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WATCH: Harrowing Moments When a School Bus Crashed into Georgia Home


iStock/Thinkstock(CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga.) -- Newly-released video shows the harrowing moments when a school bus crashed into a Georgia home.

The accident happened Monday in Clayton County, in the central part of the state.

The video shows a red car crossing the center lane, causing the bus to swerve. The bus plowed into a mailbox, a bush and through the home’s driveway, into the building.

The windshield shattered in the crash, and the driver can be heard, distraught.

Somehow, the driver and home’s residents escaped serious injury. No passengers were on the bus.


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Another NFL Player Facing Charges; PepsiCo CEO 'Deeply Disturbed' by Mishandling of Issues


Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer was arrested Wednesday on allegations of aggravated assault for two separate incidents -- involving a 27-year-old woman and an 18-month-old child -- that occurred at his home in July, according to the Phoenix police department.

Dwyer was booked on one count of aggravated assault causing a fracture, one count of aggravated assault involving a minor, two counts of criminal damage, one count of preventing the use of a phone in an emergency, and assault.  He was released Thursday morning after posting the $25,000 bond.

The Cardinals said in a news release that Dwyer has been deactivated from all team activities.

The NFL said Dwyer’s arrest will be reviewed under the league’s personal conduct policy.

Meanwhile, Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy agreed to be placed on the NFL’s exempt list Wednesday. He will continued to be paid his guaranteed salary of $13.1 million and will be allowed to be at the team facility.

Hardy is awaiting a new trial in North Carolina after appealing a guilty verdict from July on two domestic violence charges.

"I understand that I need to step away from football right now and take care of this legal matter," Hardy said in a statement. "I am entitled to my day in court and that's where my focus should be."

Meanwhile, the San Francisco 49ers appear to be sticking with their decision to allow defensive end Ray McDonald to practice and play while he is under investigation for domestic violence.

McDonald was arrested on Aug. 31, but has not yet been charged.

In Chicago, the father of a woman who once dated Chicago Bears receiver Brandon Marshall when he was with the Denver Broncos called for Roger Goodell to resign Wednesday because he's disappointed in the way his daughter's abuse allegations were handled.

Clarence Watley spoke at a news conference arranged by attorney Gloria Allred and said his daughter, Rasheedah Watley, was abused by Marshall. Watley said he and others wrote to Goodell about his daughter's case and never heard back. Allred is not representing Watley or his daughter.

The Broncos issued a statement saying, “This issue from more than seven years ago involving a former player was taken very seriously by our organization, which firmly believes that violence of any type against women is wrong.”

The NFL issued a statement saying, “There were several incidents that resulted in no charges being filed. Nevertheless, due to the pattern of conduct, the NFL took disciplinary action in 2008.”

Marshall was suspended for three games, but the suspension was reduced to one game. He has denied the allegations and was never convicted.

And yet another NFL sponsor has chimed in on the current state of the league.  Indra Nooyi, the chairman and CEO of PepsiCo, released a statement saying that as “a mother, a wife, and a passionate football fan...I am deeply disturbed that the repugnant behavior of a few players and the NFL's acknowledged mishandling of these issues, is casting a cloud over the integrity of the league and the reputations of the majority of players who've dedicated their lives to a career they love.”

Nooyi said when it comes to child abuse and domestic violence, “there is no middle ground. The behaviors are disgusting, absolutely unacceptable, and completely fly in the face of the values we at PepsiCo believe in and cherish.”

The PepsiCo exec noted her company’s “long-standing partnership” with the NFL, and expressed confidence that [Commissioner] Roger Goodell “will do the right thing for the league in light of the serious issues it is facing.”

Nooyi concluded her statement by saying the league has an opportunity to “effect positive change.”

“I urge them to seize this moment. How they handle these cases going forward can help shape how we, as a nation, as a society, and as individuals treat domestic violence and child abuse," Nooyi wrote.


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Funeral for Pennsylvania State Trooper Killed in Ambush Attack


Cpl. Bryon Dickson (right) and Trooper Alex Douglass (left) pictured. (Pennsylvania State Police)(SCRANTON, Pa.) -- Mourners are gathering in northeastern Pennsylvania Thursday for the funeral of a state trooper slain last week in an ambush attack.

The suspected gunman remains on the loose.

Cpl. Bryon Dickson, 38, was fatally shot Friday, Sept. 12 outside the rural Blooming Grove barracks in Pike County. Another trooper, Alex Douglass, 31, was wounded.

The funeral for Dickson will be held in Scranton and hundreds of police officers are expected to attend.

The suspect was identified Tuesday as Eric Matthew Frein, 31, a skilled marksman and a survivalist with a grudge against law enforcement and authority. He is considered dangerous, possibly armed with a rifle and an AK-47. A three-state manhunt ensued after the shooting.

Schools in the Pocono Mountain School District remain closed again Thursday while the search for the gunman continues.


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Adrian Peterson's Mom Says Son Adores His Children


Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) -- Adrian Peterson's family is coming out in support of the embattled NFL player.

Peterson has been charged with reckless and negligent injury after allegedly using a thin branch to strike his 4-year-old son at his Texas home last May.

Peterson’s half-brother, 20-year-old Jaylon Brown, told ABC News that Adrian “loves his kids.”  

“He never harmed them intentionally,” said Brown. “He is the type of guy to teach his kids right from wrong. God knows. God has the last say at the end of the day in all of this. Only God can judge.”

Peterson’s mom, Bonita Jackson, told the Houston Chronicle that her son is a loving father who adores his kids.

"I don’t care what anybody says, most of us disciplined our kids a little more than we meant sometimes, but we were only trying to prepare them for the real world,” said Jackson.

“When you whip those you love, it’s not about abuse, it’s about love. You want to make them understand that they did wrong,” she added.

The 50-year-old Jackson said both she and Peterson’s father, Nelson Peterson, were "big disciplinarians" while raising their children. She admits she used her hand, switches and belts to spank all six of her children on occasion, but adds not to the point of injury.

Bonita Jackson told the newspaper her son is now receiving counseling to learn alternative discipline methods, such as having a child stand in the corner for five minutes.

In Minnesota on Wednesday, Vikings co-owner Zygi Wilf said the team did the right thing by putting running back Adrian Peterson on the exemption list Tuesday. Wilf and the rest of the Vikings organization believes they made a mistake reactivating Peterson earlier in the week while the legal process involving charges of child abuse against the running back proceeded.

The National Football League Players Association said Peterson cooperated during the process and will still get paid during the time he is away from the field.

Meanwhile, a Nike spokesperson said Wednesday the company was suspending its endorsement contract with Peterson.

ESPN reports Peterson jerseys are no longer available on the NFL's official site, NFLShop.com or on Nike.com or at any Nike retail outlet.

Peterson’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, said in a statement that his client “wants to continue his work in the NFL and contribute to his team and community.”

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Missing University of Virginia Student Seen on Video


Charlottesville Police(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) -- Surveillance videos of the last time missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham was seen were released on Wednesday and they appear to show the sophomore running at one point and retracing her steps as if she was uncertain of which way to go.

Charlottesville police also said that there is a legitimate reason to consider Graham's case as similar to that of at least one other girl who has disappeared in the area in the past five years.

“Both of them occurred within the proximity of the University of Virginia. Both of them are young girls,” Chief Timothy Longo said in reference to the 2009 case of Morgan Harrington.

Graham's parents said Wednesday in a statement that they suspected "foul play" in their daughter's disappearance after going out Friday night.

Longo said police were publicizing the surveillance videos in the hope that they would spur more clues to Graham's whereabouts.

Pounding the podium at one point and raising his voice, Longo said, "If you know something, pick up the phone."

He also said, "I hope we are able to find Hannah and bring her home safely."

Investigators have seized surveillance footage from a number of businesses and said the videos helped track Graham's movements on the night she disappeared. One video was from outside McGrady’s Irish Pub. Graham is seen going past the pub’s sidewalk patio section. Two minutes later she walks back into the frame, crosses in front of the restaurant without going inside and then walks back out of the camera's view in the direction she first came from.

About 10 minutes later at 12:55 a.m., she appears on the surveillance footage of a nearby Shell Station and looks as if she is running, but no one is seen behind her on the video.

Longo would not detail all of the texts that she sent to friends, but said she was in communication with them and it appeared as if “there was discussion among the friends about where they would meet up at a later time.”

“One of the entries suggested to me that she wasn’t familiar with where she was, but I didn’t get the sense that there was fear,” he said.

Police have previously said that Graham was intoxicated and the chief said Wednesday, "You can draw your own conclusion if the video depicts disorientation."

Longo said he was aware of two more videos that appear to show Graham that night, but police have not yet seen them.

Wednesday's press conference gave the most insight so far into the timeline of the search for Graham, an 18 year old sophomore. Longo said that it took friends and relatives more than a day to “compare notes” and realize that something was awry.

Graham’s mother, Susan Graham, called her son at some point on Sunday to see if he had heard from his sister and when he said no, he started reaching out to his sister’s friends to see if they had any word.

“He began investigating as well and by 5 or 6 (p.m.) they contacted (police),” Longo said.

Graham lived in an off-campus building with three roommates but police said that they did not become concerned until Sunday afternoon since they all have separate bedrooms and would not have necessarily known when she came and went.

“Her bed was made like it always is,” Det. Sgt. Jim Mooney said at the press conference.

Longo said that the Charlottesville police are leading the investigation and the FBI is involved.

They have also called on residents, specifically those who have large plots of land, to do personal searches of their land to see if there is anything that could possible help direct the police search. Longo said that they used a bloodhound Sunday night during their search of the Charlottesville blocks near where she was last seen but that did not “yield favorable results.” They have also interviewed an estimated 50 individuals but are hoping for many more calls from the public.

“I cannot imagine a more horrifying set of circumstances for a mom or a dad,” Longo said.


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Pentagon: 'So Help Me God' is Optional in Enlistment Oaths


Digital Vision/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Air Force opted on Wednesday to allow its members to omit the phrase "so help me God" when reciting their enlistment and appointment oaths.

Recently, an atheist airman was denied re-enlistment after he refused to end his oath with the phrase. The airman was told that regulations required the oath include the phrase.

The Pentagon General Counsel decided that such a phrase can't be mandatory in military oaths.

"In response to a request from the Department of the Air Force, the Department of the Defense's General Counsel issued a legal opinion today regarding the use of 'So help me God' in commissioning and enlistment oaths," Pentagon spokesman Lt. Commander Nate Christensen said Wednesday. "The General Counsel concluded that an individual may exclude the words, 'So help me God,' and that the Department may not compel the individual to include those words as a condition of enlistment or officer appointment."

The change goes into effect immediately.

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Tropical Moisture from Odile Will Bring Historic Rain to Southwest


ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Odile has been downgraded to a Tropical Depression as it continues its track into Southeastern Arizona -- and flash flood warnings are now in effect for California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.

Some places, including Tucson, Arizona, could see 4 to 6 inches of rain over the next two days, with the heaviest falling Wednesday and Thursday.

The wettest September on record for Tucson is 5.6 inches.

The highest two-day rain total for Tucson was 4.17 inches back in October 1983. This was from the devastating floods brought by Tropical Storm Octave. Known as “The Flood of 1983,” it killed 13 people, injured hundreds and left many homes, businesses, buildings and bridges heavily damaged or destroyed.

Now, eyes are beginning to turn to Tropical Storm Polo, the next named storm in the Eastern Pacific, which is following in Odile’s footsteps.

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Accused Pennsylvania Cop Shooter Played Soldiers in War Films


Pennsylvania Department of Transportation(CANADENSIS, Pa.) -- The suspect in the shooting of two Pennsylvania state troopers has spent years reenacting military history and has shaved the sides of his head into a bizarre Mohawk as "part of the mental preparation" for his alleged attack, police said Wednesday.

Eric Matthew Frein, 31, is charged with killing one trooper and wounding a second last Friday.

There is a massive manhunt underway for him. He is considered dangerous, possibly armed with a rifle and an AK-47. Schools in the district were closed Wednesday because of the search.

Lt. Col. George Bivens said Wednesday that Frein "belongs to a military simulation unit" that focused on Eastern European armies. "He has his head shaved on the sides with long hair on top," wider than a Mohawk.

Bivens said the hairstyle is "completely different from what he had worn for years... Investigators believe it was part of his mental preparation" for the alleged assault.

The officer also had a message for Frein during the news conference: "If you are listening to this broadcast... while cowering in some cool, damp hiding place, I want you to know know we are coming for you."

Jeremiah Hornbaker, who's known Frein through the film industry for nearly a decade, told ABC News that Frein was frequently hired as a military and weapons expert in films. Frein played the part of a German soldier in the 2007 short film, Lustig, according to its IMDb page.

Hornbaker said he was shocked to hear that Frein is wanted after allegedly opening fire at the State Police Barracks in eastern Pennsylvania last Friday. Frein worked mostly as a "background guy" who helped ensure historical accuracy of the films, he said.

"I'm still kind of dumbfounded by it," Hornbaker said. "He was kind of a jokey guy, he liked to have fun."

Hornbaker, 36, said Frein also helped out in the prop department and occasionally acted in films. He's an expert on guns, the military and history, he said.

Frein's father, a retired Army major, told police his son was a skilled shooter who "doesn't miss." Frein's father said there is a .308 rifle and an AK-47 assault rifle missing from his home.

Hornbaker, who is also from Pennsylvania, said Frein's love for guns isn't out of the ordinary in the state.

"That's the nature of our business," he said. "I have a large gun collection as well... That's why I hired him -- his knowledge of the weaponry and firearms."

"He was always an upbeat guy and enjoyed his work," Hornbaker said. "Clients always respected him for the information he brought. I got good reports on him."

Bivens said Frein bounced between odd jobs and never stayed in one position for long. He belonged to a group of military simulation enthusiasts obsessed with Eastern Europe during the Cold War.

"For many of these people, that's as far as they would take it," he said. "They make or obtain uniforms and study the history of that period, and I would liken it to almost a re-enactment."

He also said Frein had traveled to Europe in the "past few years."

Police warned residents to be alert during the dragnet for Frein. Bivens recommended people lock their doors and keep outside lights on, and be on the lookout for opened shed doors.

"More likely than not, he remains somewhere in this general area," Bivens said.

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Two NFL Teams Deactivate Players Accused of Abuse, Another Player Arrested


David Lee/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Two National Football League players were deactivated on Wednesday for separate criminal accusations, and police reported assault accusations made against another.

Early Wednesday morning, the Minnesota Vikings reversed course and announced that they would place running back Adrian Peterson on the Exempt/Commissioner's Permission list, requiring him to stay away from all team activities while he deals with an indictment on charges of child abuse stemming from what he says was discipline of at least one of his children.

An NFL spokesman called the Vikings move, "a good decision that will allow Adrian Peterson to resolve his personal situation and the Vikings to return the focus to the football field."

Greg Hardy, a member of the Carolina Panthers, was also place on the exempt list on Wednesday. The NFL Players Association called the decision a "voluntary leave of absence." Hardy was found guilty in July of assaulting his girlfriend and threatening to kill her. Hardy sought and was granted a new trial at the Superior Court level, as is allowed by North Carolina law.

The Phoenix Police Department released an arrest report for Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer on Wednesday. Related to a July incident, the report states that Dwyer was charged with aggravated assault causing a fracture, aggravated assault involving a minor, two counts of criminal damage, one count of preventing the use of a phone in an emergency and assault. Police say Dwyer admitted to the incidents but denied any physical assault.

After the league was criticized in recent weeks for its handling of the Ray Rice situation -- initially suspending him two games after accusations of punching his now-wife, then handing down a stiffer penalty after TMZ posted video of the incident -- the Arizona Cardinals acted swiftly, announcing on Wednesday night that they had immediately deactivated Dwyer from all team activities. The team said it was made aware of the allegations on Wednesday, and not in July when the incidents occurred.

Both Peterson and Hardy will receive their full salaries while on the Exempt/Commissioner's Permission List.

Attorney Gloria Allred and a pair of individuals who say they themselves or a relative were victims of violence and abuse at the hands of an NFL player spoke in Georgia on Wednesday, calling for league Commissioner Roger Goodell's resignation.

The NFL and the NFL Players Association also agreed to a new drug policy on Wednesday, approving the use of testing for human growth hormone, altering the appeals process and modifying penalties to, among other things, allow for players caught using banned stimulants during the offseason to be referred to the league's substance abuse program. Under the new deal, Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker, Dallas Cowboys safety Orlando Scandrick, and St. Louis Rams wide receiver Stedman Bailey will all be reinstated from suspensions, as they tested positive for stimulants during the last offseason.

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Twitter Sleuths Lead Cops to Suspects in Philadelphia Hate Crime


Philadelphia Police Department(PHILADELPHIA) -- Twitter users may have given Philadelphia police a big lead in investigating a violent hate crime.

Thanks to social media, police said they now know who they're looking for in connection with an alleged attack late Sept. 11 in downtown Philadelphia.

A group of "well-dressed" and "clean-cut" white men and women held down two men and beat them, making disparaging comments about their sexual orientation and stealing one victim's bag, police said. Both victims landed in the hospital, one beaten so badly he had his jaw wired shut and required facial surgery.

On Tuesday night, Twitter users determined to identify the suspects shared surveillance video police had released and asked for help.

 

Seriously it's 15 people someone knows someone who knows someone. http://t.co/saIxIV3yzM

— FanSince09 (@FanSince09) September 16, 2014

 

Another Twitter user named @GreggyBennet joined in the search, sharing a photo allegedly showing the same suspects at a restaurant earlier that night. He said a "friend of a friend of a friend" saw the video and sent him the photo.

 

Philly hate crime: pic.twitter.com/i3PBprO9nn

— Greg Bennett (@GreggyBennett) September 17, 2014

 

Even more Twitter users retweeted that photo and worked together to identify the restaurant in the background.

Then, @FanSince09 described on Twitter using Facebook Graph Search to see who checked in at La Viola on Facebook the night of the attack. @FanSince09 said he matched faces of people who had checked in to the restaurant to faces in the photo and contacted police.

@FanSince09 did not respond to ABC News' request for additional comment.

"We started getting all kinds of calls in terms of tips," Lt. John Stanford of the Philadelphia Police Department told ABC News Wednesday.

Another officer, Det. Joseph Murray, applauded Twitter users for helping, but said no arrests have been made.

Police said they were questioning suspects on Wednesday, but no one has been charged with a crime. The investigation was ongoing.

For years, the Philadelphia Police Department has been lauded for its use of social media to fight crime and engage the public.

"It's been a great tool," Stanford said.

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NYPD on Alert After ISIS Blog Targets Times Square


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The New York Police Department said Wednesday it is increasing its presence in Times Square after a blog post to an ISIS chat room called for attacks on the famous tourist spot.

"We are as prepared as any entity can be to deal with threats," said Police Commissioner Bill Bratton. "But the reality is that we are living in a newer era of potential terrorism."

There is no specific threat and the post appears to be from a 2010 al Qaeda Inspire magazine article.

The NYPD said it believes this is nothing but propaganda, one of many such postings over the years.

However, Bratton said that the ability to inspire lone wolves is the biggest threat ISIS poses to the United States.

Bratton added that none of the posts are specific or worrying in and of themselves.

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Manhunt for Accused Pennsylvania Cop Shooter Closes Schools


PennDOT(CANADENSIS, Pa.) -- Schools in one northeastern Pennsylvania district are closed Wednesday morning as authorities search for a sharpshooting survivalist suspected in a deadly ambush against state police troopers.

Eric Matthew Frein, 31, is accused of firing at police during a shift change at the Blooming Grove barracks in Pike County Sept. 12.

Corporal Bryon Dickson, 38, died in the attack, while Trooper Alex Douglass, 31, is recovering following surgery.

Due to the manhunt, the Pocono Mountain School District -- which consists of 10 schools -- are closed Wednesday because of safety concerns for students and staff.

Authorities received a break in the case Monday, when a man walking his dog in a wooded area noticed a green Jeep partially submerged in a pond and alerted police. Police searched the vehicle and found two spent .308 cartridges, camouflage face paint, a black hooded sweatshirt, two empty rifle cases, and information concerning foreign embassies.

The vehicle was registered to E. Michael Frein, the suspect's father, who is a retired Army major. The father told police that he trained his son to shoot and added that his son "doesn't miss."

He also told police that he was missing two weapons, a .308 rifle with a scope and an AK-47.


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Detroit Police Officer Faces New Trial in Girl's 2010 Shooting Death


iStock/Thinkstock(DETROIT) -- A Detroit police officer is preparing to stand trial for the second time in the shooting death of a 7-year-old girl, an incident videotaped by a reality TV crew.

Joseph Weekley is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the May 2010 shooting of Aiyana Stanley-Jones. The incident was videotaped for the A&E reality show The First 48, with Detroit police serving a warrant to a murder suspect.

The first trial last year ended in a hung jury. Weekley maintained it was all a tragic accident and he has pleaded not guilty, just as he did in his 2013 trial.

Aiyana was sleeping on the couch. Weekley has testified that the girl’s grandmother, Mertilla Jones, hit his submachine gun, coming down on it with her arm, causing him to accidentally fire.

Aiyana was shot in the head.

Weekley’s supervisor, Lt. Donald Johnson, told jurors in 2013 that Weekley was devastated following the shooting.

“He was just throwing up and crying and shaking, and just sporadic, 'Why did she hit my gun?'” Johnson said.

Jones insisted that she never went for Weekley’s gun.

“They messed up, and they know they done messed up,” she said.

Geoffrey Fieger, the family’s attorney, said police mishandled the situation and were performing for the TV cameras when Aiyana was killed.

“They knew they were being photographed for a TV show. So, they like to show all their cowboys-and-Indians, tough-guy military look,” Fieger said.

ABC News Chief Legal Affairs Anchor Dan Abrams said he was surprised that the jury in the first trial could not agree on a lesser misdemeanor charge against Weekley -- careless discharge of a firearm causing death.

“The fact that the jurors couldn’t compromise shows you how difficult a case this is,” Abrams said. “There must have been fierce divisions on that jury.”

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Vikings Place Peterson on Exempt List


Tom Dahlin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Minnesota Vikings have announced that Adrian Peterson has been placed on the NFL’s Exempt/Commissioner’s Permission list and will not play this Sunday.

The decision comes after the team announced earlier this week that it was reinstating him while the legal process involving charges of child abuse against the running back proceeded.

The Vikings now say Peterson will not be allowed to participate in any team activities until his legal matters are behind him.

The Vikings issued the following statement:

“This has been an ongoing and deliberate process since last Friday’s news. 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. After giving the situation additional thought, we have decided this is the appropriate course of action for the organization and for Adrian.”

The statement continues: "We are always focused on trying to make the right decision as an organization. We embrace our role - and the responsibilities that go with it – as a leader in the community, as a business partner and as an organization that can build bridges with our fans and positively impact this great region. We appreciate and value the input we have received from our fans, our partners and the community.
 
While we were trying to make a balanced decision yesterday, after further reflection we have concluded that this resolution is best for the Vikings and for Adrian. We want to be clear: we have a strong stance regarding the protection and welfare of children, and we want to be sure we get this right. At the same time we want to express our support for Adrian and acknowledge his seven-plus years of outstanding commitment to this organization and this community. Adrian emphasized his desire to avoid further distraction to his teammates and coaches while focusing on his current situation; this resolution accomplishes these objectives as well.
 
We will support Adrian during this legal and personal process, but we firmly believe and realize this is the right decision. We hope that all of our fans can respect the process that we have gone through to reach this final decision."

The statement is signed by team owners Zygi Wilf and Mark Wilf.


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Another Sponsor Critical of NFL, League Says It Is 'Taking Action'


David Lee/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Yet another sponsor of the National Football League spoke out on Tuesday about the league's fumbling of the Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson situations that have stirred up controversy in recent weeks.

"We are disappointed and increasingly concerned by the recent incidents that have overshadowed this NFL season," said the statement from Anheuser-Busch, the league's official beer sponsor. "We are not yet satisfied with the league's handling of behaviors that so clearly go against our own company culture and moral code." The company also says that it shared those concerns with the league.

The NFL responded to Anheuser-Busch's statement, with spokesman Brian McCarthy saying that the NFL is, "taking action and there will be much more to come."

Cynthia Hogan, former Deputy Assistant to the President and Counsel to the Vice President of the United States, was named the NFL’s Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Government Affairs on Tuesday.

Ray Rice was initially suspended for two games following an incident in which he allegedly punched his fiancee in an elevator at an Atlantic City, N.J. casino. Only after video from inside the elevator was released by TMZ, did NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell extend the suspension and the Baltimore Ravens cut Rice.

On Tuesday, the NFL Players Association filed an appeal of the extended suspension on Rice's behalf, asking for a neutral arbitrator to make a ruling.

Peterson was inactive this past week after allegations of child abuse arose stemming from an incident involving one of his children. He has not been suspended by the league, but he was reactivated by the Minnesota Vikings on Monday. Early Wednesday morning, the Vikings owners announced their decision to add Peterson to the exempt list, making him ineligible to participate in Vikings activities until his legal troubles are resolved.

Last week, PepsiCo and Campbell Soup Company both issued statements that were critical of the league's handling of the Ray Rice situation.

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