UPDATE: 9/15/2014 4:45 P.M.
Adrian Peterson has been cleared by the Minnesota Vikings to practice this week and will play in Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints. The owners of the Vikings released a statement following the announcement:
“Today’s decision was made after significant thought, discussion and consideration,” Zygi and Mark Wilf, the Vikings’ owners, said in a statement.
Peterson released a statement of his own, denying claims that he abused his child.
“I am not a perfect parent, but I am, without a doubt, not a child abuser,” Peterson said in a statement Monday. “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.”
This has been a really crazy week in the NFL.
According to reports, the Vikings football star was being indicted after hitting his young son with a switch, resulting in multiple injuries on the child’s back and legs.
The police report below includes the child’s side of the story, as well as what Adrian’s response to what the charges were:
[He told authorities] “Daddy Peterson hit me on my face.” The child also expressed worry that Peterson would punch him in the face if the child reported the incident to authorities. He also said that he had been hit by a belt and that “there are a lot of belts in Daddy’s closet.” He added that Peterson put leaves in his mouth when he was being hit with the switch while his pants were down. The child told his mother that Peterson “likes belts and switches” and “has a whooping room.”
Peterson, when contacted by police, admitted that he had “whooped” his son on the backside with a switch as a form of punishment, and then, in fact, produced a switch similar to the one with which he hit the child. Peterson also admitted that he administered two different “whoopings” to his son during the visit to Texas, the other being a punishment for the 4-year-old scratching the face of a 5-year-old.
In an interview with Houston police, Peterson was very matter-of-fact and calm about the incident, appearing to believe he had done nothing wrong and reiterating how much he cared about his son and only used “whoopings” or “spankings” as a last resort. He offered up information that the police didn’t have and was incredulous when asked if some of the numerous wounds and marks on the child were from an extension cord, saying, “Oh, no, I’d never hit my child with an extension cord. I remember how it feels to get whooped with an extension cord. I’d never do that.”
Peterson also said, “Anytime I spank my kids, I talk to them before, let them know what they did, and of course after.” Peterson also expressed regret that his son did not cry – because then, Peterson said, he would have known that the switch was doing more damage than intended. He didn’t realize the “tip of the switch and the ridges of the switch were wrapping around [the child’s] legs.” Peterson also acknowledged that this was administered directly to the child’s skin and with the child’s pants pulled down.
Peterson later told police that the marks on his son’s buttocks were similar to the marks any of his other children get when he “spanks them with a switch,” but that the mark on the child’s leg from when the switch “wrapped around his thigh” was more severe than anything he had ever done in the past.
Peterson said he knew that his son had a doctor’s appointment scheduled for when he returned home and that the doctor would discover the injuries. Peterson added that if he felt like he was “really wrong for what I did, or had any ill intent, there’s no way I would have let him get on that plane.” He went on to say, “I have nothing to hide, but I also understand when a child has marks like that on his leg, they have to report that.”
When Peterson was asked how he felt about the incident, he said, “To be honest with you, I feel very confident with my actions because I know my intent.” He also described the incident as a “normal whooping” in regards to the “welps” on the child’s buttocks, but that he felt bad immediately when he saw the injuries on the child’s legs. Peterson estimated he “swatted” his son “10 to 15” times, but he’s not sure because he doesn’t “ever count how many pops I give my kids.”
Peterson went on to reiterate again how much he loves all his kids, and only “whoops” them because he wants them to do right. Toward the end of the interview, Peterson said he would reconsider using switches in the future, but said he would never “eliminate whooping my kids . . . because I know how being spanked has helped me in my life.”
Photographic evidence of his son’s injuries has also released to the web, which show many deep marks on his legs. See the photo over at TMZ.
Adrian also took to Twitter and posted this response on Friday:
— Adrian Peterson (@AdrianPeterson) September 12, 2014
This morning, the star running back turned himself in to authorities in Montgomery County and was released on bond. According to KHOU:
Peterson arrived at the jail and was let in through a side entrance. Authorities released his mug shot a short time later. His bond amount was set at $15,000, according to the sheriff’s office. The NFLer is accused of negligent injury of a child. A statement from Sheriff Tommy Gage said a grand jury “true billed” Peterson on Thursday, and the arrest warrant was issued at 2:47 p.m. CT on Friday. No further details on the case or investigation were given. Peterson will not play with the Vikings on Sunday.
His mugshot has also been released… see that below.