By: Evan Singleton
So earlier today, Adrian Peterson met with the New England Patriots. From what I have heard, and what my sources tell me, the meeting went well. We really don't know what "well" means, but AP left without a deal. Now that is not to say he is not going to get a deal, he might. How would I feel about it? Well, honestly if Adrian Peterson can help on the field...
...I would be comfortable with him wearing a Patriots uniform. Now wait a second. Before you jump down my throat and say I am a lunatic, just hear me out.
I am not endorsing child abuse. I am not endorsing criminal behavior. I would not immediately go out and buy an Adrian Peterson jersey. However, I would be able to get behind the idea of a good football player helping a good team while on the field.
If, and it is a big if, Peterson were to join the Pats, I would not be cheering for him. I would be cheering for the New England Patriots. I would not say "Touchdown Peterson!" But rather, "Touchdown Patriots!"
There is a line. A very clear line. Peterson is not in jail, prison, or even in any further legal battle risking the future of his life. Nor is he risking the being of any other person's life moving forward. Yes, he made a mistake. And pardon my language, but I think I am justified in saying what Peterson did was truly fucked up. I don't forgive him for it and I never will forgive him. However, when he puts his helmet on and straps-up his shoulder pads, he is just a football player. A number. A chance to help on the field.
This is not comparable to anything else. So I don't want to hear "would you let Aaron Hernandez come back and play?" That is ridiculous. There is a line, like I said. In many people's mind, this is just as bad as a murder. All the power to you. I would not disagree with you, nor do I have the place to. However, I think murder and this are far different. Though both remain unforgivable, but one out ranks the other in my mind.
I guess what I am getting at here is that I do not need to forgive someone in order for them to play on a team I like. Again, they are just a number. It is about what is on their chest, the team logo. Not what is written on their back. That is just my opinion. I will never forgive Adrian Peterson they person. But as a football player, if he can contribute on the field and stay out of trouble, I say why not?