What the Foul?
MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA — Adrian Peterson, star running back for the Minnesota Vikings and admitted child-abuser, went on a Twitter rant Thursday afternoon about his ongoing contract battle with the team.
Peterson posted 11 tweets complaining about the leverage teams have over their players, arguing players should get some protection against the possibility of a team releasing them with money left on their contracts.
"I know hundreds of player's that wished their team would've HONORED the contract! But instead got threw to the side like trash," Peterson tweeted. "A lill crazy how one side has so much power that they can do as they please when it come to the contract! But when the other-side (player's) Feels for whatever reason! Family, Change of scenery or simply - what they feels just might work best for them! Those same laws don't apply!"
In later tweets, Peterson said, "This is nothing against the Vikings. I am just frustrated that our union did not get guaranteed contracts for its players."
AP's contract runs through 2017. He's scheduled to make $12.75 million this season, $15 million in 2016 and $16 million in 2017, plus a $250,000 workout bonus each season. However, there is no guaranteed money left in his contract, and Minnesota would face no penalty for releasing the 30-year-old running back.
Surprisingly, social media wasn't too supportive of the millionaire's plight.
When AP skipped out on this week's organized team activities, Coach Mike Zimmer said he had two choices: "He can play for us or not play."