NFL Star Adrian Peterson Accused of Child Abuse

Vikings player indicted for 'injury to a child'; he calls it a spanking
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 12, 2014 6:12 PM CDT
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.   (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)
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(Newser) – More trouble for the NFL. Star running back Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings has been indicted on child abuse charges involving his 4-year-old son, reports MyFox Houston. In a statement, the player's attorney says the incident involves Peterson "using a switch to spank his son" and says it's the same kind of discipline Peterson received growing up in Texas. The incident took place in May when the boy was visiting Peterson in Houston, and the child's mother took him to the doctor upon his return to Minnesota, reports CBS Minnesota. The doctor said the boy "had a number of lacerations on his thighs, along with bruise-like marks on his lower back and buttocks and cuts on his hand," and termed it "child abuse" in the police report, says the station.

Peterson told police that he "whooped" his son with the branch of a tree and even showed them the kind of switch he used. CBS Houston reports that Peterson texted the boy's mother and said one of the wounds would make her "mad at me about his leg. I got kinda good wit the tail end of the switch." He also told her he accidentally hit the boy's scrotum. “Never do I go overboard!" he texted. "But all my kids will know, hey daddy has the biggie heart but don’t play no games when it comes to acting right.” The Vikings have deactivated him from Sunday's game, and Texas authorities have issued an arrest warrant. (Last year, Peterson's 2-year-old son was killed after an alleged assault by the boyfriend of the child's mother.)

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