Peterson’s statement reads as follows:
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.
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, TX — Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will play in Sunday’s game against the New Orleans, despite facing child abuse charges in Montgomery County, TX.
“Today’s decision was made 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,” the Vikings’ statement said.
The indictment in question involves Peterson using a “switch,” a tree branch to spank his son.
Peterson, who was kept out of Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots, turned himself into authorities near Houston over the weekend. He quickly posted $15,000 in bail and was released.
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, TX -- It's been a rough week for the NFL. This time involving Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson.
He's been indicted in Montgomery County, Texas, north of Houston, for reckless or negligent injury of a child -- his child.
The indictment in question involves Peterson using a "switch," a tree branch to spank his son. Talk about some tough discipline.
That's led the Vikings to deactivate him for this week's game against the Patriots.
"The Vikings are in the process of gathering information regarding the legal situation involving Adrian Peterson," the Vikings said in a statement.
His attorney says, "Adrian never intended to harm his son and deeply regrets the unintentional injury."
Hey, Jerry might want to rethink his comments about wanting Peterson on the squad. Apparently, Peterson's conversation with Jones is an NFL foul.
This comes less than a year after Peterson's 2-year-old son died in South Dakota -- allegedly at the hands of a man who was dating the boy's mother. Peterson learned only two months earlier that he was the boy's father.