Vikings RB Peterson Apologizes, Refunds To Be Given for Camp He Won’t Be At

The guys over at Access Vikings have been busy digging up some dirt on the Vikings biggest superstar, Adrian Peterson.

According to ProCampsWorldwide, the organizers of the youth camp with Peterson’s name attached, updated their website in an effort to take all the blame away from Peterson and to place it all on their own shoulders.

“ProCamps Worldwide would like to correct its previous statement regarding this week’s Adrian Peterson Camp in Norman, Okla., as well as take full responsibility for the scheduling mishap with this event. We erroneously stated that Adrian’s inability to attend the camp results from his involvement with the NFL Network’s Top 100 Players of 2011. In fact, he will be visiting the NFL Network on July 3, 2011.

“ProCamps has appreciated the opportunity to assist Adrian with his football camp the past three years and due to a breakdown in communication on our end, the camp was scheduled at a time that prevented Adrian from being able to attend. We would like to note that Adrian has never missed a minute of his camp since the inception and that over 1,000 kids have been impacted as a result. Furthermore, Adrian’s commitment to helping kids is reflective in the multiple football camps he has hosted since entering the NFL and continues through his commitment to his personal foundation as well as mission trips assisting kids around the world.

“ProCamps has been working diligently to put together an all-star roster of former OU players to host the camp until Adrian can return next year and continue the event. ProCamps has issued an apology to the campers for the situation as well offered full refunds to participants who do not want to attend and $70 worth of in kind gifts for those who will be attending the camp now hosted by [former Oklahoma players] Jason White, Mark Clayton and DeMarco Murray. We apologize for any convenience this might have caused anyone, specifically to Adrian, as well his fans and all camp attendees.”

When Peterson made his infamous slavery comments earlier this offseason I was somewhat willing to accept it as a poor choice of words from a man that seems genuinely generous and very rarely makes a poor choice in his actions.  The poor choices he does make tend to be relatively minor such as driving too fast, asking to use a McDonald’s bathroom after hours, or mis-scheduling his own parade to conflict with a mandatory minicamp.

Still, one can’t help but be annoyed that the face of the franchise seems to be slipping up more and more frequently with each year, even if this one wasn’t entirely his fault.

Brad Childress used to publicly advise Peterson to not stretch himself too thin over the offseason, something that would be easy to do given his fame, but it is unknown if Leslie Frazier has the same mentality.  And, unfortunately, it doesn’t matter what Frazier wants to tell Peterson because he can’t speak to him at all, thanks to the lockout.

Peterson issued an apology for the misunderstanding as to why he wasn’t going to be able to attend the youth football camp that has his name attached to it.

“I want to apologize to all the fans about the confusion regarding the camp in Norman,” Peterson said in a statement. “I hosted camps in Palestine and Tyler, Texas, last week that went great. Due to ProCamps misunderstanding of my schedule, I was never able to host this year’s Norman camp on their scheduled dates, but look forward to being back in 2012.”

To those that opt to not attend the camp after hearing of Peterson’s absence, full refunds are available.  ProCamps is offering extra gifts to those that do still attend.

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