Vikings face backlash after Adrian Peterson 'Family Day' tweet
Saturday was Family Day at Minnesota Vikings training camp, so the team shared a photo of a player kissing what appeared to be his son before practice on its official Twitter account.
It would have been a touching post, if the player chosen for the photo wasn't running back Adrian Peterson, who spent 15 games on the NFL's exempt/commissioner's permission list for his involvement in a child-abuse case last season.
It didn't take long for the franchise to feel the backlash. In one response, a Twitter user shared Peterson's mug shot from his September arrest in Montgomery County, Texas, following his indictment on a felony charge for reckless or negligent injury to a child -- a not-so subtle reminder of Peterson's past. Others condemned the decision in 140 characters or less.
Peterson apologized for his actions when they became public in September and avoided jail time as part of a November plea deal that included a $4,000 fine and 80 hours of community service, according to the Washington Post. The All-Pro running back has since been reinstated by the league and has restructured his contract for the next three years in Minnesota.