Adrian “All Day” Peterson’s homecoming in Minnesota on Monday Night Football was spoiled with a 29-19 loss in the Minneapple.
Making his much anticipated debut with the New Orleans Saints opening day against the team he was drafted and spent 10 years as a professional running back for, Peterson didn’t have the night he thought he would. The man who said he wanted to “stick it to” the Minnesota Vikings was limited to six carries for 18 yards receiving minimal playing time with Saints head coach Sean Payton sidelining him most of the game.
Cameras captured Peterson talking up to Payton on the sideline in what some speculated as a heated exchange.
Adrian Peterson is handling this well. pic.twitter.com/bn6KCwhnjp
— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) September 12, 2017
ESPN chimed in on the situation as well to spark controversy and mocking Peterson’s claim to keep that situation confidential.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 12, 2017
After the tweet, Peterson set the record straight by responding to ESPN’s tweet.
Let's be clear…I said we need to run the ball up their Donkey. Nothing more. I'm passionate but respect my coach at the same time
— Adrian Peterson (@AdrianPeterson) September 12, 2017
“Let’s be clear…I said we need to run the ball up their Donkey. Nothing more. I’m passionate but respect my coach at the same time,” Peterson tweeted Monday night.
Payton confirmed this as well during the postgame press conference.
“We weren’t in any heated exchange,” Payton said about Peterson. “Listen, I’d tell you if we were in a heated exchange, why don’t you ask him?…None that I can recall.”
Moving on through the season Payton is hopeful they will have a better running balance than showcased in week one, saying being down three possessions in the fourth quarter made them one dimensional.
“It’s kind of a catch 22 here, we have a short week and there’s some glaring things that need to be seen so before we just turn the page to New England we have to look at some things on tape from this game,” Payton said.
One of those things may be getting Peterson and running back Mark Ingram more involved in the gameplan.
By Gino Terrell