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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

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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

Jennie Finch blew fastballs by Adrian Peterson (GIF)

Adrian Peterson is a tremendous competitor, but even NFL superstars have to be careful what they wish for sometimes. During Sunday’s All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game, Peterson challenged softball star Jennie Finch to throw the whole slow-pitch softball thing out the window and bring the heat.

Finch threw Peterson three straight fastballs during his second at-bat of the game. His reaction was priceless:

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After whiffing on the first, AP got credit for fouling off the next two. It’s unclear if he actually made contact, as he later said “it’s possible” and Finch jokingly replied that he’s “full of it.”

“I said, ‘Don’t take it easy on me. I want you to come with a fastball,'” Peterson explained, via ESPN.com. “She said, ‘What else?’ I said, ‘Changeup.’ Initially, I thought she was going to continue to throw them underhand, but she saw I was serious.”

Peterson also said he probably hasn’t swung a bat in 15 years, and it showed. Finch is a master of her trade. We all know what Peterson can do on the gridiron, but he’s clearly no match for Jennie.

GIFs via The Big Lead and @cjzero

Adrian Peterson admits he is a LeBron James bandwagon fan

Adrian PetersonAdrian Peterson is a superb athlete who is admired by many fans. But like many of his admirers, Peterson himself is a fan. And Peterson admitted the unthinkable — he is a LeBron James bandwagon fan.

After James announced Friday that he will be returning to the Cavaliers, All Day tweeted that his allegiance is returning to the Cavs as well.

Peterson explained himself following some backlash:

It’s an elite athletes thing:

Yeah, we get it, AD. Some people just don’t like it. They prefer when athletes have a response like this one from JR Smith:

Now that is funny.

Joseph Patterson – accused of killing Adrian Peterson’s son – allegedly kidnapped baby’s mother

Joseph Patterson

Joseph Patterson, the man accused of killing Adrian Peterson’s 2-year-old son last year, has been arrested for allegedly kidnapping and attacking the mother of the deceased child.

According to Keloland.com, Patterson was arrested Wednesday on charges of first-degree kidnapping, two counts of aggravated assault, and strangulation.

TMZ says Sioux Falls police responded to a call Tuesday morning and were able to apprehend Patterson. Patterson had been free on $750,000 bond and ordered not to contact the mother of the child or anyone else in the family.

Patterson, 28, who allegedly beat Peterson’s son Tyrese to death, allegedly knocked the victim unconscious and held her captive for more than an hour. The woman allegedly had visible injuries on her neck.

Bond reportedly has been set at $1 million cash only this time. Peterson had only recently found out that the child was his son.

Adrian Peterson: Being 30 as a RB ‘doesn’t apply to me’

Adrian PetersonAdrian Peterson has one more NFL season left in his 20s. The Minnesota Vikings star will turn 30 next month, and 30 is typically a bad number for NFL running backs. Most of them hit a wall in their late 20s and aren’t even on a roster by the time 30 comes knocking. Peterson is not worried about becoming another statistic.

Despite the fact that he has already suffered a torn ACL and has carried the ball more than 2,000 times during his career, Peterson insists he is nowhere close to slowing down.

“The same thing I thought when they say ACL, you’ll never come back from it,” Peterson said during minicamp last week, via Jon Krawczynski of The Associated Press. “It is what is. It doesn’t apply to me. I have a totally different mindset and mind frame, so I’ll just stay in my lane and let everybody else say what they have to say.”

In fact, AP has his eye on 10 more seasons.

“Well, I was talking to Favre,” Peterson added. “Forty sounds like a good number.”

Favre took a beating throughout his career, but he was a quarterback. He didn’t get hit nearly as often as Peterson does, and that’s bound to take it’s toll at some point.

Is it possible to remain productive through age 30 and beyond? Sure. Emmitt Smith rushed for over 1,000 yards each season (aside from his rookie year) with the Dallas Cowboys through age 32. He showed plenty of signs of slowing down, but Smith remained relatively productive beyond age 30.

People like Smith are the exception. Peterson is more than capable of being another exception. Like all the greats before him, he’ll need some good fortune along the way.