EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Those wondering why so many athletes don't say anything but vanilla cliches during interviews should take note of what Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has gone through in recent weeks.
The NFL MVP was criticized by some for a May 23 interview with Sirius/XM NFL Radio when he said he was "not with" gay marriage.
But what he also said that was conveniently overlooked or not given equal weight was this: "To each his own. ... I have relatives that, you know, are gay. I'm not biased towards them. I still treat them the same. I love them. That's not something that I believe in. But to each his own."
Naturally, some media was compelled to pick at Peterson's comments. Peterson told The Oklahoman that it "really wouldn't bother me that much" if he had an openly gay teammate. But then he said he'd have some reservations about sharing a locker room space with one.
"Simple things, as far as showers and things like that, you know, of course, anyone would be uncomfortable," Peterson said. "But you know, I'm a grown man. There's things that I can deal with. I'm comfortable in my skin."
Peterson went on to say he'd "still high-five them" and "pat them on the butt when he's doing good, and go on about my business."
Peterson said he's surprised to see the backlash that some of his comments caused.
"Like I said when I made the statement, 'To each his own,'" Peterson said. "We have homosexuals who choose to live their life the way they do. You know what? To me, that's fine. You can do that. If you want people to respect that, then just respect my view.
"I'm not persecuting anyone or pointing a finger. I got asked a question and I voiced my personal opinion, which, as a citizen, I'm free to do."
--The first potentially significant injury of the year came Tuesday when fifth-year cornerback Jacob Lacey dislocated a thumb during an OTA workout. He had surgery Wednesday.
Lacey was signed to a one-year deal in April because in part because he was familiar with defensive coordinator Alan Williams' scheme. The two worked together in Indianapolis from 2009 to 2011, when Williams was the Colts' defensive backs coach.
Lacey's primary value at this point is depth and insurance in case second-year cornerback Josh Robinson can't transition from the outside to the slot in the nickel defense. Robinson has never played in the slot and is now being asked to take over that role from Antoine Winfield, who did it as well as anybody in the league for nine years before being released and signed by Seattle this offseason.
Lacey has been running at slot corner with the No. 2 defense in OTAs. After his injury on Tuesday, little-used second-year corner Bobby Felder has been filling the backup role behind Robinson.