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Adrian Peterson now out ‘indefinitely’

Adrian Peterson
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Adrian Peterson

The third time’s the charm? Early Wednesday morning, the Vikings — reversing an earlier decision — announced that they are indefinitely suspending Adrian Peterson in the wake of his indictment on child abuse charges, reports the Pioneer Press’ Kevin Cusick: “After a day in which Minnesota’s governor and one of its senators called for the suspension of the star running back, the team placed Peterson on the exempt/commissioner’s permission list, meaning he cannot take part in any team activities while his case proceeds. Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf issued a press release at 12:47 a.m. … ‘This has been an ongoing and deliberate process since last Friday’s news,’ [the Wilfs’ statement read]. ‘In conversations with the NFL over the last two days, the Vikings advised the League of the team’s decision to revisit the situation regarding Adrian Peterson. In response, the League informed the team of the option to place Adrian on the Exempt/Commissioner’s Permission list, which will require that Adrian remain away from all team activities while allowing him to take care of his personal situation until the legal proceedings are resolved.'”

Meanwhile, Peterson’s lucrative endorsement deals are witheringMike Kaszuba and Master Tesfastion of the Strib report, “Even Peterson’s Texas-based philanthropic foundation shut down its website, saying it was on ‘hiatus’ and would ‘re-engage after Adrian, his family and staff have reflected on how the current situation impacts the direction for Adrian’s philanthropy.’ Nike’s store at the Mall of America stopped selling No. 28 jerseys, and Wheaties confirmed it had severed ties with Peterson.”

A Strib commentary by a St. Thomas ethics prof, Christopher Michaelson, says, “Should it surprise us that exceptionally large, strong and fast men — who have been trained, exhorted and rewarded since childhood to annihilate one another on the field — have difficulty restraining these impulses off the field? … Even as [the NFL has] put new rules in place increasing protections for so-called ‘defenseless’ players, regulators seem unable to keep pace with the speed and strength of the modern player. Of greater concern is that they have not even begun systematically to examine holistically whether the on-field behaviors they champion translate into off-field recklessness.”

As you might expect, conservatives are giddy at the departure of PreferredOne Health Insurance from MNsure. Says The Daily Caller, “The largest insurer with the lowest premium rates on Minnesota’s Obamacare exchange is dropping out because the government health-exchange is unsustainable, the company announced Tuesday. … Minnesota is scheduled to announce premium rates for 2015 Obamacare plans in October and signs point to looming price hikes that will hit Minnesotans doubly hard.”

Likewise, GOP candidates: Patrick Condon of the Strib says, “Republican candidate for governor Jeff Johnson blasted Gov. Mark Dayton on Tuesday for what he called ‘breathtaking incompetence,’ after it was revealed that the insurance company that sold more policies on MNsure than any other is pulling out of the exchange.”

Beth McDonough’s story for KSTP-TV says, “Gov. Mark Dayton says the move is competition in action. Dayton has called the state-run exchange he championed a success because it has cut the ranks of uninsured by nearly 41 percent. Republicans say PreferredOne’s withdrawal is the latest sign of systemic problems.”

At the website Healthcare Dive, Katie Bo Williams says, “The lesson here is that high enrollment doesn’t necessarily translate to program solvency, notes healthcare analyst Dan Diamond. Small insurers often struggle with the ‘administrative and financial complexity’ of managing large customer bases on ACA exchanges, according to Diamond.  … What remains to be seen is how the PreferredOne withdrawal will impact state premium rates in 2015. According to University of Minnesota political expert Larry Jacobs, rates could go up by 10% to 15% in 2015.”

Dave Chanen of the Strib tells the sordid tale of a serial child molester’s evasion of justice. “[Douglas] Robinette’s capture came too late for his 14-year-old victim and others. Despite many red flags through the years — eviction by relatives, failure to complete sex offender treatment and investigations — he was not apprehended until much damage was done. Even while under investigation for making child porn in 2010, he was molesting the young teen, who like several of his other victims was considered vulnerable and easily exploitable. Federal officials indicted Robinette in 2013, describing him as a predator and an extreme danger.”

And then there’s still the Archdiocese. Madeleine Baran at MPR writes, “Efforts by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis to cover up clergy sex abuse stretch back to at least the 1950s — a decade earlier than previously revealed, according to documents released today by victims’ attorneys. The archdiocese file on the Rev. Louis Heitzer shows that bishops used now-familiar strategies to protect Heitzer from prosecution nearly six decades ago. During the 1950s and 60s, four bishops failed to notify police of allegations that Heitzer sexually abused several boys. Instead, the archbishops transferred Heitzer to 14 parishes over his 27-year career.”

This seems unnecessary. Says Alejandra Matos in the Strib: “Amelia Backes is an eighth-grader at Carondelet Catholic School in south Minneapolis who just got cut from the public school’s alpine ski team. Poor performance did not doom her chances; enforcement of a long-ignored rule did. … Backes was eliminated from the team after athletic officials decided that students not in public schools could no longer participate in taxpayer-funded sporting programs.”

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was in town yesterday. Elizabeth Mohr of the PiPress writes, “Her most disarming and telling remarks came at the end of the nearly two-hour Minneapolis engagement. A 12-year-old boy, after complimenting the veteran justice on her work in the courtroom, asked Ginsburg what would be the defining issues for the courts of the future. Without missing a beat, the measured Ginsburg told the boy, ‘One issue that will certainly be on the table is the environment. … Saving our planet will be a central issue of your time.’”

Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by Fluffy Rabinowitz on 09/17/2014 - 08:39 am.

    Jeff Johnson

    MHP, the Hennepin County HMO, received permission from Medicare & DHS to discontinue the MSHO/Senior product. The county has been discussing this since June- when is this announcement going to be made?

    Commissioner Johnson should clean up the mess at MHP before he goes after MNSURE.

    Why are my tax dollars going to support an HMO with less than 30,000 members?

  2. Submitted by Greg Kapphahn on 09/17/2014 - 12:37 pm.

    Jeff Johnson Proves His Ignorance (or Worse)

    The question is, is Mr. Johnson simply completely ignorant of how the MNSure exchange is managed and operated and how much of the basic ground rules are established by the federal government,…


    is he such a demagogic fool that he believes there are Minnesotans who are stupid and ignorant enough to believe that Gov. Dayton is directly responsible for the insurance market conditions, demands of the Federal Affordable Care Act, and PerferredOne’s own internal issues which caused them to withdraw from providing policies under MNSure net year/

    In my estimation the only “breathtaking incompetence” in this circumstance was demonstrated by Mr. Johnson and/or the campaign staff members who were foolish enough to allow him to make such a charge,…

    which is clearly nothing short of a continuing attempt to throw against the wall as much garbage as you can dredge up out of your OWN trash can in the hopes that SOMETHING will stick,…

    at which point you can point at your OWN garbage stuck to your OWN wall and try to blame for the Governor for it.

    Good luck with that.

    • Submitted by jason myron on 09/17/2014 - 04:37 pm.

      What else does Johnson have, Greg?

      He’s preaching to the same clowns who after a cold day say “so much for global warming,” whine that the books are cooked when the job numbers are good and scream that Dem policies are failing when the numbers go down. His problem, as you accurately point out, is that the voting bloc he’s desperate to reach aren’t as ideological ignorant as the rest of his shrinking demographic.

  3. Submitted by beryl john-knudson on 09/17/2014 - 03:11 pm.

    So much for hail Marys…

    Well, nice to see two institutions mentioned here, the football/ pro-sports arena and the arch-diocese arena.

    Religion and sports…two institutions ignoring denying; controlling and abusing the young and the state dares not interfere; does not prosecute or stop the unending process?

    All football super heroes do not beat their children, abuse their wives.
    All priests do not abuse the children in that institution.

    But some do and should be held more than just accountable.

    We live and accept this crazy world where violence in its many forms are tolerated and exploited for the sake of power and perpetrated on the vulnerable, be it individuals, institutions or nations,

    If we ever learn to stop abusing others ( the old winner/loser mentality taken to an extreme?) on a grand scale we could change the individual, group attitude that condones it?

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