Originally written on Purple Jesus Diaries  |  Last updated 3/13/13
In what has been a busy week for the Minnesota Vikings, one noteworthy item has more or less slid unnoticed under the table. This item is a hard one to discuss, but Purple Jesus Diaries holds steadfast to our journalistic integrity and understand we must report this to you. And so today, we are prepared to share that our inside sources have indicated the Minnesota Vikings have resorted to physical violence when dealing with their star players this offseason. Namely, they've recently been known to physically assault their star running back and face of the franchise, Adrian Peterson, by repeatedly kicking him in the stomach. Most shocking? This isn't the first time. Purple Jesus Diaries has learned through trusted sources that the NFL franchise, Minnesota Vikings, has a long history of assaulting their star players. It apparently started during the 2011 off-season, after the NFL lockout, when the team allowed blossoming star wide receiver, and great friend to running back Adrian Peterson, walk into free agency. Rice ended up signing with the Seattle Seahawks on a free agent contract, dealing a devastating blow to the Vikings' running back, one so hurtful it was felt deep in his gut. Certainly, this was an act of violence, one that left lasting scars on Adrian Peterson. Clearly, he was devastated: But the assaults didn't stop then. Throughout Peterson's career, he has been subjugated to horrifying beatings that would kill most mortal men. The following list only scrapes the surface of some of the physical and mental injustice he's had to fight through: Surviving being coached by Brad Childress for four years Having to smile and call Naufahu Tahi a teammate Standing idly by as talented teammates like Sidney Rice and Percy Harvin were allowed to walk or were traded Being asked to play in meaningless games during a 3-13 season in which he almost suffered a career ending injury Forced into sharing a backfield with Donovan McNabb and Toby Gerhart Running plays to the left side of the field where his primary blocker is supposed to be Charlie Johnson Any other football player, or human for that matter, having to live through these affronts would crumble into a life altering depression. But somehow, Peterson has prevailed. He has picked himself up time and time again and put on a smile, pretending that nothing is wrong, that he fell down on the treadmill, that the wounds the public sees are his own fault, not the mark of a monster. But no more. With this latest affront, where the team kicked Peterson in the stomach - several times! - while simultaneously trading Percy Harvin to the Seattle Seahawks, is the last straw. To have the community stand by and not do anything to help Peterson is a crime itself. So I propose we save this gentle giant, this gift from God, and help him escape. Maybe to another team where he can play with coaches and players that smile, care, hug, and respect your body. Maybe back to Heaven where he belongs, sitting at the right hand of God. Either way, this man has taken too much abuse in his life, and we ask ... No, DEMAND ... that he be let free from his domestic bonds and escape the abuse of the team. FOR ADRIAN PETERSON! [follow]
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Prince Shembo’s girlfriend says he was jealous of dog

Bruce Arians: Talk of Daryl Washington a 'waste of breath'

Gerald McCoy keeps the Jameis Winston hype in check

Gronkowski family to appear on 'Family Feud'

WATCH: Lloyd McClendon has all-time meltdown

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Drew Bledsoe defends Tom Brady over Deflategate

Did Heat offer Dwyane Wade less than $10 million per season?

David Ortiz brushes aside talk of being 'washed up'

USA Women’s World Cup roster verdict: No excuse not to win

UCF had no idea UConn was creating a rivalry trophy

Cam Newton signs five-year, $103M extension with Panthers

Russell Wilson on future with Seahawks: 'We'll see what happens'

QB Blake Sims misses playing for Alabama

WATCH: Joc Pederson hits longest home run of the season

WATCH: Joey Gallo homers in first career game

Former Mississippi State cheerleader suing ESPN after hit by golf cart

Jackson says Bills plan to give McCoy 300-plus carries

McCoy not happy Perryman played dodgeball while injured

College football playoff schedule for 2015: New Year's Eve?

How the Chicago Blackhawks are thriving in salary cap era

Report: Klay Thompson cleared for Game 1 of NBA Finals

Pettine views latest Manziel incident as a ‘non-story’

Nationals need Taylor to produce in Werth’s absence

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

USA Women’s World Cup: No excuse not to win

Projecting rosters for the 2015 MLB All-Star Game

What Peterson's return means

The Bulls and the culture of fitting in

X-factors for Cavs and Warriors

Pujols: Angels not 'Mike Trout show'

Adrian Peterson returns to Vikings

Chicago Bulls agree to deal with Fred Hoiberg

NBA should have 'legacy contracts' for long-time players

Atlanta Hawks unveil new logo

UAB fans celebrate football reinstatement

Sanchez backs off dismissal of Tebow

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.