Vikings’ Adrian Peterson Booked on Charge of Child Abuse
Adrian Peterson, the star Minnesota Vikings running back charged with child abuse, surrendered to Montgomery County, Tex., authorities early Saturday morning and was freed on $15,000 bond.Peterson flew to Houston on Friday night after practicing with the Vikings earlier in the day. A warrant had been issued for Peterson’s arrest Friday afternoon, one day after he was true-billed — indicted, essentially — by a Montgomery County grand jury on a single count of injuring a child. The team listed him as inactive for Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots at Minneapolis.
It was not immediately clear whether Peterson planned to return for the game or remain in the Houston area, where he lives in the off-season. In the N.F.L., inactive players often stand on the sidelines. A Vikings spokesman did not return a phone call.
A spokeswoman for Rusty Hardin, Peterson’s lawyer, said Hardin had no further comment on the arrest or Peterson’s surrender. On Friday, a Vikings spokesman said the team was gathering information and referred all questions to Hardin.
The charges stemmed from Peterson’s disciplining his 4-year-old son in May in Spring, Tex., with a small tree branch, commonly called a switch.
CBS Houston, citing law enforcement sources and police reports, said the beating caused cuts and bruises in several areas of the boy’s body, including his back, ankles and legs. Peterson, 29, told the police that the punishment was a “whupping” administered after the boy pushed another of Peterson’s children.
I’m certain’y not going to justify child abuse but am I lone in thinking this is totally different from the Rice situation & the Vikings should hold off suspending him?
I suspect Peterson is practicing the kind of parenting he received and needs help. I remember a discussion onece with some co-workers about corporal punishment – all of us thought the others’ punishments had been abuse but ours weren’t – I was spanked with a paddle, one coworker was made to kneel on dried peas or rice and another had to stand on a stump outside for an hour.