Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who was indicted for child abuse on Sept. 12, just released a statement in which he shockingly admits to using a switch to spank his 4-year-old son. Read his full statement here.
After Adrian Peterson, 29, was indicted on charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child, his lawyer, Rusty Hardin, released a statement on Sept. 12 defending his client, and saying that the football star “used the same kind of discipline with his child that he experienced as a child growing up in east Texas.”
Adrian Peterson On Spanking Son: Player Admits Using Switch In Statement
Adrian’s lawyer released the following statement on Sept. 12, shortly after his client’s indictment:
Adrian Peterson has been informed that he was indicted by a grand jury in Montgomery County, Texas for Injury to a Child. The charged conduct involves using a switch to spank his son. This indictment follows Adrian’s full cooperation with authorities who have been looking into this matter. Adrian is a loving father who used his judgment as a parent to discipline his son. He used the same kind of discipline with his child that he experienced as a child growing up in east Texas. Adrian has never hidden from what happened. He has cooperated fully with authorities and voluntarily testified before the grand jury for several hours. Adrian will address the charges with the same respect and responsiveness he has brought to this inquiry from its beginning. It is important to remember that Adrian never intended to harm his son and deeply regrets the unintentional injury.”
A warrant has been issued for Adrian’s arrest, and Adrian will not play in the Viking’s Sept. 14 game against the New England Patriots. The Vikings said on Sept. 12 that he had been “deactivated.”
Minnesota Vikings Looking Into Adrian Peterson Child Abuse Charges
The Minnesota Vikings also released the following statement to HollywoodLife.com on Sept. 12:
“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.”
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