When addressing the issue of performance enhancing drugs in the NFL, Adrian Peterson doesn’t know exactly who is “trying to get the edge,” but he isn’t one of them.
Peterson spoke with USA Today Sports during training camp on Monday, saying that he takes those accusations “as a compliment.”
“Seriously. Especially with the amount of work I put in,” Peterson said. “Guys say that to me, or if I hear someone saying that — it makes me feel good.
“When you know you don’t do it, and someone’s saying you do, you’re like, ‘Wow. They think I’m on HGH? I’m doing that good? Well, hoo! Thank you, Jesus!’ It’s a compliment. I don’t get mad about it at all.”
We’re definitely in a period where strong messages sent by players accused of using PEDs rings hollow. Any player that raises their level of play will be subject to that criticism, and even that is an ongoing debate about whether or not it is right to judge a player for using them.
It should be. It’s not saying that Peterson is using them, but if any evidence was revealed it should hardly surprise any sports fans that’s been duped by numerous baseball players over the years.
Any player in any sport will try to protect their image until they are caught. All Peterson needs to do is continue showing it on the field and letting the clean test results tell the proof.