NFL Player Adrian Peterson Indicted on Child Abuse Charges


In light of the recent Ray Rice story, the NFL is once again blushing, this time because running back Adrian Peterson for the Minnesota Vikings has been indicted on child abuse charges. He was taken into custody around 1:00 this morning but released within 30 minutes after posting a $15,000 bond.

According to reports, Peterson had used a tree branch to spank his child, which led to the charges. Rusty Hardin, Peterson’s attorney, confirmed the reason for the charges but went on to say that in no way was he trying to cause bodily or emotional harm.

Hardin goes on to say that Peterson is a very loving father who disciplined his son in what he thought was an appropriate manner. Peterson himself was spanked with a switch growing up so this type of discipline seemed perfectly fine.

Hardin added that Peterson has never denied the spanking, has cooperated completely with law enforcement officials, and even voluntarily testified for hours before a grand jury. Just as he has from the beginning, Peterson will address the charges with respect.

After the Vikings learned of the spanking incident, they released a statement saying the Peterson would be on the inactive list for Sunday’s home opener against the New England Patriots. When prompted for a statement, both Montgomery and Harris county, as well as Houston police declined.

Hardin said that Peterson will have to surrender himself to authorities although there is no set timeline for him to appear in Texas. However, the courts want to get this done as quickly as possible, something Hardin and Peterson intend to do.

Now in his eighth season in the NFL, all with the Minnesota Vikings, Peterson is considered by many to be the best running back in the league, having a career rushing for 10,190 yards and 86 touchdowns. Because of the current Rice situation, the NFL is handling the Peterson case carefully. Whether NFL Commissioner, Goodell, will take more intense action is yet to be seen.

Witnesses confirm that Peterson was not at practice on Thursday although coach Zimmerman said it was due to it being a “veteran day”, a time when veteran players can take off to rest. However, he did return to practice on Friday and shortly after, posted a Twitter message that read, “It’s your Season! Weapons may form but won’t prosper! God has you covered don’t stress or worry”.

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