Running back Adrian Peterson turned himself in to police in Montgomery County, Texas, at 1:06 a.m. CT, according to ESPN. He was released 30 minutes later on $15,000 bond. The Minnesota Viking was indicted for reckless or negligent injury to a child and an arrest warrant was issued for him yesterday. The Vikings have removed him from the roster for tomorrow's game against the New England Patriots.
TMZ reports that the incident involved his four-year-old son, who was visiting him. Peterson has reportedly been cooperative in the investigation, testifying in front of the grand jury for several hours. He issued a statement via his attorney. "The charged conduct involves using a switch to spank his son," said Rusty Hardin. "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 added that "It is important to remember that Adrian never intended to harm his son and deeply regrets the unintentional injury."
The police report that was filed included texts that were allegedly sent from Peterson to his child's mother, following the visit: "Got him in the n-ts once I noticed. But I felt so bad, n I'm all tearing that butt up when needed!" Another text read: "Never do I go overboard! But all my kids will know, hey daddy has he biggest heart but don't play no games when it comes to acting right."
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