Adrian Peterson probably won’t be playing for the Vikings in 2014 and there’s a chance he’ll never suit up for Minnesota again, but that doesn’t mean the Vikings plan on letting you exchange your Peterson jersey for a different one.
In a statement this week, the Vikings said they have no current plans to hold a jersey exchange. “No, we are not contemplating a jersey exchange program,” the team told ProFootballTalk.com. “Adrian remains a member of this organization and we will support him through the legal and personal process.”
Ravens fans got a chance to exchange their Ray Rice jerseys in Baltimore on Friday and Saturday. Early estimates indicate that the exchange was pretty popular. According to the Associated Press, the team handed out almost 5,600 jerseys before running out. The team also handed out another 2,400 vouchers.
That led a fan in Minnesota to ask the Vikings if he could exchange his five Peterson jerseys that he had bought for his wife and three kids.
“We understand and appreciate the range of emotions our fans have expressed throughout the process, and we hope they can respect our decision,” VikingsLockerRoom.com told the fan. “At this time we do not have a jersey exchange program in place. Adrian remains a member of the Vikings organization, and we will continue to support him through this legal and personal process.”
The Vikings could change their mind somewhere down the road, but as of right now, if you own a Peterson jersey, you’re stuck with it.
Undercover cops wearing Packers jerseys at Seahawks opener
Seahawks fans are going to be plenty loud and plenty rowdy come Thursday night when the 2014 NFL season kicks off. But anyone who is too rowdy might get arrested. By a Packers fan.
Well, technically it will be an undercover cop, but those guys will be wearing opposing team jerseys once again this year.
“The Seahawks remind all fans attending home games at CenturyLink Field that undercover law enforcement officers will be outfitted in opposing team jerseys,” the team said in a statement. “These undercover police officers assist security and game day staff to quickly detect fans exhibiting unruly and inconsiderate behavior.”
Incosiderate behavior consists of — but is not limited to:
Disruptive or illegal in nature
Intoxication or other signs of alcohol or substance impairment that results in irresponsible behavior
Foul or abusive language or obscene gestures
Interference with the progress of the game (including throwing objects onto the field)
Failing to follow instructions of stadium personnel
Verbal or physical harassment of opposing team fans
Verbal or physical harassment of stadium guests and staff members
Smoking or tobacco use on CenturyLink Field property
It’s a smart thing for the Seahawks to do. You keep rowdy fans from getting excessively aggressive and you do it by making sure they don’t harass fans in opposing jerseys.
After all, you never know who might be undercover 5-0.