Fast Feet, Light(er) Wallet
As locally reported yesterday, Adrian Peterson was cited for speeding last Saturday. The amount of the ticket was not reported, but it’s most likely between $200-$300. The league also handed Peterson a fine today; however, they were much more specific with their amount. The fine was $5,000 for unnecessary roughness for an offensive facemask penalty against the Chicago Bears. As the Pioneer Press (via Twitter) pointed out, “Is it odd that Peterson will pay more money for his facemask penalty than the speeding ticket he received for supposedly doing 109 mph?” Anyway you look at it, it was a tough week for AP.
When I woke up this morning, I saw that ESPN.com and the Minneapolis Star Tribune were reporting on Peterson’s lead foot as well. You can read the ESPN story right here and the Star Tribune story right here, but since you’re reading this right now, I’ll pass along the worthwhile details. The police officer thanked Peterson for not trying to flee, and then added, “Good luck to you tomorrow.” If that’s not “Minnesota nice,” I don’t know what is.
Minnesota State Senator Steve Murphy, whom I’m sure is also very Minnesota nice, had a few more words: “Mr. Peterson is going to be walking for a little while. That’s an automatic suspension for anything over 100 mph. Just because he can go 100 mph on the football field doesn’t mean he needs to go 100 mph on our roads.” I guess it takes legislative measures to stop Adrian Peterson’s speed.
Finally, I’ll leave you with this little tidbit from Greg Bedard of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “Fourth time he’s broken the century mark this year.” Analysis like that is the reason he gets paid to write.
*UPDATE* – Apparently Adrian Peterson isn’t the only Viking that likes to drive fast. The Star Tribune reported that Bernard Berrian was pulled over Friday evening for speeding. He was allegedly traveling at a speed of 104 miles per hour.