Adrian Peterson Charity's Largest Recipient: an Anti-Gay Minister?

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    Oct 07, 2014 7:24 PM GMT

    NFL star running back Adrian Peterson has always been on the periphery among anti-gay Christian athletes, moreso by association than his actual words or Tweets. Last year, the currently-suspended Minnesota Vikings and former Oklahoma Sooner star declared, as Minnesota debated marriage equality:

    CBSSports"I have relatives who are gay," Peterson said on Sirius XM radio. "I'm not biased towards them. I still treat them the same. I love 'em. But again, I'm not with that. That's not something I believe in. But to each his own."

    Peterson followed that weeks later with tepid anticipation that a hypothetical gay NFL teammate "wouldn't bother me that much."

    Still, somewhat lost amid the media attention toward his forthcoming child (non-sexual, unless you count the welts on the poor child's scrotum) abuse trial was the charitable foundation AP leads, the "All Day" foundation named after the tireless persona likes to be known for.

    The nonprofit foundation hasn't submitted tax information since 2011. But in that and the three prior years, one recipient of AP's foundation donations sticks out.

    ESPN"Outside the Lines" examined IRS forms for Peterson's charity for the years 2008 through 2011 and found discrepancies between the All Day Foundation's stated mission of helping at-risk children and where much of its grants landed.

    For the foundation's first four years, 2008 through 2011, its single largest beneficiary was Straight From The Heart Ministries. More than 50 percent ($207,081 out of $414,130 in grants) was given by the All Day Foundation to Straight From The Heart. More recent IRS forms were not available for review.

    The man listed as the president and co-founder of that ministry is named Bill Horn, who was on the Peterson foundation's board and also, at one point, served as its treasurer.

    In the late 1990s, Horn, a former sports broadcaster in California, ran an organization by the same name that publicly denounced the gay community. He also produced a graphic video titled "The Gay Agenda," which questioned the notion of homosexuality, and recruited Green Bay Packers defensive end Reggie White to campaign against gay rights in Iowa.

    Years later, Horn moved to Oklahoma, where he befriended former Sooners defensive tackle Tommie Harris and started a sports marketing company. Before long, he was in control of Peterson's charity.

    When contacted Tuesday, Horn told "Outside the Lines" that Straight From the Heart was just one name for an offshoot of a church in Rancho Mirage, Calif. Churches are not required to make their finances public, so it's not clear how they spend money. Horn, despite being listed in various government filings and directories as the Straight From The Heart president, said he was never on the board, but that he was "involved."

    "We don't know everything it did," said Horn, who noted the ministry did business in Texas, Minneapolis and Chicago. "It was doing inner-city outreach and feeding people, giving haircuts to kids, did back-to-school programs, did turkeys at Thanksgiving," he said.

    Horn acknowledged the ministry's mission was originally to oppose gay rights, but it "changed and decided not to do that and to help people."

    Peterson's newest financial advisor vows that Horn is no longer involved with the group, and tax forms for 2012 and 2013 will be submitted soon demonstrating that.

    As hinted in the ESPN article, Horn's jock-riding magnetism toward high-profile Christian athletes was not new. Former NFL all-time sacks leader Reggie White was recruited by Horn after an infamous 1998 anti-gay speech laden with racial stereotypes before the Wisconsin Assembly.

    Dave Zirin, then writing for Counterpunch (2004)White continued to speak out against Gays and Lesbians, and in doing so, allied himself with a rogue’s gallery of bigots and hate mongers. His "family spokesman" became a man named Bill Horn, president of the vociferously anti-gay organization "Straight from the Heart Ministries".

    Soon White was getting support, well-wishes and speaking engagements from the likes of the Rev. Donald Wildmon’s American Family Association (AFA), Gary Bauer’s Family Research Council, and the Christian Coalition. Unlike Bauer who resembles a Kermit the Frog Shrinky Dink, White could actually articulate the "Pro-Family agenda" equating Gays with child molesters and drug addicts, while not making the audience (nauseous). His Blackness was also a plus for near all-white groups trying to shake accusations that their anti-Gay "pro-family" agenda was a kissing cousin to both racist and white supremacist ideas.

    Des Moines Register (November 1999)A rally protesting Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack's executive order on gay rights, scheduled for tonight in Des Moines, is drawing fire from Democratic activists.

    Conservative leader Gary Bauer, a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, and former professional football player Reggie White are scheduled to attend the rally at 7 p.m. at the Hotel Fort Des Moines.

    The rally is sponsored by anti-gay rights activist Bill Horn of Altoona and his Straight From The Heart Ministries.

    At issue is an executive order signed by Vilsack that bans discrimination in executive branch state agencies on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

    Horn, in a statement issued Monday, said the order "is a big political payoff to the governor's transvestite and cross-dresser supporters and I am shocked that this small group of people should have so much influence over the governor of the state of Iowa."

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    Oct 07, 2014 7:25 PM GMT

    White, wearing an unauthorized Packers uniform, then appeared in a national newspaper ad campaign where he pleaded for gays to "cease" their homosexuality. He never apologized or fully abandoned his anti-gay rhetoric, but he was turning away from hardcore Christian evangelism for a kinder-gentler Messianic faith when he died suddenly in 2004.

    Horn would like people to believe his own anti-LGBT rhetoric is all in the rear-view mirror. Yet it remains unclear how hundreds of thousands of dollars received from Peterson's charity were used. Here was Horn talking about presidential elections in 2008, around the time Peterson's charity funds started rolling in:

    CNSNews (July 2008 )Often accused by opponents of being vague on the issues, Texas Governor George Bush Tuesday staked out his position on homosexual marriage, homosexual adoption, and lifting the ban on homosexuals in the Boy Scouts: he's against all three.

    But Bill Horn, publisher of the pro-traditional values newsletter Straight From the Heart, says that he'd like Bush to answer more questions about his views on the controversial issue homosexuality in politics and culture.

    "Governor Bush believes that marriage is between a man and a woman and therefore does not believe in gay marriages," said Bush's response to a series of questions from Horn, which was released to Bush also said he "believes that children ought to be adopted in families with a man and woman who are married."

    He added that the New Jersey Supreme Court erred when it struck down the Scouts' ban on homosexuals serving as scoutmasters.

    "He believes the Boy Scouts is a private organization and they should be able to set their own standards," read the statement.

    Horn called the statement a "good start," but said that he hoped to ask the campaign several more questions on Bush's views.

    "The homosexual lobby has been touting [Bush] as one of theirs, but obviously he's not - he doesn't support their extreme views," Horn told

    Horn hopes that Bush will answer specific questions on his views about homosexuality in educational curricula.

    Horn said that all of the Republican presidential candidates have answered the group's questions about homosexuality except Elizabeth Dole and Senator John McCain (R-AZ). Calls to the McCain campaigns by were not returned.

    As to Peterson's active and unrelated child abuse charges, news reports today indicate he plans to plead not guilty. He'll continue to receive his $11.75 million salary but remains banned from NFL team activities until his case is resolved.
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    Oct 07, 2014 8:04 PM GMT
    Since 2009, Bill Horn's appeared to have redirected his personal energies away from "Oh No The Gay Agenda!" and toward a "Pros For Africa" charity. Whether ALL "pros" would be welcome to participate, or just the sold-out-for-Jesus set, seems to be up-for-grabs.
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    Oct 08, 2014 1:24 PM GMT
    "All Day" Adrian's more upset, apparently, about the newer allegations unearthed by the Star Tribune. Among other things, the newspaper investigation alleges his Foundation credit card was used to pay for an alcohol-fueled orgy including him, two male relatives (including one minor) and four women (because Family Values, silly, so shut up). The tryst became a police report when one woman filed a complaint...

    StarTribuneThe 38-page police report details a night of drinking, arguing and sex that involved the running back, two relatives — including Peterson’s brother, a minor — and four women, in various pairs. One of those present, Chris Brown, a Peterson relative who lives with him in Eden Prairie, told police that he paid for the room using a company credit card for Peterson’s All Day, Inc.

    As the night wore on, the report says, one woman who said she knew Peterson previously became upset when she saw him having sex with another woman. She started an argument that lasted at least an hour. According to the report, when she told him that she was “emotionally attached to him,” Peterson reminded her that he was engaged to another woman and had a baby.

    The next day one of the women filed a police complaint that was investigated for months. Peterson insisted on his innocence and, at one point, arrived to provide evidence at police headquarters through a back door, his face shrouded by the hood of his sweatshirt.

    His attorney, Peter Wold, arranged for Peterson to take a polygraph test, and said he quickly passed and that he also tested “clean” for drugs.

    “The presumption of guilt is magnified for someone like AP, even when he’s innocent,”
    said Wold.

    Hennepin County prosecutors, after reviewing the file, declined to file charges.

    The question of how the hotel room was paid for, however, lingered.

    DeadspinAdrian Peterson took to his Twitter account Tuesday night. This was a really bad idea.

    The text message seems to be a series of 11 talking points—presumably sent to Peterson by a PR flack—relating to a recent investigation by the Star Tribune into Peterson's charitable activities. The Star Tribune investigation was incredibly damning, revealing that Peterson's foundation is essentially a sham. It appears that Peterson's PR strategy is to assert inaccuracies in the Star Tribune's reporting, and instead deflect people to an earlier report on his charitable activities from ESPN.

    (Peterson's people, who have also urged us to read this report, may not have actually read it, given that it connects Peterson's foundation to an anti-gay bigot and isn't particularly helpful to his image.)

    Adrian Peterson (via Twitter)Journalism 101:

    6. Make headlines by calling something an orgy (even though it was not) and incorrectly saying it was a Foundation card even though my uncle and I never owned one (All Day INC is a TOTALLY different entity than the A.P. All Day Foundation.

    Ya, TOTALLY different. Okay, cleared that right up! Good job, Professor Journalism! icon_razz.gif

    While he refuses to confirm, reports indicate Peterson has had six children ("at least," as the Star Tribune reported) from six different women. Because, be fruitful and multiply, right? That tally includes one two-year-old child he didn't meet until last year, weeks before his death at the hands of, yep, an abusive boyfriend of the mother, now charged with murder. Everything comes full circle.
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    Oct 09, 2014 1:45 PM GMT
    Maybe democrats should give back all the money they get from the NFL Players Union since the union supports antigay child and women beaters.
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    Oct 09, 2014 8:00 PM GMT
    We may never know whether AP believes homosexuality is natural or not. But we're finding out he's familiar with one substance that definitely is.

    MyFoxTwinCitiesCONROE, Texas (FOX 26) - Montgomery County prosecutors have filed documents to have suspended Minnesota Vikings player Adrian Peterson arrested again after he admitted to using drugs in violation of his bond conditions, FOX 26 News has learned.

    Court records show while giving his urine sample Wednesday Peterson admitted to a staffer he had 'smoked a little weed' before the test.

    As a result of that, the Montgomery County District Attorney has asked the judge in this case to set aside Peterson's $15,000 bond and have him arrested again.

    However, there won't likely be any action on Thursday because the current judge presiding over Peterson's case is facing a recusal hearing scheduled to take place on Friday morning.

    Last year's leading receiver in the NFL, Josh Gordon, is in the middle of a 10-game suspension for violating the league's drug policy for marijuana. This latest development may mean Peterson might not see an NFL field again until well beyond age 30, the age at which the AARP comes calling for NFL running backs.
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    Oct 10, 2014 2:03 AM GMT
    pazzy saidwell, guess what... the clothes that you wear, the food that you eat, your boss, your coworkers, some members of your family, your favorite music artist... chances are they're homophobic too. the world isn't perfect. you can try to avoid supporting the homophobes BUT you can't dodge them all. the only way you do that is if you live on an island by yourself.

    WAY more fun to live among them, though! And to watch the influential ones either evolve, adapt... or falter! icon_biggrin.gif

    Utopia Island would be SO boring!