On Tuesday, Mark Dayton agreed with Vikings General Manger Rick Spielman that Peterson is “entitled to due process,” but that the accusations are “a public embarrassment to the Vikings organization and the state of Minnesota.”
The governor’s full statement below:
It is an awful situation. Yes, Mr. Peterson is entitled to due process and should be “innocent until proven guilty.” However, he is a public figure; and his actions, as described, are a public embarrassment to the Vikings organization and the State of Minnesota. Whipping a child to the extent of visible wounds, as has been alleged, should not be tolerated in our state. Therefore, I believe the team should suspend Mr. Peterson, until the accusations of child abuse have been resolved by the criminal justice system.
However, I will not turn my back on the Vikings and their fans, as some have suggested. The Vikings belong to Minnesota – and in Minnesota. This has been the team’s only home; and our citizens, including myself, have been its most dedicated fans.
Peterson apologized for the incident, admitting that he “disciplined” his child, but that he “did not intend to cause him any injury” and is not a child abuser.