- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago
Anyone who tuned into the Vikings' press conference announcing their decision to reinstate Adrian Peterson, despite his indictment for allegedly hitting his 4-year-old son repeatedly with a switch, might have noticed that the Radisson hotel logo appeared on the banner that acted as a backdrop. It was hard to miss, considering it appeared all over the banner behind general manager Rick Spielman and coach Mike Zimmer as they spoke about deciding tolet Peterson's case unfold in the legal system while he plays.
Radisson must not have liked that look too much, because on Monday evening it announced it is suspending its sponsorship of the Vikings.
The Radisson hotel chain announced on its website and Twitter that it is suspending its limited sponsorship with the Vikings. The Radisson brand of hotels is operated by the Carlson Hotel Group, which is headquartered in Minneapolis.
Here is Radisson's statement:Sun, Sep 14New England30 - 7MinnesotaGame Recap
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
A few hours after the Minnesota Vikings reinstated running back Adrian Peterson, who was indicted in a child injury case in which he allegedly hit his 4-year-old son repeatedly with a tree branch, KHOU in Houston reported there was a separate incident last year in which Peterson allegedly hit his son and left a scar.
KHOU in Houston said Peterson hit a different 4-year-old son last year, leaving a scar on the boy's forehead. That can be used as evidence in the current investigation, the report said.
TMZ reported, citing sources, that the case "went nowhere" because he did not strike the child, but the child accidentally hit his head on a carseat while Peterson was punishing him.
Here is what Peterson's lawyer, Rusty Hardin, told ESPN's Adam Schefter:
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago
San Francisco 49ers Colin Kaepernick tried to play off the inappropriate language penalty he received during "Sunday Night Football" by denying it altogether.
"I didn't say anything," Kaepernick said, according to CSN Bay Area.
That's pretty tough to believe. Actually impossible to believe. And the side judge who called the penalty refuted Kaepernick's dubious claim that he got a 15-yard penalty for saying nothing at all.
“He knows what he said,” side judge Laird Hayestold CSNBayArea.com on Monday.
What did Kaepernick say? Hayes wouldn't say. It's probably fairly easy to narrow it down.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner6 hrs ago
When asked if Robert Griffin III would return from a dislocated ankle this season, Redskins coach Jay Gruden answered with an emphatic "yes."
Gruden said there's no fracture for Griffin, that he'll be in a cast a couple weeks and then the Redskins can start to figure out when Griffin can return.
When asked who starts upon Griffin's return if Kirk Cousins plays well in Griffin's absence, Gruden wasn't so emphatic.
"We'll cross that bridge when that comes," Gruden said in his scheduled Monday press conference, which was streamed on the Redskins' site. "Right now we're going to prepare with Kirk Cousins as our starter, and Robert is going to rehab, and then all decisions after that will come after that."
Hmm.Sun, Sep 14Jacksonville10 - 41WashingtonGame Recap
- Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner7 hrs ago
The Minnesota Vikings earned praise for the way they swiftly handled deactivating running back Adrian Peterson in light of Friday's shocking allegations that he hit his 4-year-old son with a tree branch.
But it was announced in a statement on Monday from Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf that Peterson would be reactivated for Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints.
Why the change of stance?
Vikings general manager Rick Spielman and head coach Mike Zimmer stumbled through a 20-minute media conference of offensive drivel that might as well have been reduced to a simple statement:
Child abuse is bad, but losing is worse.
That's in essence what they said without saying it, other than Spielman's dozens of non-specific mentions of "due process, the "legal system playing out" and "I'm not going to get into details."
- Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner7 hrs ago
Early Monday morning, the Minnesota Vikings got out in front of what was expected to be a weeklong drama over whether Adrian Peterson would take the field Sunday, announcing the All-Pro running back will return to practice this week and is scheduled to play Week 3 against the New Orleans Saints.
Now, Peterson is doing his best to avoid the same potentially season-long media firestorm.
Following Peterson's indictment for what doctors described as "child abuse" in a police report and the 29-year-old's subsequent surrender to authorities over the weekend, the Vikings deactivated their star during Sunday's 30-7 loss to the New England Patriots.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner8 hrs ago
The NFL, which has been greatly criticized the past few weeks over not caring enough about women in its fan base, will have four women help shape the league's domestic violence and sexual assault policies, USA Today's Tom Pelissero reported.
Anna Isaacson, the league's vice president of community affairs and philanthropy, will be promoted to vice president of social responsibility. Pelissero reported that Lisa Friel, the former head of the sex crimes prosecution unit in the New York County District Attorney's Office, NO MORE co-founder Jane Randel and Rita Smith, the former executive director of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, will be retained as senior advisers.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced the moves in a letter to owners, which USA Today published in full.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner9 hrs ago
The NFL has strict rules on wearing sporting apparel from companies that aren't league sponsors during postgame media interviews. That's apparently why Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III turned his religious T-shirt inside out before meeting with the media on Sunday.
Griffin was wearing a "Know Jesus Know Peace" shirt in the locker room, as he prepared to talk to the media about his dislocated left ankle injury. By the time he got to the podium, he turned the shirt inside out, as Washington Post's Dan Steinberg pointed out.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner10 hrs ago
The Minnesota Vikings are reinstating running back Adrian Peterson after benching him for just one game.
Peterson was indicted last Friday in a child injury case, after allegedly hitting his 4-year-old son repeatedly with a tree branch as punishment last May. The Vikings deactivated Peterson for Sunday's game against New England. They announced on Monday morning that Peterson will return to practices and meetings, and is expected to play this Sunday against New Orleans.
While the NFL looks into the allegations, the Vikings decided that they would let the case play out in the courts and let Peterson play while that happens. Peterson surrendered Saturday on charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child and was released on $15,000 bail. Peterson's trial is likely to be in 2015, after the NFL season, NFL Network's Jeff Darlington said.
- Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner11 hrs ago
The smoke is beginning to clear on a wild Sunday of NFL injuries, and the prognoses on the seemingly endless list of afflicted will be rolling in as teams take stock of the walking, limping and wounded.
Here's a list of what's been determined so far on the big names that went down in Week 2.
Jamaal Charles: The Kansas City Chiefs running back suffered a high left ankle sprain in the first quarter of a 24-17 loss to the Broncos, coach Andy Reid told reporters on Monday. Among ankle sprains, those of the "high" variety are more severe, and therefore his imminent availabilty appears in serious doubt.
Jamaal Charles has a high ankle sprain, per coach Reid.