The 30-year-old player had been suspended without pay for what the league called “an incident of abusive discipline” towards his then 4-year-old son. A grand jury had indicted Peterson on charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child in September 2014 after the NFL star spanked his son to the point where the child bled. Peterson entered a no contest plea.
Peterson apologized publicly last November and said he “won’t ever use a switch again,” referring to the tree branch he used to strike his son.
“No one knows how I felt when I turned my child around after spanking him and seeing what I had left on his leg,” he said at the time. “No one knows that Dad sat there and apologized to him, hugged him and told him that I didn’t mean to do this to you and how sorry I was.”
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