All Eyes on Peterson

After Adrian Peterson’s controversial case regarding the whipping of his 4-year-old, the once perfect image of the NFL player became tarnished and his personal life, once ignored, became the next big news story.


As the public face of the Vikings, Peterson has been expected to have a squeaky clean image, but now that this case has put fans in a fuss and he has been banned from NFL activities, his past is being looked at under a microscope. Recently, sources have uncovered more and more scandal that was overlooked in the past. Allegations are now surfacing that the former Minnesota Viking’s charity had financial improprieties.
An incident that occurred back in 2011 that was originally swept under the rug is now being looked into. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports, “according to a 38-page police report on the 2011 incident, two relatives, including Peterson’s brother, a minor, were involved in a night of drinking and sex that Peterson’s relative told police was paid for using a company credit card for Peterson’s All Day, Inc.” This means Peterson not only used charity funds, but he used them for that night of drinking and sex, which fox news is calling a “sex party”.
Though prosecutors chose not to file charges following the rape accusation that this case was originally about, the reporting of his use of charity funds in the case has lead to the uncovering of records showing more inconsistencies. The charity’s 2011 financial report showed $247,064 in total revenue and listed three organizations that received money. A fourth expense was titled “clothing for needy families” and listed “unknown” for the number of recipients, which looks incredibly suspicious. In 2009, the charity’s largest gift was $70,000 and was meant for Straight From the Heart Minitries in Laurel, Md, but the president and founder of the organization, Donna Farley, told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that the organization never received any money from Peterson’s foundation. Farley further explained that there haven’t been any outside contributions other than people from her own circle.
Furthermore, the East Texas Food Bank said it received money from Peterson’s foundation in 2009, although the foundation’s tax filing for that year listed just one donation to a food bank, the North Texas Food Bank. The food bank’s chief philanthropy officer for the North Texas Food Bank told the Star Tribune that while her agency partnered with Dallas Cowboys players, she could not recall ever getting money from the All Day Foundation.
This begs the question, where else are these charity funds going? What other scandals will be brought to light? Will this controversy open up more investigations into other NFL player’s charities’ fund allocations? Adrian’s case was recently pushed to December 1st, 2014. He is currently free on a $15,000 bond after he was indicted last month on a felony charge of injury to his child earlier this year. He faces up to two years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted. He is on paid leave from the Vikings under special exemption from the NFL commissioner until the legal case is resolved.

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