KHOU in Houston reported Monday that Peterson was investigated for allegedly beating one of his 4-year-old sons, who ended up with a scar on his head.
— KHOU 11 News Houston (@KHOU) September 15, 2014
According to the report, the 4-year-old son, who was visiting Peterson last June, cursed at one of his brothers, leading Peterson to discipline him.
When questioned by the boy’s mother over text message, Peterson supposedly said the child got the scar from hitting his head on a car seat. When asked if the boy got a “whoopin” in the car, Peterson answered over text, “yep.” Peterson also supposedly blamed the boy for the scar, saying he wouldn’t have gotten it had he sat still.
No charges were filed, but the mother did file a report with Child Protective Services. TMZ reports that the case went nowhere because it was determined the boy accidentally hit his head on a carseat while Peterson was punishing him.
“The allegation of another investigation into Adrian Peterson is simply not true,” Peterson’s attorney Rusty Hardin said in a statement. “The allegation is more than one year old and authorities took no action. An adult witness admittedly insists Adrian did nothing inappropriate with his son.”
Even though Peterson was cleared, there seems to be an alarming pattern concerning his discipline habits.
Peterson’s legal defense and statement makes it seem like the running back did not feel he was doing anything wrong when he disciplined his other 4-year-old son with a switch that left welts and injuries.
If you’re building a case against Peterson, you would cite the injuries of both sons that allegedly came as a result of Peterson disciplining them. Also recall the quotes the other 4-year-old son gave authorities that support the notion that this is usual behavior for All Day.
According to Sports Radio 610 in Houston’s Nick Wright, this is what the other boy told investigators about Peterson:
[The boy] 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.”
If you’re wondering where all these kids are coming from … Peterson has 7 kids by at least five women. Only six are living after one was allegedly beaten to death.
On Monday, Peterson was reinstated by the Minnesota Vikings after being deactivated for Week 2. The new investigation might lead them to change their mind.