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Wednesday
Sep172014

Vikings Place Peterson on Exempt List

Tom Dahlin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Minnesota Vikings have announced that Adrian Peterson has been placed on the NFL’s Exempt/Commissioner’s Permission list and will not play this Sunday.

The decision comes after the team announced earlier this week that it was reinstating him while the legal process involving charges of child abuse against the running back proceeded.

The Vikings now say Peterson will not be allowed to participate in any team activities until his legal matters are behind him.

The Vikings issued the following statement:

“This has been an ongoing and deliberate process since last Friday’s news. In conversations with the NFL over the last two days, the Vikings advised the League of the team’s decision to revisit the situation regarding Adrian Peterson.  In response, the League informed the team of the option to place Adrian on the Exempt/Commissioner’s Permission list, which will require that Adrian remain away from all team activities while allowing him to take care of his personal situation until the legal proceedings are resolved. After giving the situation additional thought, we have decided this is the appropriate course of action for the organization and for Adrian.”

The statement continues: "We are always focused on trying to make the right decision as an organization. We embrace our role - and the responsibilities that go with it – as a leader in the community, as a business partner and as an organization that can build bridges with our fans and positively impact this great region. We appreciate and value the input we have received from our fans, our partners and the community.
 
While we were trying to make a balanced decision yesterday, after further reflection we have concluded that this resolution is best for the Vikings and for Adrian. We want to be clear: we have a strong stance regarding the protection and welfare of children, and we want to be sure we get this right. At the same time we want to express our support for Adrian and acknowledge his seven-plus years of outstanding commitment to this organization and this community. Adrian emphasized his desire to avoid further distraction to his teammates and coaches while focusing on his current situation; this resolution accomplishes these objectives as well.
 
We will support Adrian during this legal and personal process, but we firmly believe and realize this is the right decision. We hope that all of our fans can respect the process that we have gone through to reach this final decision."

The statement is signed by team owners Zygi Wilf and Mark Wilf.


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Monday
Sep102012

Lawmaker Admits Fumble, NFL Players Do Have Free Speech

Tom Dahlin/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) -- After a testy exchange of scathing letters, Maryland state Delegate Emmett C. Burns has changed his mind and conceded that professional football players have First Amendment rights to freedom of speech.

Last week Burns wrote to Baltimore Ravens owner Steven Biscoitti, saying he found it “inconceivable” that Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo was speaking out in support of same-sex marriage. The state delegate, who represents part of Baltimore, demanded that Biscoitti “inhibit such expressions from your employee and that he be ordered to cease and desist from such injurious actions.”

But after Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe printed a biting, insult-laced open letter berating Burns for trying to strip Ayanbadejo of his First Amendment rights to freedom of speech, Burns backtracked on Sunday.

“Upon reflection, he has his First Amendment rights,” Burns told the Baltimore Sun in a telephone interview. “And I have my First Amendment rights. … Each of us has the right to speak our opinions. The football player and I have a right to speak our minds.”

Burns told the Sun that despite the controversy, he was still a Ravens fan. In his letter to the team’s owner on Aug. 29 Burns charged that Ayanbadejo, who recently raffled off Ravens tickets to support a pro-gay marriage group, was “dividing the fan base” and should not bring politics into a sport that “is strictly for for pride, entertainment and excitement.”

Ayanbadejo responded to Burns' letter on Twitter, saying, “You know something is wrong when a politician is telling you to keep quiet. So much for freedom of speech, Mr Burns.”

Kluwe had quite a few more choice words for the Maryland delegate.

“How does gay marriage, in any way shape or form, affect your life?” Kluwe wrote in the letter posted to Deadspin.com on Friday. “They won’t come into your house and steal your children. They won’t magically turn you into a lustful c**kmonster. They won’t even overthrow the government in an orgy of hedonistic debauchery because all of a sudden they have the same legal rights as the other 90 percent of our population.”

You can read the full letter on Deadspin.com or the edited version on Kluwe’s blog.

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Friday
Sep072012

NFL Punter Goes on Tirade for Gay Marriage

Tom Dahlin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe is a professional at drop kicking footballs, and Friday he proved he could rhetorically do the same to a legislator who he said tried to trample the First Amendment rights of another player.

In a scathing, insult-laced letter, Kluwe berated Maryland Rep. Emmett Burns for trying to silence Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo, a vocal supporter of gay marriage.

“I can assure you that gay people getting married will have zero effect on your life. They won’t come into your house and steal your children. They won’t magically turn you into a lustful c**kmonster,” Kluwe wrote, using a slang term for the male anatomy. “They won’t even overthrow the government in an orgy of hedonistic debauchery because all of a sudden they have the same legal rights as the other 90 percent of our population.”

The letter from Kluwe, who punts footballs 50 yards every week, was a swift kick of sarcasm:  "You may want to hire an intern to help you with the longer words,” peppered with a colorful collection of insults -- “you also come across as a narcissistic fromunda stain,” condemning Burns for trying to prevent Ayanbadejo from standing up for “freedom.”

Last week Burns sent a letter asking Ravens owner Steve Biscoitti to force Ayanbadejo to keep his political opinions to himself.  Burns said the linebacker should “concentrate on football and steer clear of dividing the fan base,” which Burns claimed was “aghast and appalled” to learn that Ayanbadejo supported gay marriage.

“I am requesting that you take the necessary action, as a National Football Franchise owner, to inhibit such expressions from your employee and that he be ordered to cease and desist from such injurious actions,” Burns wrote to Biscoitti. "I know of no other NFL player who has done what Mr. Ayanbadejo is doing.”

That plea for silence was just enough to set Ayanbadejo’s fellow NFL player aflame. Kluwe took to the blogosphere, responding to Burns’ letter with his own, posted to Deadspin Friday.

“I find it inconceivable that you are an elected official of Maryland’s state government,” Kluwe wrote. “Your vitriolic hatred and bigotry make me ashamed and disgusted to think that you are in any way responsible for shaping policy at any level.”

The Vikings player goes on to call Burns “mind-boggingly stupid” for trying to strip his fellow NLF player of his First Amendment right to free speech. Kluwe points out that Burns, a Baptist minister, also enjoys the First Amendment right to religious freedom.

“To call that hypocritical would be to do a disservice to the word,” Kluwe wrote. “Mindf**king obscenely hypocritical starts to approach it a little bit.”

Kluwe said in the letter that he hopes his response makes Burns “reflect upon the magnitude of the colossal foot in mouth clusterf**k you so brazenly unleashed.”

“P.S.,” Kluwe concludes, “I’ve also been vocal as hell about the issue of gay marriage so you can take your ‘I know of no other NFL player who has done what Mr. Ayanbadejo is doing’ and shove it in your close-minded, totally lacking in empathy piehole and choke on it. A**hole.”

Burns could not be reached for comment. His office voicemail box was full.

Read the full text of Kluwe’s letter here.

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Sunday
Dec122010

Stadium's Roof Deflates Under Pressure from Winter Storm

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) -- Harsh weather has collapsed the Metrodome in Minneapolis. The panels of the Metrodome roof started giving way around 5 a.m. and deflated after the storm, which dumped more than 17 inches of snow on the city, Chairman of the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission Roy Terwilliger told ABC News affiliate KSTP in Minneapolis - St. Paul.

A Sunday NFL football game between the New York Giants and the Minnesota Vikings had already been pushed to Monday, as the Giants were stranded in Kansas City, unable to reach Minneapolis after the Twin Cities' airport was closed. The game will be played in Detroit on Monday.

Terwilliger says this has only happened three other times in the Metrodome's history, the last being on April 14, 1983. Workers were being kept out of the Metrodome for safety reasons Sunday morning, but crews were back on top of it late Sunday morning clearing snow.

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