NFL Star Adrian Peterson Charged For Spanking Son With Switch
The NFL’s PR team might be working overtime as another one of its players is in the news—and not for good reason. Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson was indicted and had a warrant put out for his arrest for reckless or negligent injury to a child—his child.
Turning himself in during the wee hours of the morning Saturday, the running back posted a $15,000 bond and was later released. His attorney, Rusty Hardin, issued a statement explaining Peterson’s current legal issues saying they stem from his use of a switch when spanking his 4-year-old son.
Hardin went on, explaining the Vikings star’s method of discipline, “This indictment follows Adrian’s full cooperation with authorities who have been looking into this matter. Adrian is a loving father who used his judgment as a parent to discipline his son,” he said. He continued, “He used the same kind of discipline with his child that he experienced as a child growing up in east Texas. Adrian has never hidden from what happened.”
His attorney says the 29-year-old NFL-er has been in full cooperation with authorities.
While a police report has not been released, citing law enforcement, CBS Houston says Peterson spanked his son with a tree branch, causing cuts and bruises in several areas of the toddler’s body, including his back, ankles and legs.
Text messages between the professional football star and the child’s mother surfaced. In them, he explains how one wound, in particular, might make her “mad at me about his leg. I got kinda good wit the tail end of the switch.”
But as the conversation continued, the star expresses a bit of remorse, “felt bad after the fact when I notice the switch was wrapping around hitting I (sic) thigh,” He goes on to defend his discipline method, “Never do I go overboard! But all my kids will know, hey daddy has the biggie heart but don’t play no games when it comes to acting right.”
According to CBS Houston, Peterson’s young son can agree with him on the latter part of his text message, acknowledging this wasn’t the first “whooping” he received from the NFL-er. In fact, the child says a switch wasn’t the only thing used during his spanking, he says Peterson put leaves in his mouth when he was being hit with the switch, and says the baller has a “whooping room.”
If Peterson’s name sounds familiar to non-sports fans, it is because less than one year ago, the one-time NFL MVP’s 2-year-old son died from head injuries sustained in an alleged assault by the boyfriend of the child’s mother, who was, since, charged with murder and manslaughter.
Shortly after his son’s death, according to USA Today, Peterson says positivity is key in getting through life’s tough moments, “My whole life, I’ve been responding in a positive way and keeping a positive mind, keeping God first in my heart, in my mind,” he says. He continued, “No matter what wrong I’ve done, I know who sees the heart.”
The Vikings, who have also released a statement, say that while he is pictured on the game’s tickets, the running back will not play Sunday when they face the New England Patriots.