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Adrian Peterson issues statement about child abuse case

Adrian PetersonAdrian Peterson issued a statement on Monday regarding the charges he faces following his indictment for injuring his son while disciplining the 4-year-old boy.

Much of what Peterson says in the statement is similar to what his attorney has said on his behalf — that he was disciplining his son the way he has been disciplined growing up and that he did not intend to injure the boy. To me, the sixth paragraph is what stands out regarding his defense.

My attorney has asked me not to discuss the facts of my pending case. I hope you can respect that request and help me honor it. I very much want the public to hear from me but I understand that it is not appropriate to talk about the facts in detail at this time. Nevertheless, I want everyone to understand how sorry I feel about the hurt I have brought to my child.

I never wanted to be a distraction to the Vikings organization, the Minnesota community or to my teammates. I never imagined being in a position where the world is judging my parenting skills or calling me a child abuser because of the discipline I administered to my son.

I voluntarily appeared before the grand jury several weeks ago to answer any and all questions they had. Before my grand jury appearance, I was interviewed by two different police agencies without an attorney. In each of these interviews I have said the same thing, and that is that I never ever intended to harm my son. I will say the same thing once I have my day in court.

I have to live with the fact that when I disciplined my son the way I was disciplined as a child, I caused an injury that I never intended or thought would happen. I know that many people disagree with the way I disciplined my child. I also understand after meeting with a psychologist that there are other alternative ways of disciplining a child that may be more appropriate.

I have learned a lot and have had to reevaluate how I discipline my son going forward. But deep in my heart I have always believed I could have been one of those kids that was lost in the streets without the discipline instilled in me by my parents and other relatives. I have always believed that the way my parents disciplined me has a great deal to do with the success I have enjoyed as a man. I love my son and I will continue to become a better parent and learn from any mistakes I ever make.

I am not a perfect son. I am not a perfect husband. I am not a perfect parent, but I am, without a doubt, not a child abuser. 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.

I accept the fact that people feel very strongly about this issue and what they think about my conduct. Regardless of what others think, however, I love my son very much and I will continue to try to become a better father and person.

The Minnesota Vikings have said they will allow Peterson to practice with the team this week and play in their Week 3 game.

Adrian Peterson to play in Week 3

Adrian Peterson mugshot

The Minnesota Vikings announced on Monday that Adrian Peterson will participate fully in practice this week and play against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. After choosing to declare him inactive against the New England Patriots, the team has decided to allow Peterson to play until the legal process plays out.

“To be clear, we take very seriously any matter that involves the welfare of a child,” Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf said in a statement. “At this time, however, we believe this is a matter of due process and we should allow the legal system to proceed so we can come to the most effective conclusions and then determine the appropriate course of action. This is a difficult path to navigate, and our focus is on doing the right thing. Currently we believe we are at a juncture where the most appropriate next step is to allow the judicial process to move forward.”

The Vikings can play the “due process” angle up all they want, but we know this is about trying to win football games. Peterson reportedly admitted to police that he hits his son with a switch but said he does not feel his form of discipline should be considered abuse. The 4-year-old boy also allegedly told investigators that he was hit in the face but was worried about telling on his dad.

Police also provided photos of the boy’s injuries that showed multiple red marks and open wounds on his legs, back and hands. While it is up to the courtroom to decide if Peterson’s disciplinary tactics constitute child abuse, there is certainly plenty of evidence for the Vikings to suspend or deactivate AP until the situation is sorted out. The decision is about staying in contention and nothing else.

Adrian Peterson smiles in mugshot after turning himself in

Adrian Peterson mugshot

Adrian Peterson was all smiles as he took his mugshot after turning himself into Montgomery County, Texas, authorities early Saturday morning.

Peterson turned himself in after an arrest warrant was put out for him because he was indicted on charges of reckless or negligent injury to his child.

Peterson posted his $15,000 bond and left early Saturday.

The star running back was deactivated for Sunday’s game by the Minnesota Vikings after news of his indictment emerged Friday. Peterson reportedly admitted to beating his 4-year-old son with a switch, but said he didn’t did not think there was anything wrong with his form of discipline and that he did not intend to hurt the boy. The 4-year-old boy reportedly told police Peterson hit him in the face and that he was worried about being hit in the face if he told on his father.

A grand jury reviewing all the facts in the matter decided Peterson’s discipline fell beyond what would be considered reasonable.

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.

Adrian Peterson told Jerry Jones he wants to play for Cowboys

Adrian PetersonAdrian Peterson admitted late last year that he has daydreamed about playing for the Dallas Cowboys or Houston Texans before he retires. Peterson grew up a Cowboys fan outside of Dallas, so it makes sense that he would think about representing his home state. A recent report makes it seem like Peterson is more serious about that than we initially thought.

In a lengthy profile of Jerry Jones for ESPN’s Outside The Lines, Don Van Natta Jr. wrote about a phone call that the Cowboys owner shared with Peterson back in June. Van Natta was with Jones in his private suite at the time a phone was handed to Jerry that had Peterson on the other line.

“Well, I understand, Adrian,” Van Natta heard Jones tell Peterson. “I’d like that, too … Well, I love your story. I love your daddy’s story. I’ve always respected what you’ve been about. I’ve always been a fan of yours.”

It quickly became clear what the two were discussing.

“Well, we’ll see what we can do, if we can make that happen,” Jones said. “Hmm hmm … I’d like that, too … Well, we’re talking pig Latin here, but let’s see if we can do that … We’re talking pig Latin here, but let’s see what we can do about that. OK, Adrian, thanks.”

Jones confirmed that Peterson told him he wants to play for the Cowboys, which may not have been a great idea. While Jerruh didn’t think the call should be considering tampering, NFL rules state that a club that is contacted by a player who is under contract with another team “must immediately report such contact to the owner or operating head of the club which holds the player’s rights” or face potentially “severe” penalties.

Jones said he did not contact the Vikings about the call.

Peterson is 29 and in the fourth year of a seven-year, $100 million contract with the Vikings. It would only be human nature for him to be tired of losing in Minnesota, though the Cowboys have become the poster team for mediocrity in recent years. Plus, they have a promising young back in DeMarco Murray.

But if Peterson wants to force his way out of Minnesota, there’s no doubt he can find a way. And if that day comes, expect the first call his agents make to be to Jerruh.

Adrian Peterson marries girlfriend Ashley Brown

Adrian-Peterson-Ashley-Brown

Adrian Peterson manages to keep his personal life quiet compared to most other superstar athletes. He is said to have multiple children by multiple different women, but Peterson has never been married. Until now.

Peterson has been dating a woman named Ashley Brown off and on since college. The two apparently got hitched recently, which was discovered when they made a public appearance at the Starkey Hearing Foundation gala in St. Paul on Sunday.

When a Pioneer Press photographer asked Brown what her last name was, she replied that it is now Peterson. She has also changed her Twitter handle to @MrsAshPeterson, and we all know the marriage is official once social media says it is.

Peterson and Brown have at least one child together.

Photo: Twitter/Ashley Peterson