Adrian Peterson’s child abuse case is closed. The Minnesota Vikings running back pleaded no contest to the original felony child abuse charge against him on Nov. 4, and a judge agreed to reduce the charge to misdemeanor domestic violence.
Adrian Peterson, 29, reached a plea deal with a Texas judge on Nov. 4, while he was on trial for the alleged abuse of his 4-year-old son. Adrian has been sentenced to probation. Instead of serving jail time, he will pay a $4,000 fine and serve 80 hours of community service.
Adrian Peterson: Plea Deal Made In Child Abuse Case For NFL Player
The judge sentenced Adrian to probation as part of the plea deal, which means he will have to take random drug tests for two years, and meet with a probation officer once a month, according to SBNation.com. The deal gets Adrian out of serving jail time, and reduces his charge from child abuse to misdemeanor domestic violence, according to TMZ.
Adrian got emotional about the controversial situation after the hearing, telling the press, “I want to say I truly regret this incident. I take full responsibility for my actions. I love my son, more than any one of you could even imagine. I am just glad this is over. I can put this behind me and me and my family can begin to move forward.”
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As HollywoodLife.com previously reported, Adrian headed to the Montgomery County, Texas courthouse on Oct. 8 but he did not enter a plea at all.
Adrian took to Twitter on Sept. 15 after it was reported that he had allegedly abused his son. “[…] I am, without a doubt, not a child abuser,” Adrian wrote at the time.
Adrian was accused of abusing his toddler son with a tree branch, and he later admitted that he felt was just “discipling” his child. Police showed shocking photos of the boy covered in bruises and cuts.
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— Julianne Ishler