So these are the results of the latest Star Tribune question on whether the Vikings should keep Adrian Peterson:
|# of votes||% of votes|
|Yes, he's vital to the team's success in 2015||2026||49%|
|No, it's time for both sides to move on||2071||51%|
To put it mildly, Vikings fans have gone back and forth on Peterson as his issues with the NFL and the Vikings have played out.
In the beginning, on September 15, we asked what the Vikings should do with Peterson when reports of his child-abuse case were first made public.
|Reinstate him during the legal process.||3530||42%|
|Suspend him during the legal process.||2693||32%|
|Release him outright.||2247||27%|
Two days later, when the Vikings reinstated him, we asked how you felt about that:
The next day, he was suspended again -- and wouldn't play for the rest of the 2014 season. Did you agree with the call?
Then we asked if Peterson would ever play for the Vikings again:
That was it for our Peterson questions until early November, when Peterson's legal case was settled and we asked if he should rejoin the Vikings. That's when we saw the first change of heart.
|Yes, he should rejoin the team right away||16305||72%|
|Yes, but not until he serves a longer suspension||2174||10%|
|No, he should not play again for the Vikings||4090||18%|
On November 17, after the NFL suspended Peterson for the rest of the season, we asked if you agreed with the decision:
A month later, when the NFL denied Peterson's appeal, you didn't like that by an even greater margin:
On New Year's Eve, we asked if you wanted Peterson to return to the Vikings -- and most were on board with that:
Earlier this month, when Peterson came to Minneapolis to appeal his suspension in court, we asked if you thought Peterson would play for the Vikings in 2015. You did:
And, once again, after Peterson said the Vikings didn't support him as much as he would have liked and his agent had a verbal altercation with a Vikings official, we asked one more time if you want Peterson back. Right now, you pretty much can't make up your mind.
|Yes, he's vital to the team's success in 2015||2043||49%|
|No, it's time for both sides to move on||2085||51%|
We'll see how you feel about this on April 15, when Peterson is eligible to be reinstated -- and maybe even again (and again) as the story plays out. Keep in mind, this isn't scientific polling. But we can make a pretty good argument these 10 polls do a pretty good job of tracking how the mood toward Peterson has shifted back and forth.
Adrian Peterson's near record-setting season was judged by an independent observer -- the very savvy Joe Posnanski -- as the ninth best season by a running back. When you look at the statistical evidence, you might agree. Or, you might not.
Posnanski's story appears in the Sports on Earth blog.
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