UPDATE: 9/17/2014 2:10 p.m.
Nike has suspended Adrian Peterson’s sponsorship. The brand released a statement following the athlete’s indefinite suspension from the NFL over his chid abuse case:
“Nike in no way condones child abuse or domestic violence of any kind and has shared our concerns with the NFL,” the statement reads. “We have suspended our contract with Adrian Peterson.”
Late Tuesday night, the Minnesota Vikings reversed their decision to let running back Adrian Peterson play by suspending him indefinitely and ordering him to keep away from the NFL team until his legal issues are resolved.
Peterson, who was officially placed on the exempt/commissioner’s permission list, was indicted last week for child abuse in Texas, after photographs of his 4-year-old son’s injuries were released. Just yesterday, it was revealed that the star player was involved in another child abuse investigation — Peterson allegedly left a scar on another son’s eye after striking him in the back of a car.
He faces a count of reckless or negligent injury to a child. No charges were filed in the second investigation.
The team’s decision will allow Peterson to “take care of his personal situation until the legal proceedings are resolved,” according to a statement from Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf.
“After giving the situation additional thought, we have decided this is the appropriate course of action for the organization and for Adrian,” the statement read.
Peterson’s agent, Ben Dogra, told the Associated Press that he supported the Vikings’ decision.
“This is the best possible outcome given the circumstances,” Dogra said. “Adrian understands the gravity of the situation and this enables him to take care of his personal situation. We fully support Adrian and he looks forward to watching his teammates and coaches being successful during his absence.”
Peterson has yet to make a statement regarding his suspension, but did take to Twitter to post this inspirational message:
— Adrian Peterson (@AdrianPeterson) September 17, 2014
We’ll keep you updated with the latest in Peterson’s case.
SOURCE: ABC | VIDEO SOURCE: News Inc.