Minnesota Vikings player Adrian Peterson has been indicted by a grand jury in Montgomery, Texas, for injury to a child after it was revealed that he allegedly beat his 4-year-old son repeatedly with a tree branch. Read on for the shocking details.
The NFL has yet another hugely violent controversy on its hands — Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, 29, has been indicted in Texas for injury to a child and the claims are devastating. The incident in question happened in May 2014, when Adrian admits that he beat his 4-year-old son with a tree branch for misbehaving, allegedly leaving the child with numerous cuts, bruises, and defensive wounds.
Adrian Peterson Indicted For Child Abuse: Vikings Player Charged
The incident occurred after the child in question pushed another one of Adrian’s sons off of a video game motorbike. To punish the child, Adrian allegedly grabbed a tree branch, removed the leaves, and beat his son several times.
The child’s alleged injuries were discovered by his doctor during a previously scheduled appointment, and the doctor concluded that the wounds were consistent with child abuse.
Police later reportedly uncovered troubling text messages that Adrian had sent to the boy’s mother after the incident. Adrian allegedly told her that she was going to be “mad at me about his leg. I got kinda good wit the tail end of the switch.” He also allegedly admitted in the text messages that he hit his son in the scrotum, but that he felt “bad” about that, adding, “Never do I go overboard! But all my kids will know, hey daddy has the biggie heart but don’t play no games when it comes to acting right.”
Adrian’s 4-year-old son told authorities that there were “a lot of belts in daddy’s closet,” and that Adrian used them often. Adrian has also allegedly stuffed leaves into his son’s mouth while he was being struck with his pants down.
Adrian Peterson Says He Will Never Stop ‘Whooping [His] Kids’
When interviewed by Houston police, Adrian readily admitted that he gave his son a “whooping,” reports CBS Houston, and while he seemed regretful that he had done that much damage to his son while using the “switch,” he did not seem sorry for allegedly abusing his son in general.
“To be honest with you, I feel very confident with my actions because I know my intent,” Adrian reportedly told police. He said that what his 4-year-old son allegedly received was a “normal whooping,” but that he felt bad about the injuries the child allegedly suffered when the switch wrapped around his legs. He said he couldn’t remember how many times he hit his son, but that it was likely “10 to 15” times. He added that he doesn’t “ever count how many pops I give my kids.”
Adrian told police that he will never stop “whooping my kids … because I know how being spanked has helped me in my life,” but that he would reconsider using switches in the future.
The Minnesota Vikings running back was deactivated from the Sept. 14 game against the New England Patriots, but he has not been suspended from the NFL — yet. The Vikings released the following statement on Sept. 12 to HollywoodLife.com:
“The Vikings are in the process of gathering information regarding the legal situation involving Adrian Peterson. At this time, we will defer further questions to Adrian’s attorney Rusty Hardin.”
The Mongomery County Sheriff’s Office released the following statement to HollywoodLife.com regarding the warrant issued for Adrian’s arrest:
On Thursday, September 11, 2014, a Montgomery County Grand Jury, “true billed”, Adrian Lewis Peterson on a charge of injury to a child. On today’s date at 2:47 PM, a warrant was issued and entered for the arrest of Adrian Peterson for that charge.
Since the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office has referred the case to the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office, and the investigation has led to a, “true bill”, on a criminal offense, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office will not discuss details in reference to the case or investigation.
At the time of this release, Adrian Peterson is not in custody at the Montgomery County Jail and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office does not have any details in the arrest of Adrian Peterson.
Our thoughts go out to the boy and his mother during this devastating time.
— Amanda Michelle Steiner