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Bleacher Report – Vikings

Peterson’s father confirms victim is his grandson

By Darin Gantt

We now know that the “tragic” personal situation that caused Vikings running back Adrian Peterson to miss practice yesterday, is, in fact, related to the assault of a child in South Dakota.

Sean Jensen of the St. Paul Pioneer Press spoke to Peterson’s father, who confirmed the child is Adrian Peterson’s son, but is not Adrian Peterson Jr. That clears up several conflicting reports about the child’s identity.

“All I can say is, we are asking for prayers and for respect for our family as we deal with this tragic situation,” Nelson Peterson said, without commenting further.

The identity of the child should neither diminish nor enhance the tragedy, and the Vikings running back should take whatever time he feels appropriate to deal with his family, before any concern to football enters the frame.


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