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Camp organizer: Blame us, not Adrian Peterson

Adrian Peterson, Reed Doughty

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) scores a touchdown as Washington Redskins safety Reed Doughty hangs on during the first half of an NFL football game in Landover, Md., Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivias)


The company organizing this week’s Adrian Peterson Football Camp has acknowledged that its previous statement explaining why Peterson won’t attend the camp was false, and the company says Peterson had nothing to do with the screw-up and doesn’t deserve to be blamed.

“ProCamps Worldwide would like to correct its previous statement regarding this week’s Adrian Peterson Camp in Norman, Oklahoma as well as take full responsibility for the scheduling mishap with this event,” the company says in a statement on its web site. “We erroneously stated that Adrian’s inability to attend the camp results from his involvement with the NFL Network’s Top 100 Players of 2011. In fact, he will be visiting the NFL Network on July 3, 2011. ProCamps has appreciated the opportunity to assist Adrian with his football camp the past three years and due to a breakdown in communication on our end, the camp was scheduled at a time that prevented Adrian from being able to attend.”

In other words, ProCamps decided to start charging parents $199 to send their kids to the Adrian Peterson Football Camp without checking to see whether Adrian Peterson could make it. Now the company says it will offer full refunds to those who don’t attend.

The camp will still take place Thursday and Friday at the University of Oklahoma Intramural Fields, with former Oklahoma player Jason White, Mark Clayton and DeMarco Murray in attendance.

“We apologize for any inconvenience this might have caused anyone,” ProCamps says, “specifically to Adrian, as well his fans and all camp attendees.”