Minn. Governor Defends Vikings RB Peterson

Yahoo! Sports, July 18, 2012

Gov. Mark Dayton has a theory on why so many NFL players have been in trouble with the law lately—they have too much time on their hands and they have similarities with soldiers returning from war.


Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson faces a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest after a confrontation with an off-duty police officer at a Houston night club. {snip}

Adrian Peterson

Dayton defended Peterson as “an upstanding citizen and really fine role model,” noting that the back had denied responsibility for the July 7 altercation. {snip}

Dayton said NFL players are off about half the year—more than athletes from other sports.

“It means that young males who are heavily armored and heavily psyched as necessary to carry out their job are probably more susceptible to be in bars at 2 o’clock in the morning and have problems, or DUIs. It doesn’t excuse it, it just says that it probably comes with it,” Dayton said.


Football players aren’t ordinary citizens, he said, and compared the game to combat.

“It’s basically slightly civilized war, and then they take that into society, much as solders come back, and they’ve been in combat or the edge of it and then suddenly that adjustment back to civilian life is a real challenge,” Dayton said.

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  • All NFL players have the same offseason in common, yet only a certain type seems to get in trouble during it.
    Sounds like a certain Governor has too much time on his hands, if he has time to dream up flaky theories like this.

    If too much time on their hands is the problem, then pay them so little that they have to get second jobs in the offseason.  Professional athletes once had to do that.

    • Oil Can Harry

      Correct. Perhaps this intellectual giant known as Governor Dayton can explain why the white football players barely have any run-ins with the law.   

  • FedUp

    Any rationale in a storm, eh?  Always the excuse making for black behavior.  Most particularly in college and professional football.  They recruit thugs who couldn’t possibly otherwise get in to college or stay there, or could not possibly hold down a job you or I perform in, and then wonder why they have problems?  

    • Bon, From the Land of Babble

      And this is the overpaid fool that says playing football in the NFL is just like slavery.


  • “Football players aren’t ordinary citizens, he said, and compared the game to combat.

    “It’s basically slightly civilized war, and then they take that into
    society, much as solders come back, and they’ve been in combat or the
    edge of it and then suddenly that adjustment back to civilian life is a
    real challenge,” Dayton said.”

    It was a real challenge in high school to play 4 quarters of football on Friday night and then go party afterwards with all of my friends that weren’t on the football team. I also found it nearly impossible to do algebra AND learn the nuances of the quick slant and the 15 yard out route.

    • Good point.  What’s this malarkey about football players being soldiers, and football being war?  A typical NFL wide receiver wouldn’t have lasted a day in Fallujah.

      •  Don’t get me wrong, Football is a tough game.  If you play you ARE going to get hurt and hurt badly, that is guaranteed.   You can’t be afraid to get hurt or you will fail.  On every play everyone is basically just bashing the hell out of each other, so in a way it is like a large wrestling match or brawl.  I suppose mentally you have to prepare yourself as if you are going to battle.  But obviously any NFL player  NOT named Pat Tillman would probably cower in fear on the battlefield.

        • Rocky Bass,

           Yes, but you know you are not going to maybe at any time be turned into a pink spray in the wind by an IED. Or play backstop to a zingging 7.62X54R with your name on it.

        • Amren has discussed the history of all-black military units put together by Uncle Sugar during WWll and Korea. It is a tale of remarkable cowardice,chaos and brutality.  

      • The Worlds Scapegoat

         Pat Tillman lasted about 2 years then was shot by his own people, but he was white.

  • Francis Galton

    I never cared for football (or most other mainstream sports for that matter), and this type of thing just gives me one more reason not to like it. 

    It’s disgusting to me that otherwise upstanding, mainstream White males can get so worked up and obsessed over a game featuring ghetto thugs who hate White America and all it stands for.  If the typical slovenly, middle-aged American White male football fan were to encounter one of these football players in his (the thug’s) natural environment, he would be rolling up the car windows, checking the car door locks, reaching for his gun, running the other direction, and so on.

    As I’m sure many of you already know, Paul Kersey at Stuff Black People Don’t Like has very insightful articles about this sort of phenomenon.  It would be worth your while to check them out. 

    • redfeathers

      Paul’s articles are fantastic.

    • whiteuncleruckus

      im one of those white male football fans you are referring to. im not offended by what you said i think you made some good points. i watched and played football when i was a kid and enjoyed the game itself. as i got older i found myself playing with more and more blacks. it was at this point that i discovered the true nature of the black. playing football with black people was not a positive expirence for me. i now have two kids of my own and i have encouraged them not to play the game. ive been a fan/gambler for a long time. and because it glorifies and celebrates black thugs i have recently been having regrets about supporting it for as long as i have. i wish i could have seen it before the 60’s, before diversity ruined it. i wish i could have seen america before diversity ruined it. blacks are very forturnate white people invented game they are good at. (football, basketball) they are so ungrateful.

    • Rebelcelt

      I played football in high school and loved the sport.  I will still go to a college game every now and then. But, It just not what it used to be, I do not know if I changed or the game has, probably both. 
      I would not be overly sad if I never watched another game in my life. I would eventually like to move to another part of the country where white high school teams played each other in a tough competitive civilized enviorment. Besides that eehhhh who cares. 

      But white men cheering a bunch of blacks and obsessing over teams… leads to stuff like Joe Paterno.

  • JackKrak

    We cannot be surprised at anything anyone elected by the people of Minnesota says.

    • I take it that also refers to Jesse Ventura, and that pig Al Franken. Good grief, a pro wrestler and a flunkie comedian elected as governor and U.S. senator, respectively.

  • slimcat1

    Quite a few years ago, I worked in Houstontown. One Sat. night after work, we went to a bar that had a happy hour and music. We were in their quite awhile and one of my buddies said he was going outside to get some air. After awhile, I went outside to see if everything was okay with him. There was a cop there (they worked for the clubs while they were off duty, but worked in conjunction with on duty police units) and I asked him if I’d seen my buddy and described him. Yeah, he’d seen the yankee and had just put him in a paddy wagon and if I didn’t get away from him the same thing was going to happen to me. I saw nothing to be gained by getting arrested and went back inside and got the rest of the guys and we went down to the Harris Cty. jail and got my friend out. Now I didn’t recite that to stick up for Adrian Peterson (he’ll get his butt in real trouble soon enough). Only to let you know how it works in Houstontown.

    As for the idiot, Mark Dayton – spoken like a man who’s never taken part in a real war.

  • Along with all the stress of playing football which apparently is equivalent to war. This poor young lad also has to cope with the stress of only making $8 million a year. Give a brother a break y’all.

    • You want stress? When Taquanda,Latreesha,and LaQuaneeda file their paternity suits,it can get QUITE stressful!

  • Shawn_thefemale

    And this is your typical white Democrat 60’s hippy, non military, with an lsd distorted brain.

  • Sloppo

    So … the governor thinks Tim Tiebow will become a violent criminal because of  PTSD.  Perhaps he would like to make a wager …

  • tickyul

    Go Footballtards!!!!!!

    Cheer on those great athletes, part time ball players, full time thugs.

  • My God.

    A negro making millions of dollars for doing nothing but running back and forth and catching a ball every now and then is now worthy of being compared to underpaid White Men whom have Sacrificed their Lives and Limbs for this Country?

    On another note:  if millions or hundreds of thousands of dollars a year salary can’t make them stop their African Ghetto behaviors then nothing can.

    • You hit the nail on the head, paisan. It doesn’t matter how much you pay Bantus – whether in baseball, football, boxing, basketball, or the performing arts. Bantus are Bantus are Bantus. They’ll NEVER change.

      For decades, we were told that Bantus were the way they were, because of poverty, Jim Crow, lack of opportunity, lack of education, etc.

      Guess what? How do all those causes I mentioned, explain the likes of Mike Tyson, Rae Carruth, Calvin Murphy, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson or Adrian Peterson? 

  • The Worlds Scapegoat

    “they have too much time on their hands and they have similarities with soldiers returning from war.”

    I was in Saudi Arabia with the Army in 1994-95. There wasn’t a war. When I came back, I didn’t rob, rape, and murder, but the blacks did. Maybe he means it is like a black soldier coming back from war.

    The real problem is that these sports players are now allowed to commit crimes and display bad behavior without being punished. I don’t remember stories about Babe Ruth being a problem.

  • Uncle Ruckus

    NFL players only began hitting the crime page as much as the sports page AFTER the NFL became the Negro Football League.  Before that, the almost totally white NFL was composed of real sportsmen who saw themselves as heroes to working whites (and white children)  and acted like it.  Not saying a guy like Johnny Unitas was a saint . . . but these were upstanding sportsmen who practiced sportsmanship on and off the field.  They were also PROFESSIONALS in every sense of the word.

    Negroes ruin everything.  A game is no exception.  I struggle to understand how whites are willing to shell out hundreds of dollars to see these animals play.

    • anarchyst

      I agree with  your premise in everything but one pint.  Football players are not “heroes”. . . the real “heroes” are on the battlefields in the various wars that have been fought for the “controllers” . . .

  • NM156

    Football is on the way out. Blame idiots like this guy, who deny football’s realities such as CTE, the institutional collusion at Penn St. to cover up for Sandusky, and the incorrigibility of its black players. The class action lawsuit representing 2000 former NFL players claiming negligence on the part of their teams for failing to warn them of brain damage will start the avalanche of massive settlements; parents whose boys are experiencing early symptoms of brain malfunction will deliver the coup de grace to US football.

  • Recent ESPN Poll:  Are you cheering for the golfer with “Eldrick Tont” on his birth certificate to win the British Open?

    70% of voters said yes.

    Now, it’s a self-selecting sample of sportstards, so general population polling would be different.   Needless to say, I voted no.

  • All football, from the NFL down to Pee-Wee, needs to take a year off for among other things, Sandusky penance.   For one, I don’t think Sandusky is the only Sandusky.  Not only that, we need a collective catharsis of all the crimes, immorality, debauchery, idiocy and insanity our society tolerates in the name of football.  Proof of what I say is this idiot Governor saying that “football players aren’t ordinary citizens.”  I would have expected that bilge from a Texas politician, or most Deep South politicians.  But a Minnesota politician saying it means that the opiate cult of football is a more widespread infection than even I thought.

  • HenryHolliday

    Well that kills my theory. I thought it was because they were a bunch of overpaid thugs on steroids.

  • The__Bobster
  • anarchyst

    This ranks right up there with those Vietnam war “protestors” that later claimed to be Vietnam veterans . . .

  • anarchyst

    This infatuation with football also extends to high-school teams.  In Amarillo, Texas, football jocks murdered a fellow student for being “different”.  When brought to trial, the football jocks got an O.J. Simpson verdict–“not guilty”.  You see, these were championship football players who could not be bothered with a prison sentence.  The school system championship game was forthcoming.
    You can google it to read the sordid details.

  • Punishment. It has nothing to do with weight. Put any one of these guys in Stalin’s torture chambers. The results would surprise no one …

  • Up to my neck in CA

    Yet the Football Zombie fans keep shelling it out!

    “The SBLs for the majority of the 9,000 Club Seats are priced at $20,000 and $30,000.”

  • HenryHolliday

    Dayton, if you’d ever been in combat, you’d know better than to make such a ludicrous comparison. Well, maybe not. Look at Juan McRINO.

  • what an ugly son of a gun. And you tell me we are the same species????I only hope Stephen Jay Gould is roasting in Hell where he belongs…with the rest of his bunch.

  • You will never hear such maudlin blubbering as you do when a sportswriter hears the name of Jackie Robinson!