Adrian Peterson: 'I Am, Without a Doubt, Not a Child Abuser'
Adrian Peterson insists that he is “not a child abuser.”
On Monday, the Minnesota Vikings running back posted a lengthy statement regarding recent child abuse allegations against him on Twitter, writing: “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.”
He added: “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 … 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 reportedly won’t cut Peterson in the wake of child abuse allegations.
An NFL insider told the New York Post that the star running back will not be released from the team, though he may be traded should additional details of the case surface.
For now, the player will return to the field for Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints.
Peterson, 30, was booked on a charge of injury to a child on Saturday in Montgomery, Texas, after being indicted by a grand jury earlier last week.
A warrant was issued for his arrest and Peterson turned himself in to the Montgomery County jail Saturday morning. He was released a little a half-hour later after posting the $15,000 bond.
According to Houston’s Sports Radio 610, Peterson allegedly beat his 4-year-old son with a switch – a tree branch that has been stripped of its leaves – back in May.
The beating reportedly caused multiple injuries to the child, including cuts and bruises to the child’s back, buttocks, ankles, legs and scrotum.
Peterson claims he has done nothing wrong, telling authorities that he simply was administering punishment to his son after he pushed one of his siblings. He added that the punishment he delivered was no different than anything he received as a child.
“Adrian is a loving father who used his judgment as a parent to discipline his son,” Peterson’s lawyer Rusty Hardin said in his 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.”
The football player’s son, however, says that his father hit him on the face as well, adding that Peterson stuffed his mouth with leaves while he was beating him, according to a copy of the police report obtained by Sports Radio 610.