(FOXNEWS) — Hall of Fame quarterback Fran Tarkenton — perhaps the most recognizable Minnesota Viking in franchise history — is “embarrassed” by the team’s decision to allow alleged child abuser Adrian Peterson to play this upcoming Sunday.
Tarkenton, 74, told FoxNews.com that Peterson, who faces up to 2 years in prison if convicted on charges of reckless or negligent injury to his 4-year-old son, has no business being on the sidelines this weekend as his case makes its way through the legal system.
“I’m embarrassed,” Tarkenton said Tuesday. “And I was on the very first Vikings team that ever was. And I’m embarrassed.
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“These are serious accusations,” Tarkenton continued. “And the only way you’re going to get the attention of an NFL player is to take away his paycheck and take him off the field. This is way above winning or losing a football game. I strongly disagree with the notion of playing him this week.”