People following the saga of Adrian Peterson, the Minnesota Vikings and the NFL, may wrongly believe the decision by Anheuser-Busch was the straw that broke the camel’s back and forced Zygi Wilf rescind his decision to reinstate Peterson. We believe the real power to change the outcome was the first shot fired by the Radisson Hotels.
Remember Radisson Hotels is synonymous with Marilyn Carlson Nelson. Carlson Nelson is #1114 on Forbes Billionaires list and she carries significant weight in Minnesota political circles. We speculate Carlson Nelson put in doubt support for the Super Bowl 52. This message of possible erosion for the biggest NFL annual event in 2018 would send shivers through the 32 owners and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
The course change in less than 24 hours proves something dramatic occurred and we believe Carlson Nelson to be the catalyst for change.
Additionally, some criticized Govern Mark Dayton (DFL) for weighing in on the issue saying, “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.”
We do not. The Vikings are a public asset, and they are beholden to the citizens of Minnesota for the new stadium. When people come to the public trough for support it comes with specific entanglements and this is an example.
The 180 by the Vikings vindicates Dayton’s statement and will likely improve his acceptance with women voters come November.