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Adrian Peterson’s son reportedly said he was hit in face, was worried about telling on dad

Adrian PetersonAdrian Peterson was indicted in Montgomery County, Texas, on charges of injuring a child after disciplining his 4-year-old son with a switch, which is a tree branch.

Peterson was not charged by a first grand jury that investigated the incident, but a second grand jury did indict him.

Sports Radio 610 in Houston’s Nick Wright has provided the full story of what happened and we suggest you read his report.

According to Wright, Peterson told police he got a switch to discipline his 4-year-old son for pushing his 5-year-old son off a motor bike game.

The beating from Peterson allegedly resulted in numerous injuries to the child, “including cuts and bruises to the child’s back, buttocks, ankles, legs and scrotum, along with defensive wounds to the child’s hands.”

Adrian Peterson son abuse

Adrian Peterson son abuse

Police have provided photos of the injuries, which were taken a week after the beating occurred. Peterson texted with the boy’s mother, acknowledging he had struck the boy repeatedly to the point of causing injuries. He also knew the injuries would be visible when the boy visited the doctor for a previously scheduled appointment upon his return home to Minnesota.

Wright adds in this portion about what the child described to authorities.

According to police reports, the child, however, had a slightly different story, telling authorities that “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 apparently cooperated with all investigations and was matter-of-fact about whooping his son. He admitted to doing it and says he does that to discipline his children and that he only uses a switch as a last resort.

“To be honest with you, I feel very confident with my actions because I know my intent,” Peterson reportedly said of his actions.

Here is the statement from Peterson’s lawyer.

“Adrian Peterson has been informed that he was indicted by a grand jury in Montgomery County, Texas for Injury to a Child. The charged conduct involves using a switch to spank his son. 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 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. He has cooperated fully with authorities and voluntarily testified before the grand jury for several hours. Adrian will address the charges with the same respect and responsiveness he has brought to this inquiry from its beginning. It is important to remember that Adrian never intended to harm his son and deeply regrets the unintentional injury.”

The Vikings deactivated Peterson for Sunday’s Week 2 contest against the Patriots. There is a warrant out for his arrest.

Adrian Peterson indicted for allegedly beating his son with a switch

Adrian Peterson

Adrian Peterson has been indicted for reckless or negligent injury to a child after allegedly beating his son with a switch, according to reports. A switch is a part of a tree branch and is often used to discipline a child.

The Minnesota Vikings running back is the charges in Montgomery County, Tex., which is where the Texas native has an offseason home.

TMZ confirms CPS is investigating claims between Peterson and a 4-year-old boy. They also say the alleged victim is from Minnesota and was visiting Peterson at the running back’s home in Texas. TMZ says the mother noticed injuries on the son when he returned home to Minnesota and took the child to the doctor. The doctor reportedly contacted authorities in Texas to report Peterson.

CBS Minnesota adds the following:

The doctor told investigators that the boy had a number of lacerations on his thighs, along with bruise-like marks on his lower back and buttocks and cuts on his hand.

The police report says the doctor described some of the marks as open wounds and termed it “child abuse.” Another examiner agreed, calling the cuts “extensive.”

Adrian Peterson son abuse

Adrian Peterson son abuse

According to Sports Radio 610’s Nick Wright, Peterson admitted that to “whooping” the child but said it was not an excessive spanking.

[UPDATES - Read Peterson's side of the story and what the son said]

A first grand jury investigated the case over the summer and decided not to charge Peterson, but a second grand jury did.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport says Peterson testified for a grand jury weeks ago. Peterson missed practice on Thursday but participated with his team’s activities on Friday.

The Vikings are deciding Peterson’s status for Sunday’s game and issued the following statement:

“The Vikings are in the process of gathering information regarding the legal situation involving Adrian Peterson. At this time, we will defer further questions to Adrian’s attorney Rusty Hardin.”

Peterson’s 2-year-old son died last year after being beaten to death in a highly-publicized child abuse case. The mother of one of Peterson’s children says the running back has fathered at least seven kids by at least five different women.

Peterson’s attorney Rusty Hardin, who represented Roger Clemens in his case, had no comment for FOX 26 in Houston, which first reported the news.

Texas G Martez Walker suspended for allegedly punching girlfriend multiple times

Martez Walker

Texas sophomore guard Martez Walker was suspended indefinitely by the team Friday after allegations emerged this week that he assaulted his girlfriend.

According to the Austin American-Statesman, Walker’s girlfriend told campus police that she was punched hard four times by the Longhorns basketball player after he became angry with her for going out to a happy hour with another guy.

Their alleged fight took place in a dorm room. The girlfriend said she slapped Walker because she was tired of his treatment, but then she got into the fetal position and protected her face because she knew from his past behavior that he would retaliate by hitting her. He did — four times on her left side — and then dragged her out of the room by her arms.

The girlfriend was taken to the hospital to be treated. Walker turned himself into police and was charged with a misdemeanor assault.

“We are aware of the situation with Martez and he is cooperating with campus police officials,” Texas coach Rick Barnes said in a statement. “We have consistently stressed to all of our student-athletes for a long time that any behavior in which women are not treated with respect will not be tolerated.”

Texas president Bill Powers issued a statement as well.

“Physical abuse and violence will not be tolerated at the University of Texas. We take this allegation extremely seriously. Coach Barnes has suspended the player from the team and the university has begun to take appropriate action to ensure the safety of our students, even as the investigation continues.”

Walker shot 39.4 percent and averaged 4.7 points per game last season.

Greg Monroe reportedly urinated on himself during DUI arrest

Greg-Monroe-mug-shotDetroit Pistons forward Greg Monroe was arrested for driving while under the influence back in February. Getting popped for a DUI is never a good look, but it becomes an even worse look when you piss your pants during the booking process.

According to the Huntington Woods police report obtained by MLive.com’s Gus Burns, Monroe “urinated on himself” while he was in the process of being arrested. He also expressed concern over the pubic finding out about his arrest.

“I’m just trying not to be in the newspaper,” Monroe told officers. “I play for the Pistons.”

An officer then told Monroe that they don’t tell people about arrests they make, but we all know how that goes. It’s public information, so there’s nothing Monroe could have done about it once he was booked and charged.

The strangest thing about the ordeal is that Monroe had a blood alcohol level .089 when he blew into a breathalyzer. That’s just slightly above the legal limit of .08, though that number went up to .1 when Monroe was tested again at the station. Still, is that drunk enough to pee yourself? Maybe the big man was just nervous.

Monroe pleaded guilty in April and has been suspended for two games.

H/T Eye on Basketball

Marion Barber reportedly flashed loaded gun in church

Marion-Barber-Violates-Jason-Garretts-Dress-CodeRemember Marion Barber? Sure you do, he was that mediocre running back who had a couple of decent seasons on some mediocre Dallas Cowboys teams a few years ago. But from this point forward, feel free to remember him as the guy who flashed a loaded gun in church.

Barber was arrested back in June and held for a mental evaluation after an incident that took place at a church near his home in Mansfield, Tex. According to a police report obtained by TMZ, that “incident” was Barber flashing a loaded 9mm handgun inside the church. He also had three magazines and 51 hollow-point rounds on him.

Police say Barber seemed disoriented when they arrived at the church and said he “did not know what year it was or where he was at.” A pastor told police the former NFL back was speaking nonsensically prior to their arrival and removed his jacket to show his gun to the church-goers.

Neighbors told TMZ they have not seen Barber near his home since the incident. That’s some pretty bizarre stuff. We have no idea why he would feel the need to go to church strapped, but it’s obvious we don’t understand everything that’s going on with him.

H/T Sporting News

Le’Veon Bell: ‘I didn’t know you could get a DUI for being high’

LeVeon Bell SteelersPittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell had to have know he was violating NFL rules when he decided to smoke weed earlier this week, but that doesn’t mean he was aware of all the laws he was breaking. According to the criminal complaint filed at the time of his and teammate LeGarrette Blount’s arrest, Bell said some pretty dumb things to the police.

For starters, Bell seemed to think you could only be arrested for driving while under the influence if you were drinking.

“I didn’t know you could get a DUI for being high,” Bell reportedly told police, according to WPXI in Pittsburgh.

And besides, the former Michigan State star wasn’t even high anymore when police pulled his vehicle over. His buzz had worn off.

“I smoked two hours ago,” he said. “I’m not high anymore. I’m perfectly fine. Why would I be getting high if I had to make it to my game?”

When the officer asked what game he was referring to, Bell informed him that he plays for the Steelers and needed to catch a flight by 3 p.m.

It should be noted that police described Bell, Blount and the young lady that was with them as “polite and cooperative.” Cooperative, maybe. Uninformed and oblivious? Absolutely.

H/T Pro Football Talk

Steelers RBs LeGarrette Blount and Le’Veon Bell arrested together for weed

LeGarrette Blount Le'Veon Bell

LeGarrette Blount and Le’Veon Bell are such good teammates they even get arrested together.

Blount, who was signed in the offseason by the Steelers, and Bell, who was a second-round pick of the team in 2013, were stopped after a cop on a motorcycle smelled weed coming from their car.

The officer found a 20-gram bag of marijuana in the car. Both players were charged with misdemeanor possession, while Bell was also charged with DUI.

Last week, Bell talked about his close relationship with Blount. The two were described as “virtually inseparable” during training camp.

“I’m a guy who likes being around that type of personality. I’m an emotional guy, too,” Bell told Pittsburgh reproter Dejan Kovasevic. “It’s kind of crazy, but from the first day he got here, we just kind of jelled. We’re kind of the same. We’re both outgoing. We both joke a lot. And he’s really emotional about the game, same way I am. I’m telling you, man, I’m glad he’s here.”

He omitted the part about them being smoking buddies, too.