Peterson Texted About Another Son's 'Whooping'

No charges after allegations NFL star injured his 4-year-old in 2013
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 16, 2014 10:38 AM CDT
Peterson Texted About Another Son's 'Whooping'
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson warms up before the start of an NFL football game between the St. Louis Rams and the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, in St. Louis.   (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)

Adrian Peterson was accused of beating and injuring another of his sons to discipline him last June, but the football star was never charged in the alleged incident, according to reports. KHOU has obtained text messages between Peterson and the boy's mother—a different woman from the mother involved in Peterson's current abuse case. "Hit his head on the Carseat," Peterson apparently explains in one text, after reportedly sending a photo of the boy's bandaged forehead to the mother. But when the mother asks if her son "got a whoopin in the car," Peterson replies, "Yep."

Later, he says the son was in trouble for using foul language. "Be still n take ya whooping he would have saved the scare (scar)," Peterson texted the mother. KHOU sources say the mother did file a report with Child Protective Services. According to TMZ sources, however, the investigation into the incident "went nowhere"; they say the boy had indeed hit his head on a car seat while he was being disciplined. Says Peterson's lawyer, per KHOU:

  • This is not a new allegation; it's one that is unsubstantiated and was shopped around to authorities in two states over a year ago and nothing came of it. An adult witness adamantly insists Adrian did nothing inappropriate with his son. There is no ongoing or new investigation.
(More child abuse stories.)

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