"Idle time is the devil's play," Dayton told Minnesota Public Radio on Tuesday.
Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson faces a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest after a confrontation with an off-duty police officer at a Houston night club. His next court date is Aug. 6.
Dayton defended Peterson as "an upstanding citizen and really fine role model," noting that the back had denied responsibility for the July 7 altercation. The governor said his own security people suggested an off-duty officer in plainclothes who looks like a bouncer shouldn't necessarily expect to be treated like an officer.
Dayton said NFL players are off about half the year - more than athletes from other sports. (SI.com)
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