list. Peterson is accused in Texas of using a wooden switch to spank his 4-year-old son.

The initial decision to let Peterson play triggered rebukes from sponsors and politicians including Dayton, who called Peterson’s actions an embarrassment.

In a Wednesday statement to The Associated Press, Dayton says the team’s reversal was “the right decision.”

A spokesman for the governor says Dayton did not speak with team owners about Peterson’s status.


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