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Former Minnesota Vikings NFL Player Adrian Peterson has pled guilty to a misdemeanor reckless assault case that will not see him face any jail time.

Peterson was charged earlier this year with injury to a child in Montgomery County, Texas. Peterson hit his four-year-old son with a tree branch, causing the child’s legs and buttocks to swell. Peterson denied child abuse allegations, comparing the punishment to his own upbringing in Palestine, Texas.

Judge Kelly W. Case accepted Peterson’s plea deal, assigning him 80 hours of community service and a $4,000 fine. He will also undergo a parenting assessment and must perform a Public Service Announcement.

“I want to say I truly regret this incident,” Peterson said in a statement. “I stand here and I take full responsibility for my actions. I love my son more than any one of you could even imagine. I’m looking forward to, and I’m anxious to continue my relationship with my child. I’m just glad this is over. I can put this behind me and me and my family can begin to move forward. Thanks.”

The NFL has not yet determined Peterson’s status on returning.

“As we have stated previously, we will make a determination on his status after we have the facts,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in an e-mail. “He is on the commissioner-exempt list with pay until the criminal charges pending against him are adjudicated.”

“We will review the court documents. We cannot speculate on a timetable for a decision.” McCarthy added.

Peterson was placed on paid leave in September, and has now missed eight games since turning himself into authorities. He appeared in court once in Conroe, Texas, but entered a not guilty plea in paperwork privately. Although he will not serve jail time, he will be placed on probation.


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