This just keeps getting worse. Adrian is now reportedly under investigation for allegedly hitting another one of his children, also a four-year-old boy, in June 2014.
Just a few hours after the Minnesota Vikings reinstated Adrian Peterson, 29, on Sept. 15, two new reports claim that he is being investigated for a second child abuse case. Text messages and pictures of the boy, like the one shown above, appear to document the alleged incident — read on for more details.
Adrian Peterson Being Investigated For Second Child Abuse Case — Report
After Adrian was indicted on Sept. 12 on a child abuse charge — in which he allegedly spanked his four-year-old son with a switch — new reports from KHOU 11 in Houston and FOX 9 in Minneapolis claim that the running back allegedly injured another son by hitting him in the head last June.
The alleged incident took place while the boy was visiting Adrian at his gated home in The Woodlands, Texas. The boy’s mother allegedly texted the above photo to Adrian, asking him how her son got a head wound. Other photos taken weeks after the incident allegedly show a scar above the boy’s right eye, KHOU 11 reports.
An alleged text message exchange between Adrian and the boy’s mother also describes the alleged incident:
Mother: “What happened to his head?”
Adrian: “Hit his head on the Carseat.”
Mother: “How does that happen, he got a whoopin in the car.”
Adrain: “I felt so bad. But he did it his self.”
Adrian allegedly added that he had disciplined the boy for cursing at his sibling.
Adrian Peterson Releases Emotional Statement: I’m Sorry I Hurt My Child
After receiving major backlash for spanking his 4-year-old son with a tree branch, allegedly leaving the child with severe cuts and bruises on his leg, Adrian released a long apology statement, posted by TMZ. Here’s the full statement:
My attorney has asked me not to discuss the facts of my pending case. I hope you can respect that request and help me honor it. I very much want the public to hear from me but I understand that it is not appropriate to talk about the facts in detail at this time. Nevertheless, I want everyone to understand how sorry I feel about the hurt I have brought to my child.
I never wanted to be a distraction to the Vikings organization, the Minnesota community or to my teammates. I never imagined being in a position where the world is judging my parenting skills or calling me a child abuser because of the discipline I administered to my son.
I voluntarily appeared before the grand jury several weeks ago to answer any and all questions they had. Before my grand jury appearance, I was interviewed by two different police agencies without an attorney. In each of these interviews I have said the same thing, and that is that I never ever intended to harm my son. I will say the same thing once I have my day in court.
I have to live with the fact that when I disciplined my son the way I was disciplined as a child, I caused an injury that I never intended or thought would happen. I know that many people disagree with the way I disciplined my child. I also understand after meeting with a psychologist that there are other alternative ways of disciplining a child that may be more appropriate.
I have learned a lot and have had to reevaluate how I discipline my son going forward. But deep in my heart I have always believed I could have been one of those kids that was lost in the streets without the discipline instilled in me by my parents and other relatives. I have always believed that the way my parents disciplined me has a great deal to do with the success I have enjoyed as a man. I love my son and I will continue to become a better parent and learn from any mistakes I ever make.
I am not a perfect son. I am not a perfect husband. I am not a perfect parent, but I am, without a doubt, not a child abuser. I am someone that disciplined his child and did not intend to cause him any injury. No one can understand the hurt that I feel for my son and for the harm I caused him. My goal is always to teach my son right from wrong and that’s what I tried to do that day.
I accept the fact that people feel very strongly about this issue and what they think about my conduct. Regardless of what others think, however, I love my son very much and I will continue to try to become a better father and person.
Adrian is currently scheduled to play in a Sept. 21 Vikings game.
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— Tierney McAfee