It has been a whirlwind day trying to get to the bottom of why former Oklahoma star Adrian Peterson won't be attending the youth football camp in Norman, Okla., that has his name attached to it.
Initially, the word was that the Vikings running back could not be at the camp because of a commitment he had to the NFL Network. But a spokesman from the network quickly made it clear it was not the reason Peterson would not attend the Thursday-Friday camp for boys' and girls' ages 7 to 14 that costs $199
It turns out ProCamps Worldwide is going too take blame. A note on the ProCamps website that initially explained Peterson wouldn't be in attendance because he would be taping a show that is counting down the NFL Network's Top 100 current players, was replaced later in the day by a lengthy explanation. ProCamps called it "a breakdown in communication on our end," adding, "the camp was scheduled at a time that prevented Adrian from being able to attend."
In a statement issued to the Associated Press through his agent, Ben Dogra, on Wednesday night, Peterson said: “I want to apologize to all the fans about the confusion regarding the camp in Norman. I hosted camps in Palestine and Tyler, Texas, last week that went great. Due to ProCamps misunderstanding of my schedule, I was never able to host this year’s Norman camp on their scheduled dates, but look forward to being back in 2012.”
Here is the entire statement from ProCamps:
"ProCamps Worldwide would like to correct its previous statement regarding this week’s Adrian Peterson Camp in Norman, Okla., as well as take full responsibility for the scheduling mishap with this event. We erroneously stated that Adrian’s inability to attend the camp results from his involvement with the NFL Network’s Top 100 Players of 2011. In fact, he will be visiting the NFL Network on July 3, 2011.
"ProCamps has appreciated the opportunity to assist Adrian with his football camp the past three years and due to a breakdown in communication on our end, the camp was scheduled at a time that prevented Adrian from being able to attend. We would like to note that Adrian has never missed a minute of his camp since the inception and that over 1,000 kids have been impacted as a result. Furthermore, Adrian’s commitment to helping kids is reflective in the multiple football camps he has hosted since entering the NFL and continues through his commitment to his personal foundation as well as mission trips assisting kids around the world.
"ProCamps has been working diligently to put together an all-star roster of former OU players to host the camp until Adrian can return next year and continue the event. ProCamps has issued an apology to the campers for the situation as well offered full refunds to participants who do not want to attend and $70 worth of in kind gifts for those who will be attending the camp now hosted by [former Oklahoma players] Jason White, Mark Clayton and DeMarco Murray. We apologize for any convenience this might have caused anyone, specifically to Adrian, as well his fans and all camp attendees."