Rick Spielman defends playing Adrian Peterson

Although bothered by a child abuse case filed against star running back Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman wasn't inclined toward not playing Peterson.

The Vikings plan to allow Peterson to play while the legal situation unfolds.

Peterson has acknowledged he whipped his four-year-old son with a "switch," causing injuries to his scrotum, back, buttocks, arms, legs and hands.

“The photos are disturbing, I understand that," Spielman said. "But to be clear, any matter that’s involving the child is very important to our organization, but we also think it is right for him to go through the process legally."

Spielman says the Vikings aren't just sticking with Peterson because of his talent.

“It has nothing to do with him as a football player," Spielman said. "It’s based purely on the facts that we have, that have been presented to us. It has nothing to do with that. It has to do with the information we have gathered.”

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun

Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.