Adrian admits he’s meeting with a psychologist and learning there are other ways to discipline his son other than by striking him with a tree branch, according to a statement released by the NFL player on Sept. 15. Read it here!
The Minnesota Vikings’ running back, Adrian Peterson, who was indicted on a child abuse charge, released a super long statement, asking everyone to “understand how sorry” he feels about the “hurt” he brought to his child.
Adrian Peterson Releases Statement — NFL Player Addresses Child Abuse Claims
The 29-year-old’s lengthy statement was posted by TMZ. We’ll discuss the biggest takeaways.
1. The Vikings player is super sorry for hurting his son.
“I want everyone to understand how sorry I feel about the hurt I have brought to my child” he said, while later adding, “I never ever intended to harm my son. I will say the same thing once I have my day in court.”
2. While the NFL continues to handle acts of domestic violence by the hands of its players, Adrian apologizes to the Vikings organization, community and his teammates. It seems like he’s trying his best to not be suspended from the league indefinitely like Ray Rice before him. As of Sept. 15, Adrian is scheduled to play in a Sept. 21 game.
“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.”
3. The NFL Star says he is meeting with a psychologist and learning alternative ways of disciplining a child that may be more appropriate.
“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.”
4. Most importantly, Adrian says he is NOT a child abuser.
“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.”
What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Should Adrian be forgiven?
— Chris Rogers