Fran Tarkenton Reacts To Adrian Peterson's Return: 'Surprise Surprise'

Arguably the most recognizable player in Vikings franchise history, Fran Tarkenton had harsh words for his former team in a HuffPost Live conversation Monday, and for NFL owners in general.

During the conversation, news broke that the Vikings will reinstate Adrian Peterson — who was arrested on child abuse charges over the weekend — for Sunday's game against the Saints. Peterson's arrest capped a tumultuous week for the NFL image-wise, maybe the worst in the league's history.

To put it mildly, Tarkenton was not pleased with the decision to let Peterson play on Sunday.

"Surprise, surprise, surprise. Keep in mind: these owners are already billionaires. They can't spend all their money, and they're getting all juiced up and charged up," Tarkenton told host Marc Lamont Hill. "And the Vikings lost last week. They impressed me with the week before. I'm not surprised. The owners aren't going to change anything. They're going to look the other way."

With Peterson in the lineup, the Vikings (1-1) shredded the Rams in Week 1, 34-6. Peterson, who has gained over 1,000 yards in six of seven seasons as a pro, didn't play in the Vikes' 30-7 loss this past Sunday to the Patriots.

"It ought to be controlled. They ought to not allow the behavior of players going on today," Tarkenton continued. "What it is now, it's totally out of control. It's about 'Win, baby, win.'"

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