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Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's Appeal Denied. Player Considering Retirement (Video)

NFL Suspends Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson Without Pay For The Remainder Of NFL Season

Adrian Peterson's appeal was stopped for no gain, when the NFL's unpaid suspension of the star running back was stayed until next spring.

Peterson won't be considered for reinstatement before April 15, and by then he might not be with the Minnesota Vikings anymore. He'll likely be the plaintiff in a lawsuit against the league, though.

Harold Henderson, the league-appointed arbitrator who heard Peterson's appeal, released Friday his decision affirming the Nov. 18 punishment levied by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for the child-abuse case that kept Peterson out of all but one game this season. He'd been on paid leave, even during the appeal, but Henderson's ruling translated to a fine of more than $4.1 million. That's the six-game portion of his salary this year.

The NFL Players Association argued that Peterson's time on the exempt list, at Goodell's sole discretion, should have counted as time served toward a suspension. That's one of the many grievances the union will likely raise in court. The rift between the league and the NFLPA over the fairness of the disciplinary process has widened this season while the cases of Peterson and former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice played out.

According to a person with direct knowledge of the situation, a complaint will be filed against the NFL on Peterson's behalf in federal court in Minnesota as early as Monday. The person spoke Friday to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the lawsuit had not yet been finalized.

Nothing is final about Peterson's status with the Vikings, either, and coaches and players have said often this year they'd welcome him back. But in an interview Friday with ESPN.com, Peterson said he's been so frustrated by this process with the NFL that he's considered retiring. Focusing on real estate instead and even trying out as an Olympic sprinter in the 200-meter and 400-meter dashes have entered his mind as options, he said.

"You only live once. It might be time for me to pursue that," Peterson told ESPN.com.

Adrian Peterson, Rusty Hardin

In an ironic twist, Peterson probably wouldn't have been punished as much had the public backlash to the initial leniency for Rice not been so severe. Now Rice is reinstated and Peterson remains suspended, though Rice doesn't have a team.

Peterson could find himself a free agent next spring, too. The combination of his age and his contract was already going to make the Vikings think hard about his status, before the heat the organization took for initially announcing he'd continue to play while he went through his due process in court.

The six-time Pro Bowl pick, three-time AP All-Pro and two-time NFL rushing leader has a contract that runs through 2017, with a salary for 2015 at $12.75 million. That's not guaranteed like the other major sports, though, and the Vikings could release him before next season and owe him nothing, taking only a $2.4 million hit on their salary cap.

Henderson's announcement was a decisive victory for Goodell, whose indefinite suspension of Rice was overruled last month by a different arbitrator. Rice was caught on camera punching the woman who's now his wife but was initially given only a two-game ban. The video went viral, and Goodell toughened the punishment.

The union's grievance for Peterson was similar, arguing essentially that Goodell was making up protocol for discipline as he went along. But Henderson forcefully wrote that he saw no bounds being overstepped by the league boss.

Goodell announced in August a stiffer penalty for players involved with domestic violence. The union argued that Peterson, who was charged with felony child abuse in September for use a wooden switch to discipline his 4-year-old son in May, should be subject to the prior guidelines. Henderson said that argument didn't matter.

"The Commissioner has broad discretion to impose appropriate discipline for violations of the personal conduct policy, and his recent pronouncements simply reflect his current thinking on domestic violence and other incidents involving physical force," Henderson wrote.

The NFLPA called Henderson's objectivity into question.

"The decision itself ignores the facts, the evidence and the collective bargaining agreement," the union said in a statement. "This decision also represents the NFL's repeated failure to adhere to due process and confirms its inconsistent treatment of players."

The Vikings initially announced Peterson would stay on the active roster after the first game he missed following the indictment, but they reversed course less than two days later following intense public pressure and placed him on the exempt list at Goodell's approval. That's like paid leave, which the union argued counted as discipline and therefore contributed to an overreaching punishment. Henderson dismissed that argument, too.

Peterson pleaded no contest to misdemeanor reckless assault in Texas Nov. 4 for probation time, community service and a small fine. He acknowledged physically disciplining the boy as he had been as a youth, but he said he meant no harm and was sorry for the trouble he caused.

"I love my son more than any of you can imagine," he said outside the courthouse that day.

Still, Henderson sided with Goodell in his written reprimand of Peterson's purported lack of remorse.

"While the discipline assessed is indeed greater than in most prior cases, this is arguably one of the most egregious cases of domestic violence in this Commissioner's tenure — the severe beating of a 4-year old child, with a tree branch, striking him repeatedly about the body and inflicting injuries visible days later," Henderson said.

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Adrian Peterson's Appeal Denied, Suspension Remains

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Adrian Peterson Cuts Plea Deal In Child Abuse Case. Sentenced To Probation (VIDEO)

The National Football League has handed down severe punishment to Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, suspending him for at least the remainder of this season for violating the league's Personal Conduct Policy.

Peterson was indicted in Montgomery County, Texas earlier this year for child abuse of his 4-year old son, which was the result of a whipping with a switch from a tree.

The All-Pro player and his lawyer Rusty Hardin reached a plea agreement deal with prosecutors on November 4th that would keep him out of jail.

Under the agreement approved by Montgomery County state District Judge Kelly Case and announced during a scheduled court hearing, Peterson pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of reckless assault.

Case deferred a finding of guilt for two years while imposing a $4,000 fine and 80 hours of community service on Peterson.

According to highly credible NFL insider, Adam Schefter, Peterson will appeal the league's decision.

The eight season veteran has only played in one game this season. Prior to this latest suspension Peterson had been placed on NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's exempt list.

Goodell issued a statement on the suspension:

 "The timing of your potential reinstatement will be based on the results of the counseling and treatment program set forth in this decision. Under this two-step approach, the precise length of the suspension will depend on your actions. We are prepared to put in place a program that can help you to succeed, but no program can succeed without your genuine and continuing engagement. You must commit yourself to your counseling and rehabilitative effort, properly care for your children, and have no further violations of law or league policy."

Goodell added that AP has "shown no meaningful remorse" for his conduct.

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Adrian Peterson Violates Bond In Child Abuse Case By Smoking Weed. Prosecutors Want Him Re-Arrested

Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson avoided jail time on Tuesday in a plea agreement reached with prosecutors to resolve his child abuse case.

Peterson pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of reckless assault under the deal that Montgomery County state District Judge Kelly Case approved during a court hearing. A no contest plea isn't an admission of guilt but is treated as such for sentencing.

The All-Pro running back was indicted in September on a felony charge of injury to a child for using a wooden switch to discipline his 4-year-old son earlier this year in suburban Houston. The case revived a debate about corporal punishment, which is on the decline in the U.S. but still widely practiced in homes and schools.

"I truly regret this incident. I take full responsibility for my actions," Peterson told reporters after accepting the plea deal. "I'm just glad this is over and I can put this behind me."

While the case was pending, he was not allowed to have contact with his son. Peterson and his attorney said he is looking forward to getting back to having a relationship with the boy.

"Adrian wants to get on with his life, have a relationship with his son and get back to playing football."

Peterson has been on paid leave from the Vikings under a special exemption from the NFL commissioner to take care of his legal problems. It was not immediately clear how the plea deal would affect his playing status.

"We will review the matter, including the court record, and then make a determination on his status," NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said. "We cannot provide a timetable."

Peterson has said he never intended to harm his son and was disciplining him in the same way he had been as a child growing up in East Texas. The boy suffered cuts, marks and bruising to his thighs, back and on one of his testicles, according to court records.

Peterson had tentatively been set to go on trial Dec. 1. If convicted of felony child abuse, Peterson could have faced up to two years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Instead, he received what is essentially probation, was fined $4,000 and must complete parenting classes and perform 80 hours of community service.

Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon said this was the best resolution of the case and that Peterson did not get any special treatment because he's a professional athlete.

Last month, a visiting judge denied a request by prosecutors to remove Case as judge in the case. Prosecutors had accused Case of being biased against them and wanted a new judge appointed.

The plea deal made moot a pending motion by prosecutors to revoke Peterson's $15,000 bond for alleged marijuana use.

Corporal punishment is legal in every state. The Texas Attorney General's Office notes that belts and brushes "are accepted by many as legitimate disciplinary 'tools,'" but "electrical or phone cords, boards, yardsticks, ropes, shoes, and wires are likely to be considered instruments of abuse."

Texas law says the use of non-deadly force against someone younger than 18 is justified if a parent or guardian "reasonably believes the force is necessary to discipline the child or to safeguard or promote his welfare."

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AP Pro Football Writer Howard Fendrich contributed to this report.

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Arizona Cardinals star Jonathan Dwyer 'head-butted his wife breaking her nose for denying him sex'+Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson Out Indefinitely

Adrian Peterson is facing more legal problems after admitting to using marijuana while out on bond in his child abuse case, according to ESPN.

Peterson is accused of felony child abuse for whipping his 4-year old son. He turned himself in to Montgomery County, Texas authorities on September 13. The Minnesota Vikings running back posted bond of $15,000 and was released the same day. He was ordered to submit to drug tests as a condition of his release.

Peterson made a court appearance Wednesday, October 8. While submitting a urine test he admitted to "smoking a little weed."

Prosecutors have filed paperwork seeking to have AP's bond revoked and want him re-arrested for violating the terms of his bond.

Peterson hasn't been allowed to play in an NFL game since the allegations of child abuse came to light last month. He's been placed on the NFL's exempt list. If convicted of the charges he could face up to two years in prison.

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Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson Out Indefinitely. Placed On Exempt List After 2nd Child Abuse Case Surfaces [Video]

  • Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer was arrested Wednesday on aggravated assault charges in connection with two altercations in July
  • Police records show the 25-year-old football star allegedly broke his wife Kayla's nose and punched her with a closed fist in the face 
  • One of the counts was 'aggravated assault causing a fracture' against the 27-year-old Mrs Dwyer on July 21
  • Neighbors heard a fight and called police, who showed up at the residence
  • Police Sgt. Trent Crump said Dwyer hid in the bathroom until police left 
    The next day, Dwyer threw his wife's phone from the second floor of their home to prevent her from calling police
  • Dwyer also allegedly hurled a shoe at their 17-month-old son 

Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer head-butted his wife and broke her nose after she refused to have sex with him, and punched her in the face the next day, police revealed today.

The sordid details surfaced in a law enforcement report a day after Dwyer was arrested on aggravated assault charges and deactivated from all team activities. He spent a night in jail and made a brief court appearance before being released early Thursday.

Dwyer, 25, was arrested Wednesday for investigation in two altercations that occurred on July 21 and 22 at his Phoenix residence, just days before the Cardinals reported to training camp. 

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Domestic violence: Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer (far right) is accused of beating up his wife, Kayla (center) for refusing to have sex with him and throwing a shoe at their young son (pictured) 

Domestic violence: Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer (far right) is accused of beating up his wife, Kayla (center) for refusing to have sex with him and throwing a shoe at their young son (pictured) 

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Arrested: Dwyer was arrested Wednesday on aggravated assault charges in connection with two altercations at his home in July involving his family

Arrested: Dwyer was arrested Wednesday on aggravated assault charges in connection with two altercations at his home in July involving his family

His wife, 27-year-old Kayla Tobin Dwyer, left the state after the incidents, but came forward a week ago after Dwyer apparently sent suicidal text messages including a photo of a knife.

In the first encounter, police say Dwyer attempted to kiss and undress his wife, but she refused.

Someone who heard the argument reported the assault to police, who showed up at the apartment but did not make an arrest. Dwyer hid in a bathroom and the wife denied he was in the home because the running back threatened to kill himself in front of her and their child if she told police about the assault, police said.

The next day, Dwyer punched his wife with a closed fist on the left side of her face, according to police. He also punched walls and threw a shoe at his 17-month-old son, who was not injured.

As Kayla Dwyer tried to call police, Dwyer grabbed her cellphone and threw it down from the home's second story. Witnesses told police that Dwyer's wife said, ‘I'm calling the police’ as she held her swollen face and clutched her son.

During his police interview, Dwyer acknowledged hiding in the bathroom when police responded to the first argument and sending a photo of a knife with suicidal threats.

Dwyer denied committing an assault, though he acknowledged that he punched walls in his home, threw a phone and that his wife bit his lip during the disputes, according to the police report. As he was released from jail Thursday, he said he never hurt his son. 

Jonathan Dwyer was released from jail at around 5am Thursday after posting a $25,000 cash bond. When asked by a gaggle of reporters if he will ever play football again, he simply replied: 'I will,' according to KPHO

Dwyer was ordered to wear an electronic monitoring device and banned from having contact with his wife and so; he also cannot travel outside Arizona or be in possession of weapons, drugs or alcohol.

Authorities depicted a stormy relationship between Dwyer and his wife, a flight attendant from North Carolina, that escalated into violence on July 21, four days before the Cardinals reported to training camp.

Neighbors heard a fight and called police, who showed up at the residence but left without making an arrest because Dwyer hid in the bathroom and the woman said no one else was at the home, Sgt. Trent Crump told the Associated Press.

'She said she was in an argument on the phone only,' Crump said.

 '[Police officers] were convinced that the fight was verbal [and] that it was called in by a third party,' Crump also told AZ Central. '[The 27-year-old woman] convinced them of that while he was hiding in the home.'

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Handcuffed: Phoenix police officers escort Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer, to the 4th Avenue Jail following his arrest on Wednesday 

Handcuffed: Phoenix police officers escort Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer, to the 4th Avenue Jail following his arrest on Wednesday 

The Cardinals released a statement Wednesday saying 'We became aware of these allegations this afternoon when notified by Phoenix police and are cooperating fully.

'Given the serious nature of the allegations we have taken the immediate step to deactivate Jonathan from all team activities.

'We will continue to closely monitor this as it develops and evaluate additional information as it becomes available.' 

Hot temper: Dwyer denied committing an assault or hurting his son, though he acknowledged that he punched walls in his home

Hot temper: Dwyer denied committing an assault or hurting his son, though he acknowledged that he punched walls in his home

The NFL said the case will be reviewed under the league's personal-conduct policy.

The NFL has been rocked by domestic violence issues ever since a videotape surfaced that showed former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice knocking out his then-fiancee in an Atlantic City, New Jersey, elevator. Then Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson was indicted on felony child-abuse charges. On Wednesday, the Carolina Panthers decided that star defensive end Greg Hardy will not play any more games for the team until his domestic violence case is resolved.

Hardy was convicted of assault on a female and communicating threats after the victim said the 6-foot-4, 275-pound player threw her in the bathtub and onto a sofa covered with guns before threatening to kill her. Hardy is appealing the ruling. 

Critics have been calling for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's resignation for his handling of Rice's case. Rice was originally suspended for two games, then banned indefinitely after the video surfaced of his attack in the casino elevator.

This is the second domestic violence case involving a Cardinals player. Inside linebacker Daryl Washington pleaded guilty to assaulting his ex-girlfriend and is serving a year of supervised probation. Washington has not yet been penalized by the NFL for the offense but is suspended for this season for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

Sidelined: The Cardinals deactivated Jonathan Dwyer from all team activities following his arrest

Sidelined: The Cardinals deactivated Jonathan Dwyer from all team activities following his arrest

Dwyer spent the last four seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers
Athlete: Dwyer, 25, signed with the Cardinals earlier this year and was their second-string running back after spending the last four years with the Pittsburgh Steelers

Athlete: Dwyer, 25, signed with the Cardinals earlier this year and was their second-string running back after spending the last four years with the Pittsburgh Steelers

Dwyer was led into the jail in handcuffs to be booked on counts that include aggravated assault causing a fracture and involving a minor, criminal damage and preventing the use of a phone in an emergency.

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, which runs the jail, said Dwyer has refused all media interviews.

Dwyer signed with the Cardinals this year and was their second-string running back after spending the last four seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He scored a touchdown last week in Arizona's victory over the New York Giants.

His best year for Pittsburgh was 2012 when injuries depleted the team's backfield in the middle of the season and Dwyer filled in and had 100-yard-plus games in consecutive weeks.

Dwyer, from Marietta, Georgia, was a sixth-round draft pick of the Steelers out of Georgia Tech in 2010.

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'Be still and take ya whooping': NFL star Adrian Peterson 'accused of injuring ANOTHER toddler son while disciplining him in incident that left the boy with a head wound'

Just days after reactivating Adrian Peterson following his indictment on child abuse charges in Texas, the Minnesota Vikings have reversed field and placed the star running back exempt/commissioner’s permission list. He will not be allowed to play until the case is resolved to the satisfaction of the organization and the National Football League.

The decision came because of public pressure to further discipline Peterson after a second child abuse case came to light.

KHOU reported that Peterson was investigated in June 2013 for injuring a four-year old son while disciplining him. The child sustained a cut over his right eye that turned into a scar after healing.

The child's mother reported the injury to Child Protective Services in Texas. An investigation was launched and CPS decided not to forward the incident to police. Peterson said the injury happened when his son hit his head on a car seat while being disciplined.

Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf issued a statement regarding deactivating AP via the Minnesota Star Tribune.

"This has been an ongoing and deliberate process since last Friday's news. In conversations with the NFL over the last two days, the Vikings advised the League of the team's decision to revisit the situation regarding Adrian Peterson. In response, the League informed the team of the option to place Adrian on the Exempt/Commissioner's Permission list, which will require that Adrian remain away from all team activities while allowing him to take care of his personal situation until the legal proceedings are resolved. After giving the situation additional thought, we have decided this is the appropriate course of action for the organization and for Adrian."

It's likely AP will look to cut a plea deal in his latest child abuse case in an attempt to speed up his return to the field. This indictment is for injuring another four-year old son while whipping him with a switch.

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Adrian Peterson Reinstated By Minnesota Vikings After Child Abuse Indictment. Releases Statement {VIDEO}

Adrian Peterson has been accused of abusing another of his children, it has been reported. A photo of his four-year-old son shows him suffering a head wound covered by bandages

  • Adrian Peterson allegedly injured four-year-old son at his gated mansion
  • Footballer disciplined the boy after he cursed at his sibling, it is claimed
  • A photo shows child suffering from a head wound covered by bandages 
  • But sources say boy accidentally hit head on car seat during discipline
  • Reports come just hours after Peterson spoke out about abuse charges
  • He apologized for whipping another son, four, but also defended actions
  • Despite arrest on Saturday, Peterson was reinstated by Minnesota Vikings
  • He resumed practice with the team today and is set to play next Sunday
  • Peterson is the highest-paid player and the biggest star on the Vikings
  • Radisson hotel chain this evening suspended its sponsorship of the team

Adrian Peterson has been accused of abusing another young son, it was reported this evening.

The Minnesota Vikings star allegedly injured his four-year-old son while disciplining him at his gated mansion in The Woodlands last June.

A photo shows the boy suffering from a head wound covered by two bandages, while other images reveal a scar over his right eye.

It comes just hours after Peterson spoke out for the first time since his arrest for severely whipping another of his children with a wooden switch. 

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Adrian Peterson has been accused of abusing another of his children, it has been reported.
A photo of his four-year-old son shows him suffering a head wound covered by bandages

Another allegation: Adrian Peterson (left) has been accused of abusing another of his children, it has been reported. A photo of his four-year-old son (right) shows him suffering a head wound covered by bandages

Vikings reinstate Adrian Peterson after one game ban

The running back, who was reinstated today after missing just one game following the child abuse charges this weekend, apologized but also defended his actions.

In the latest abuse case, Adrian reportedly sent the boy's mother a text message claiming his son had smacked his head on a car seat.

However, when she questioned him further, he is said to have later admitted hitting the child, texting: 'Be still n take ya whooping he would have saved the scare [scar]. He aight [all right].'

He then wrote: 'I felt so bad, but he did it his self', according to KHOU 11 News Houston.

Peterson later revealed he had disciplined his son for cursing at his sibling, but refused to disclose his method of punishment, it is claimed.

Although the boy's mother filed a report with Child Protective Services, no charges were ever made against Peterson. The footballer's attorney declined to comment on the latest allegations.

However, sources close to the investigation have told TMZ that the reason no charges were made is because the child accidentally hit his head on the car seat while Peterson was punishing him. 

Son's wounds
Son's wounds

Brutal: It comes just hours after Peterson spoke out for the first time since his arrest for severely whipping another of his children with a wooden switch. Above, police released these images of the boy's wounds

Back on the field: Peterson, the Minnesota Vikings' biggest star, was reinstated by the team after being kicked off the roster on Saturday. He will play next week against the New Orleans Saints

A witness reportedly told Peterson's attorney that the star 'did nothing inappropriate with his son', while the form of discipline was said to be deemed 'not impermissible' under Texas law. 

But this evening, Randy Burton, a former chief prosecutor of family crimes in Harris Country, branded the alleged abuse 'absolutely criminal'.

He added: 'You break the skin, you have bleeding, much less permanent scars, that is a crime.' 

Earlier today, Peterson claimed he was 'not a child abuser' for whipping another four-year-old son, who has a different mother from that of the latest alleged victim.

'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,' he said.

Vikings players and fans react to Adrian Peterson arrest
Decision: Head coach Mike Zimmer listens as Vikings general manger Rick Spielman talked with reporters today about the decision to allow Adrian Peterson to return to the team

Decision: Head coach Mike Zimmer listens as Vikings general manger Rick Spielman talked with reporters today about the decision to allow Adrian Peterson to return to the team

'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.'

Peterson, the Vikings' highest-paid player and biggest star, was booted from the team's roster for Sunday's 30-7 loss against the New England Patriots. 

However, he is back on the practice field today and will play next week against the New Orleans Saints. 

RADISSON'S STATEMENT ON ITS SUSPENSION OF SPONSORSHIP

'Radisson takes this matter very seriously particularly in light of our long-standing commitment to the protection of children.

'We are closely following the situation and effective immediately, Radisson is suspending its limited sponsorship of the Minnesota Vikings while we evaluate the facts and circumstances.'

'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.' 

Peterson turned himself into police in his hometown of Spring, Texas, on Saturday after detectives issued an arrest warrant for the May beating.

The boy had wounds on his thighs, backside and even his genitals following the beating. 

Peterson has admitted to whipping his son, but his attorney said he was only using the discipline he himself had received as a child growing up in East Texas. 

In his statement, he defended the motivation behind the severe discipline he meted out, saying: '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.'

Arrest: Peterson turned himself into police in his hometown of Spring, Texas, on Saturday after detectives issued an arrest warrant for the beating

Arrest: Peterson turned himself into police in his hometown of Spring, Texas, on Saturday after detectives issued an arrest warrant for the beating

However, Peterson said he has seen a psychologist, who told him that there are usually better ways to discipline children than hitting them. He said he has had to 'reevaluate how I discipline my son going forward.'  

The Vikings owners, the Wilf brothers, said they decided to bring Peterson back on the team after 'significant thought, discussion and consideration.

'As evidenced by our decision to deactivate Adrian from yesterday’s game, this is clearly a very important issue. On Friday, we felt it was in the best interests of the organization to step back, evaluate the situation, and not rush to judgment given the seriousness of this matter. 

'At that time, we made the decision that we felt was best for the Vikings and all parties involved.'

However, this evening, it emerged that the Radisson hotel chain has suspended its sponsorship of the Minnesota Vikings following the charges.

In a statement, Radisson, part of the family owned hospitality and travel company Carlson, said it 'takes this matter very seriously particularly in light of our long-standing commitment to the protection of children.'

'We are closely following the situation and effective immediately, Radisson is suspending its limited sponsorship of the Minnesota Vikings while we evaluate the facts and circumstances,' the company's statement read. 

Radisson's sponsorship includes a press banner that is behind those speaking at Vikings news conferences.

On Monday, the banner was behind Vikings general manager Rick Spielman as he discussed the team's decision to reinstate Peterson. 

'Based on our long-standing relationship, the Minnesota Vikings respectfully honored Radisson's request,' a team spokesman said in an email Monday night.

Peterson's importance to the Vikings is hard to overstate. He is a former MVP who hold several NFL records for rushing. His six-year, $86million contract makes him by far the highest-paid player on the team. 

PETERSON APOLOGIZES BUT DEFENDS HIMSELF: VIKINGS STAR ISSUES STATEMENT ABOUT CHILD ABUSE ARREST  

'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.'

His 1,266 rushing yards last season accounted for nearly a quarter of the entire team's offense. He scored ten of the team's 45 touchdowns. 

Hours after the arrest, the Vikings decided not to play Peterson against the Patriots, moving swiftly after a week in which the NFL came under heavy scrutiny for its handling of a domestic violence case involving former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice.

But unlike a previous case involving former cornerback Chris Cook, the Vikings have decided to allow Peterson to return to the field while the legal process unfolds.

In 2011, the Vikings suspended cornerback Chris Cook with pay after he was arrested for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend and barred him from all team activities while his trial played out. Cook wound up missing 10 games and was eventually acquitted. He never faced discipline from the NFL and played two more seasons with the Vikings before signing with the 49ers.

The NFL is looking into Peterson's case, and if convicted he could face a minimum six-game suspension under the league's new tougher domestic abuse policy that was implemented after Commissioner Roger Goodell admitted he botched Rice's initial punishment. 

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Vikings star Adrian Peterson indicted for child abuse after beating son, 4, with a switch - just months after football player mourned another son 'beaten to death by his ex's boyfriend' {VIDEO}

Adrian Peterson is coming back to the Minnesota Vikings two days after he was charged with child abuse for using a wooden switch to spank his 4-year-old son, and the star running back said Monday he is not a child abuser and wants "everyone to understand how sorry I feel about the hurt I have brought to my child."

Peterson, considered one of the best running backs in the NFL, was benched for Sunday's 30-7 home loss to the New England and he had not commented publicly since news broke on Friday that he had lashed the boy with the switch earlier this summer, causing an unspecified injuries.

"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," Peterson said in a nearly 500-word statement issued through his agency. "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."

Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf said they had decided to bring back Peterson for practices and Sunday's game at New Orleans "after significant thought, discussion and consideration." The Wilfs said they want to let the legal process play out before making any more definitive decisions on Peterson's future with the only NFL team he has ever played for.

Zygi and Mark Wilf

"To be clear, we take very seriously any matter that involves the welfare of a child," the Wilfs said. "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."

Peterson faces an initial court appearance in Conroe, Texas, on Wednesday on a charge of reckless or negligent injury to a child, which carries penalties of up to two years in prison and a $10,000 fine. His attorney, Rusty Hardin, said he will try to delay the arraignment until next week after Hardin returns from a vacation out of the country.

Corporal punishment is legal in Texas and non-deadly force against a child by a parent or guardian is permissible. But the punishment is abusive if it causes injury. A blow that leaves a bruise, welt or swelling, or requires medical attention, could be judged abusive. The guidelines also say use of an instrument "is cause for concern."

Hardin said Peterson used a switch because that was the way he was brought up by his parents in Palestine, Texas, and the NFL star agreed.

"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," Peterson said. "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."

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The Vikings decided not to play Peterson against the Patriots, moving swiftly after a week in which the NFL came under heavy scrutiny for its handling of a domestic violence case involving former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice.

The Vikings clearly see Peterson's case as different from the 2011 case involving former cornerback Chris Cook, who was accused of choking his girlfriend. Cook was initially suspended by the team before being reinstated with pay. But the Vikings barred him from all team activities, including games, while the legal process unfolded.

Cook wound up missing 10 games and was eventually acquitted. He never faced discipline from the NFL and played two more seasons with the Vikings before signing with the 49ers.

The NFL is looking into Peterson's case, and if convicted he could face a minimum six-game suspension under the league's new tougher domestic abuse policy that was implemented after Commissioner Roger Goodell admitted he botched Rice's initial punishment.

The Vikings' decision to reinstate Peterson comes on the same day the NFL announced that three experts in domestic violence will serve as senior advisers to the league. Goodell sent a memo to teams Monday announcing that Lisa Friel, Jane Randel and Rita Smith will "help lead and shape the NFL's policies and programs relating to domestic violence and sexual assault."

"I accept the fact that people feel very strongly about this issue and what they think about my conduct," Peterson said. "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."

Full Statement From Adrian Peterson

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.

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Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson Indicted On Injury To A Child Charge Near Houston {VIDEO}

  • Peterson beat the boy with a leafless tree branch as punishment for pushing another of his children off a motorbike video game and told investigators he considered it a routine spanking
  • A doctor inspecting the boy's injuries, which included multiple lacerations to his thighs and cuts on his hand, called them 'child abuse' 
  • A warrant has been issued for Peterson's arrest, and he has been cut from the roster for Sunday's home game against the Patriots
  • In a text message, he told the child's mother, 'I felt so bad, n I’m all tearing that butt up when needed! I start putting them in timeout. N save the whooping for needed memories!' 

Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson has been indicted for reckless or negligent injury to a child for allegedly beating one of his sons as punishment, and a warrant was issued for his arrest. 

The 2012 NFL MVP reportedly admitted to police that he did give his son a 'whooping' last May with a switch - a term he used to describe a leafless tree branch - while the boy was visiting him in Houston.

Peterson, 29, who was in Minnesota training with his team ahead of a game this Sunday, was deactivated from the roster after his indictment by a Texas grand jury went public, ESPN reported. 

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A grand jury indicted Vikings running back Adrian Peterson for reckless or negligent injury to a child, and a warrant was issued for his arrest

A grand jury indicted Vikings running back Adrian Peterson for reckless or negligent injury to a child, and a warrant was issued for his arrest

These pictures show the cuts and bruises on the four-year-old's arm that Peterson is said to have caused by using a leafless tree branch

Adrian Peterson indicted on a charge of child abuse
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During the incident, Peterson’s son had pushed another one of his children off of a motorbike video game, according to new details from CBS Houston. As punishment, Peterson grabbed the branch, removed the leaves and struck the child repeatedly.

According to doctors, the beating resulted in numerous injuries to the boy, including cuts and bruises on his back, buttocks, legs and scrotum. 

Peterson then allegedly texted the boy's mother about the incident, saying that one wound in particular would make her 'mad at me about his leg. I got kinda good wit the tail end of the switch,' according to CBS.

Peterson and actor Hugh Jackman speak on stage during the NFL Honors award show in New York in February

Peterson and actor Hugh Jackman speak on stage during the NFL Honors award show in New York in February

In further text messages, the football star said he 'felt bad after the fact when I notice the switch was wrapping around hitting i (sic) thigh' and that he “got him in nuts once I noticed. But I felt so bad, n I’m all tearing that butt up when needed! I start putting them in timeout. N save the whooping for needed memories!' 

He also texted the boy's mother: 'Never do I go overboard! But all my kids will know, hey daddy has the biggie heart but don’t play no games when it comes to acting right.' 

The child offered police a different version of events, telling them Peterson hit him on the face and that he feared further punishment for talking to the authorities about what happened. 

Tyrese Ruffin, pictured above, died last October in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Peterson, who is his biological father, only learned about him two months earlier

Tyrese Ruffin, pictured above, died last October in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Peterson, who is his biological father, only learned about him two months earlier

He said that he had been hit by a belt and that 'there are a lot of belts in Daddy’s closet.' 

The boy also said that Peterson put leaves in his mouth when he was being hit with the switch while his pants were down and told his mother that his dad 'likes belts and switches' and 'has a whooping room.'

Peterson's lawyer, Rusty Hardin, confirmed the indictment to Fox 26 in Houston, which originally broke the story. 

Hardin said Peterson is cooperating fully with investigators.The Montgomery County Sheriff's Department also confirmed the indictment and said it issued a warrant for Peterson's arrest on Friday. 

'Adrian is a loving father who used his judgment as a parent to discipline his son,' according to Hardin's statement.

'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.'

The statement adds that Peterson 'deeply regrets the unintentional injury'. 

In fact, Peterson didn't think there was anything wrong with his actions when he was interviewed by police, telling them he only used 'whoopings' or spankings as a last result. 

When asked if some of the marks on the boy's body were from an extension cord, he said 'Oh, no, I’d never hit my child with an extension cord. I remember how it feels to get whooped with an extension cord. I’d never do that', CBS reported. 

After Peterson's four-year-old boy returned home to Minnesota, his mother took him to a doctor, who found a number of lacerations on this thighs, bruise-like marks on his lower back and buttocks and cuts on his hand.

Joseph Patterson, the boyfriend of Tyrese's mother at the time of his death, is accused of second-degree murder. His trial is set for October

A police report obtained by a radio affiliate of CBS said the boy told the doctor that Peterson had hit him with a branch from a tree. 

A doctor describes some of the marks as open wounds and called it 'child abuse'. Another agreed and called the cuts 'extensive'. 

Peterson told investigators when they questioned him that he regarded the incident as a normal spanking and not excessive. 

A grand jury held in the summer had declined to charge him. A new one was impaneled in Montgomery County, Texas, and decided to pursue the indictment. 

In a statement, the Vikings said it was deactivating Peterson for this Sunday's home game against the New England Patriots. 

Peterson had plenty of fans and detractors on Twitter. 

Some thought what he did was nothing out of the ordinary.  

Others were less than kind. 

Another fan noted on Twitter that Peterson's image is featured on the tickets for the game this weekend, even though he won't be playing in it. 

The incident comes just 11 months after another son of Peterson's, Tyrese Ruffin, died in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, after allegedly being beaten by the boyfriend of the child's mother. 

Peterson only learned about the two-year-old's existence two months before his death. 

Joseph Patterson faces charges of second-degree murder, manslaughter and aggravated assault, and the trial is scheduled to begin next month. 

In July, Patterson pleaded not guilty to a second charge of assaulting Tyrese's mother and holding her against her will for more than an hour.

Peterson reportedly has had seven children, including Tyrese and the four-year-old. 

Erica Syion, a former dancer from Dallas and mother of one Peterson's kids, said in October that her son knows of 'four other brothers and sisters' but the total number of children remains unclear.



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Montgomery County Sheriff Tommy Gage has issued a release saying that a warrant has been issued for the arrest of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.

Peterson was "true billed" on a charge of injury to a child Friday in Montgomery County, north of Houston.

As of Friday evening, Peterson was not in the custody of Montgomery County Sheriff's officers.

According to Gage's release, the Sheriff's Office will not discuss further details of the case.

TMZ Sports reports that Peterson, 29,  did not practice with his team yesterday due to a scheduled "veteran's day," according to the team.

The team issued the following statement to its website after news of the indictment broke Friday afternoon:

"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."

Gwen Carter with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services could not confirm or deny that CPS was currently investigating Peterson and deferred all questions back to the Montgomery County District Attorney's office.

"Child Protective Services investigations are confidential according to state law, so we cannot comment," wrote Carter in an email Friday.

The Montgomery County District Attorney's Office has told ESPN that Peterson has been cooperative with their investigation. They say they received the case earlier this year.

Peterson's attorney Rusty Hardin later released the following statement:

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.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported on Friday that a source has told him that Peterson testified before a grand jury three weeks ago.

Lt. Brady Fitzgerald with the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office confirmed to the NFL Network that his department had investigated the case after it was referred to them via the Houston Police Department.

Peterson is regarded as one of the NFL's premiere running backs. In 2012, he rushed for more than 2,000 yards after a brutal injury the year before threatened his career.

In Week 1, Peterson rushed for 75 yards on 21 attempts against the St. Louis Rams. The Vikings play the New England Patriots on Sunday.

Peterson was drafted seventh overall in the 2007 NFL Draft out of the University of Oklahoma.

He is due to make just over $14 million this year from the Vikings.

Peterson is the listed owner of at least one home in Montgomery County.

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Comment by scott cheers on December 14, 2014 at 5:35pm

you absolutely right E.Peters, you know white people interprete everything black people do wrong because they expect black people to do things the way they feel it should be done. They need to learn to discipline their own suicidal, school shooting up kids. You do not go to jail or loose your job for disciplining your kids. Police can murder your child even if your child do not have a weapon, but we cannot discipline our kids!! GET THE F*** OUTTA HERE!!! GO STRAIGHT TO HELL,, I wish somebody would come and try and tell me I cannot discipline my kid the way I want and its a damn shame Peterson would even consider retiring unless he just do not want to deal with the racist ass system the owners and president of the NFL has..Jaypaid that child is not too little or too young to be hit and miss me with that 'no tv s***', or 'time out s***' that s*** do not even work...Just ask the white parents whose little kids cuss them out in the stores in front of everyone and make the parent feel stupid..People need to mine their damn business. Do not even think about coming to me about how to discipline my kids.. Since when does a parent loose their job over spanking their kids? Tell that judge and prosecutor to go straight to hell racist ass caucasions.. How many police officers, white doctors, white lawyers, teachers and white corporate workers do they go after for spanking their kids or raping them? Its always black athletes and famous black actors with money.. Ignorant racist society and country we live in, Adrian Peterson and Ray should not even apologize for doing what they know is right just because white people have a problem with it, they should tell them to go f*** themselves and mind their own business because they were already suspended from football..

Comment by E Peters on November 18, 2014 at 2:14pm
It's a shame I am sure he was just disciplining his son but it's always going to be interpreted wrong by those who never discipline their kids. Once kids know you can't touch them they will take advantage and really act out.
Comment by O.N.E. on November 6, 2014 at 7:30pm

Perfect shirt .... P R O P A G A N D A .... OBEY

Comment by Bombahdrop on November 5, 2014 at 7:35pm

BullShit

Comment by Bombahdrop on November 5, 2014 at 7:34pm

its cause of money he got off had that been a regular mo he would be his or her ass in jail by now smfh

Comment by MC SMILEY on November 5, 2014 at 4:11pm

$mart move a ble$$Ing$

Comment by jaypaid on October 28, 2014 at 5:42am

That excuse Mr. AP, you was raised with the same discipline you got is bullshit ! Shame on you for beating your baby like that ! First of all he's to small to be hit at all. what ever happened to "no TV ' or  " no presents" or take a time out ? You Ball players making all this money and no common sense, you guys need to take a class on  how to conduct yourself as a professional . You guys are beating women, and children, carrying guns, taking steroids, throwing money away . You don't invest on your future, 4 out of every 10 have money to retire on. Most of you guys are broke by the time your no longer top pick. Young men wake up and live right, your only hurting yourself when you think stars don't FALL ! 

Comment by Baseman1974 on October 27, 2014 at 11:27pm
James Gibbs n robyn, y u blaming the media?? Wat ever you put in the pot dats wats gonna cook , dah media reports n if it's not true dey will get sued, check out world news, so if u keep doing what you doing, u will keep getting wat yuh getting, good or bad
Comment by Tiffany Pemberton on October 27, 2014 at 11:11pm

Just horrible

Comment by Bombahdrop on September 22, 2014 at 6:43am
Instead they want to throw it all away in exchange for rage, violence against women n children. What is wrong with this picture is men's hearts are failing them long time.

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