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2014 Minnesota Vikings: Adrian Peterson Indicted for Child Injury

Local Houston news has reported that Adrian Peterson has been indicted for reckless or negligent injury to a child. He has been indicted in Montgomery County by a Grand Jury. Isiah Carey with Fox 26 in Houston reports that the charges stem directly from allegations that Peterson beat his young son (which may be an exaggeration for effect. See updates below) . In that Carey report, Peterson’s lawyer, Rusty Hardin (the same lawyer who represented Roger Clemens and won his acquittal) has confirmed the indictment but nothing more. Phil Grant of the Montgomery County District Attorney says they cannot comment on the case until Peterson is in custody.

Most disturbing:

Once source says there are photos of the child’s injuries now in the possession of investigators with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

Here’s a link to the relevant Texas statute. Jay Glazer of Fox Sports has re-reported it, but I do not know if he is confirming reports or simply restating previous reports.

UPDATE: Per Jay Glazer, Peterson will cooperate with law enforcement and may not be available for the weekend.

UPDATE2: Isiah Carey reports an update on the Grand Jury proceedings. Evidently the Grand Jury “no billed” the Peterson case, meaning there was not enough evidence to indict. When the district attorney presented a second time, the panel accepted the criminal charge.

Further context: Adrian Peterson was inactive yesterday, but only as part of a veteran’s day of rest. He was seen at the beginning and end of practice. Today, he was in the building and was in Winter Park as of two hours ago.

UPDATE3: The Vikings are currently deciding on Peterson’s status for the weekend, per Jay Glazer.

UPDATE4: According to Ian Rapaport, the investigation has been going on for some time. Peterson testified to the Grand Jury weeks ago.

UPDATE5: And Ian also reports that the charges stem from Adrian disciplining his son with a switch.

I… uh… evidently need to clarify that a switch is a thin tree branch. This strongly implies that the story is (because the statute is distinct from intentional injury) a case of going beyond the bounds of the law in disciplining the child. This is not to undersell the point—an indictment implies he went over the top.

CLARIFICATION: Some people are interpreting this statement (I previously used the word overzealousness) to mean that I am ethically OK with corporal punishment for children. That is not the intent, nor the conversation I wish to start or be involved in. The point I am making is that Texas law has distinctions between intentional injury to a child and reckless/negligent injury to a child, and that most forms of corporal punishment do not receive indictments to that effect, regardless of the ethics surrounding corporal punishment.

Which is to say the law would interpret most forms of corporal punishment as not a chargeable offense, but that beyond a certain threshold would be subject to a felony charge. Here, a reckless/negligent injury charge would imply that the act of discipline is not what is under question, but the extent to which he disciplined the child. The legal interpretation of the events would imply that he did not intend to injure the child, but did through his own negligence.

UPDATE6: From Isiah Carey at Fox 26 again:

Brady Fitzgerald with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s office says they investigated Peterson for injury to a child and then turned the case over to the District Attorney to present to a grand jury. However, Fitzgerald says Peterson has not been arrested.

We should also expect a statement from an attorney soon.

UPDATE7: Per TMZ:

We’re told the child returned home to his mother in Minn. who noticed injuries and took the child to a doctor. A short time later, the doctor contacted authorities in Texas to report Adrian.

The alleged victim is an 11-year-old boy, per TMZ (dispute below by a more credible source). TMZ has changed their report to accord with WCCO and CBS and is now reporting the boy is four years old.

UDPATE8: Chris Tomasson reports that ESPN reports Peterson has not been arrested.

UPDATE9: Statement from the Vikings —

The Vikings are in the process of gathering information regarding the legal situation involving Adrian Peterson. At this time, we will defer further questions to Adrian’s attorney Rusty Hardin.

UPDATE10: NFL.com has a story running now. This is their current update based on their investigations:

Lt. Fitzgerald of Montgomery County Texas Police confirmed to NFL Media that they have investigated the case. An unknown police department called the City of Houston Police Department with a complaint of child endangerment, and Houston referred it to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office where the alleged case occurred.

UPDATE11: Being found guilty of this specific law incurs a prison sentence of 2-10 years, which can be reduced via plea bargain, according to Michael McCann.

UPDATE12: CBS reports have pictures, if you’re inclined to see them, and a few more details. As you’d expect, the pictures are of welts and lacerations.

Sports Radio 610 in Houston obtained a draft of the police report which says Peterson admitted that he did, in his words, “whoop” one of his children last May while the boy was visiting him in Houston.

When the 4-year-old boy returned to Minnesota, his mother took him to a doctor. The police report said the boy told the doctor Peterson had hit him with a branch from a tree.

The doctor told investigators that the boy had a number of lacerations on his thighs, along with bruise-like marks on his lower back and buttocks and cuts on his hand.

The police report says the doctor described some of the marks as open wounds and termed it “child abuse.” Another examiner agreed, calling the cuts “extensive.”

When investigators questioned Peterson, they say he told them he regarded it as a normal spanking and not excessive. A grand jury seated earlier this summer decided not to charge him.

This confirms a few things: that it was his son, the extent of the injuries, and that the question of the case is not whether or not Peterson used a switch on his child, but the extent to which he did and if it exceeds Texas’ threshold for negligent injury.

The biggest discrepancy is the age of the child, which was reported above as 11 years old, which TMZ claims to have received from Child Protective Services, which does not square with the CBS report obtained from Sports Radio 610 in Houston of the drafted police report.

UPDATE13: Rusty Hardin is evidently out of the country, per Ben Volin.

UPDATE14: As McCann continues to clarify, the indictment is not public and the charge may be different than what we’ve been told. This might bring to light two things: 1) why the earlier grand jury no billed Peterson (it could have been a different charge and therefore proof of burden on relevant evidence) or 2) the distinction between neglect, reckless, or intentional infliction of injury. There are a myriad of other complications that might bring up, too.

WCCO has multiple sources that have confirmed this specific charge. We shall see.

UPDATE15: From reddit, a person who claims to be a child abuse detective says the following:

  • The assault/injury to the child occurred some time ago and a report was filed.

  • That report was forwarded to the Grand Jury as a “Grand Jury Referral.” Basically that means that no charges have been filed, but the prosecutor (and possibly a detective) want to present the evidence to a jury and ask them if they believe it is something that someone should be arrested for.

  • The case was presented once, No-Billed (meaning not enough evidence to justify arrest or trial) The prosecutor presented it again. Typically this is only done if there is new evidence to be presented, but prosecutors can be sneaky and resubmit it to the grand jury after a new jury is seated (In my county, the jury is replaced every 3 months)

  • Once this jury true-billed the charge, a warrant was issued for AD and a bond was set by a judge to accompany the warrant.

  • AD and his attorneys more than likely agreed to turn himself in, he’ll post bond immediately and spend zero time in jail outside of the booking/processing

  • This will go to trial or be plead out, but I’d be surprised if it happens during this football season. Typically our cases don’t go to trial for a year or more.

  • Injury to a Child has different felony levels based upon the injuries the child suffered or the circumstances behind the injuries. This one is being reported as Injury to a Child/reckless/negligence. That is what we call a State Jail felony. State Jail Felonies carry a maximum of 2 years in jail and are typically plead out to probation. The weird thing is if this was a case of him “beating” his child it would have likely been filed as Injury to a Child/knowing/intentional which is either a Felony 3 (2-10 years) or a Felony 1 ( (Felony 1 if there is intentional “serious bodily injury or death”) Most of the time the reckless/negligence comes when a parent over-disciplines a child by spanking them with a belt or extension cord leaving pattern bruises and cuts on the child’s body. I would suspect that was the case here.

  • EDIT: There is a Injury to a Child/Negligence/Reckless that is a Felony 2. However that requires serious bodily injury or death that was caused by negligence or reckless behavior. If that were the case here, it probably would have been indicted the first time it was presented. Going to wager this is the state jail felony variety.

Of course all of this is speculation based on the current rumors and my personal job experience.

UPDATE16: Tom Pelissero has the eighteenth confirmation of the charge, but adds the detail that a warrant has been issued for his arrest.

UPDATE17: Rusty Hardin has released a statement (from overseas, evidently), per Chris Tomasson:

Adrian Peterson has been informed that he was indicted by a grand jury in Montgomery County, Texas for Injury to a Child. The charged conduct involves using a switch to spank his son. 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 has cooperated fully with authorities and voluntarily testified before the grand jury for several hours. Adrian will address the charges with the same respect and responsiveness he has brought to this inquiry from its beginning. It is important to remember that Adrian never intended to harm his son and deeply regrets the unintentional injury.

Take that for what you will. It is definitely his son.

UPDATE18: It gets worse. According to CBS Houston:

The beating allegedly resulted in numerous injuries to the child, including cuts and bruises to the child’s back, buttocks, ankles, legs and scrotum, along with defensive wounds to the child’s hands. Peterson then texted the boy’s mother, saying that one wound in particular would make her “mad at me about his leg. I got kinda good wit the tail end of the switch.”

. . .

According to police reports, the child, however, had a slightly different story, telling authorities that “Daddy Peterson hit me on my face.” The child also expressed worry that Peterson would punch him in the face if the child reported the incident to authorities. He also said that he had been hit by a belt and that “there are a lot of belts in Daddy’s closet.” He added that Peterson put leaves in his mouth when he was being hit with the switch while his pants were down. The child told his mother that Peterson “likes belts and switches” and “has a whooping room.”

The CBS Houston story has more alleged texts from Peterson to the mother of the child.

The photographs are worse than you think. Per the reporter of the story, the photographs in that CBS story were taken a week after the incident.

UPDATE19: The Vikings have deactivated Adrian Peterson for Sunday’s game.

UPDATE20: From Jay Glazer:

UPDATE21: Looks like the intuition about the nature of charges and intent are playing a role. Per @StephStradley:

It’s been said that a grand jury will indict a ham sandwich. Yep. But looks like Peterson’s lawyer involved early. Can help pre-indictment.

— Stephanie Stradley (@StephStradley) September 12, 2014

 

Legally, hardest part of Peterson’s defense will be age of child and negligence/reckless w/ a child that age. That will be prosecution focus

— Stephanie Stradley (@StephStradley) September 12, 2014

 

Translating my last tweet: Law looks at INTENT to cause bodily injury. Different mental states. This case, “negligent” or “reckless.”

— Stephanie Stradley (@StephStradley) September 12, 2014

 

Attn: followers of @mikefreemanNFL. Talking law stuff. “Bodily injury” is still serious in TX even if not called “Serious Bodily Injury”

— Stephanie Stradley (@StephStradley) September 12, 2014

 

State of mind of “reckless”/”negligence” easier to prove w/”serious bodily injury” (death risk/ disability) than “bodily injury” (still bad)

— Stephanie Stradley (@StephStradley) September 12, 2014

 

Can’t see a plea RT @TxAgSheepdog he has Rusty Hardin. The DAs office might as well try for a deal now bc their gonna get schooled in trial.

— Stephanie Stradley (@StephStradley) September 12, 2014

UPDATE22: More from the CBS story.

In an interview with Houston police, Peterson was very matter-of-fact and calm about the incident, appearing to believe he had done nothing wrong and reiterating how much he cared about his son and only used “whoopings” or “spankings” as a last resort. He offered up information that the police didn’t have and was incredulous when asked if some of the numerous wounds and marks on the child were from an extension cord, saying, “Oh, no, I’d never hit my child with an extension cord. I remember how it feels to get whooped with an extension cord. I’d never do that.”

Peterson also said, “Anytime I spank my kids, I talk to them before, let them know what they did, and of course after.” Peterson also expressed regret that his son did not cry – because then, Peterson said, he would have known that the switch was doing more damage than intended. He didn’t realize the “tip of the switch and the ridges of the switch were wrapping around [the child’s] legs.” Peterson also acknowledged that this was administered directly to the child’s skin and with the child’s pants pulled down.

Peterson later told police that the marks on his son’s buttocks were similar to the marks any of his other children get when he “spanks them with a switch,” but that the mark on the child’s leg from when the switch “wrapped around his thigh” was more severe than anything he had ever done in the past.

After the child returned home to Minnesota in late May, the mother took the son to his previously scheduled doctor appointment  and the doctor that examined the child said the injuries were consistent with child abuse and that it appeared the child had injuries from one incident involving a “switch” and another incident possibly involving a cord.

UPDATE23: The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office has a statement

On Thursday, September 11, 2014, a Montgomery County Grand Jury, “true billed”, Adrian Lewis Peterson on a charge of injury to a child. On today’s date at 2:47 PM, a warrant was issued and entered for the arrest of Adrian Peterson for that charge.

Since the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office has referred the case to the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office, and the investigation has led to a, “true bill”, on a criminal offense, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office will not discuss details in reference to the case or investigation.

At the time of this release, Adrian Peterson is not in custody at the Montgomery County Jail and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office does not have any details in the arrest of Adrian Peterson.

UPDATE24: Ben Goessling reports that Adrian’s lawyer says Peterson “will surrender” to authorities

UPDAYE25: In what is likely the final update for this specific post, Adrian has turned himself in and is in a Montgomery County jail, per Ryan Parker of the LA Times. He was then released after posting a $15,000 bond per Greg Rosenthal.

UPDATE26: I guess that wasn’t the last detail. Jay Glazer is reporting that the bond was $21,000. Generally the most reliable insider in the business, it might be prudent to go with his amount. The specific details are perhaps irrelevant but it’s good to strive for accuracy, even if in this case the detail doesn’t change much.

More to be summarized here as more information comes in.

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c.carterhof
c.carterhof
6 years ago

What the hell? This is messed up.

rb18
Reply to  c.carterhof
6 years ago

Well they need to go and arrest my 91 year old mother now and everyone else in the South 30 and older mothers because I got my A** tore up with a switch, so did my friends black and white, We turned out pretty well I might say. Sounds like a Witch Hunt, All out War on NFL players! Oh yes, they also Backhanded you for talking back. Although I moved to Southern California as a young adult, going back home, I find Southern kids still say yes maim and no sir! Witch Hunt. Media watch what and how you report things, you might be destroying people lives that may not deserve it.

fozz44
fozz44
6 years ago

How old is the son?

thisisbadbadbad
thisisbadbadbad
6 years ago

Arif, I don’t think it was his own son. I thought he had one son and one daughter, with his son tragically dying last year. TMZ is saying “Sources connected to Peterson tell us … the alleged victim is a male child from Minnesota who was visiting Adrian back in May at AP’s home in Texas. We’re told the child returned home to his mother in Minn. who noticed injuries and took the child to a doctor. A short time later, the doctor contacted authorities in Texas to report Adrian.”

thisisbadbadbad
thisisbadbadbad
Reply to  thisisbadbadbad
6 years ago

Upon researching his children more, it’s pretty murky. It doesn’t matter if the child is his son, the abuse was obviously bad enough that his mother felt it worth seeking medical care and reporting it.

thisisbadbadbad
thisisbadbadbad
Reply to  Arif Hasan
6 years ago

I don’t see where the linked local article says it is his son, nor does that station’s twitter say so. Also, of the the children we know about, none of them are 11. I think the oldest is 9.
I know you’re a good person, and I appreciate that you already have the best coverage of this issue and have carefully edited certain parts. I’m just saying don’t rush to sweep this under the rug by claiming it is parental discipline gone awry. Let’s at least let more facts come out before editorializing too much.

WTFVikesfan
WTFVikesfan
Reply to  Arif Hasan
6 years ago

KFAN says it was a child visiting from Minnesota, not his son.

WTFVikesfan
WTFVikesfan
Reply to  Arif Hasan
6 years ago

It will be interesting to see what is true. I think everybody is overreacting because of the Ray Rice stuff.

thisisbadbadbad
thisisbadbadbad
Reply to  Arif Hasan
6 years ago

Are there any other original sources saying it is his son other than Isiah Carey? Like, the NFL.com report is clearly re-reporting from others. TMZ has spoken to primary sources and is being intentionally agnostic.

thisisbadbadbad
thisisbadbadbad
Reply to  Arif Hasan
6 years ago

The NFL article reference’s Rapoport’s earlier tweet, but is from a different author. The only part of the NFL article that calls the child Adrian’s son is a re-report: “The source tells Rapoport the indictment involves the disciplining of one of his sons. The source says Peterson used a switch.” The part that “was confirmed to NFL Media” never says son.

CBS, also a re-report: “Ian Rapoport, a reporter with the NFL Network, tweeted that the charge stems from an incident in which Peterson disciplined his son with a branch.”

Dan T.
Dan T.
6 years ago

Awesome timing with the Ray Rice fallout going on right now. Whether he actually did anything or not he’s likely going to suspended by the league. Talk about a perfect opportunity for Goodell to show he can take action against a star player. I was just thinking yesterday how glad I was that whole Rice train wreck wasn’t hovering over our team. I sure hope this isn’t true. I don’t see AD as being a malicous child abuser, but I could actually see him being the type that would take the attitude that if he was disciplined that way it was still okay to do today. If that turns out to be the case this is going to get ugly quick.

peterplaysbass
peterplaysbass
6 years ago

I’m siding with Adrian until I am shown something substantial. This super-sucks.

WTFVikesfan
WTFVikesfan
6 years ago

Arif KFAN is reporting the the boy was a 11 year old Minneasota child visiting AD in Houston. He returned home with bruises on him. His mother took him to a doctor, and the doctor called Houston police.

WTFVikesfan
WTFVikesfan
Reply to  WTFVikesfan
6 years ago

Interesting to see witch story in real.

WTFVikesfan
WTFVikesfan
Reply to  Arif Hasan
6 years ago

Thanks Arif.

Whatevs
Whatevs
Reply to  WTFVikesfan
6 years ago

I’ve never read a Witch story that was real. The ones by Anne Rice were a fun read though.

thisisbadbadbad
thisisbadbadbad
6 years ago

Sorry Arif, not trying to give you too much trouble. Can you clarify the distinction that Texas law makes on child injury? The statue you linked to seems to cover both intentional and unintentional injury. “A person commits an offense if he intentionally, knowingly, recklessly, or with criminal negligence, by act or intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly by omission, causes….”

thisisbadbadbad
thisisbadbadbad
Reply to  Arif Hasan
6 years ago

Gotcha, thanks so much.

c.carterhof
c.carterhof
6 years ago
thisisbadbadbad
thisisbadbadbad
Reply to  Arif Hasan
6 years ago

TMZ is now going with 4 years old as well, “from multiple sources” instead of earlier CPS saying 11.

WTFVikesfan
WTFVikesfan
6 years ago

Arif, do you think the Vikings will let him play or sit him? Panthers player is still playing.

c.carterhof
c.carterhof
6 years ago

I don’t know WTF, but my guess is he won’t play. This is really, like Dan said, really bad timing. Not good AD, I do think sometimes a kid needs a whoopin’… But geez. Those pictures are not good.

WTFVikesfan
WTFVikesfan
Reply to  c.carterhof
6 years ago

Pictures don’t look good, but I had a belt used on me until I bled a few times. Also had wooden spoons used on me until they broke, and I am no worse for the wear.

marcmarc
marcmarc
Reply to  WTFVikesfan
6 years ago

Glad you’re o.k. Do you beat your kids? Would you beat a 4 year old?

c.carterhof
c.carterhof
Reply to  marcmarc
6 years ago

Do you?

WTFVikesfan
WTFVikesfan
6 years ago

ESPN is calling for the Vikings to sit or suspend AD.

Dan T.
Dan T.
6 years ago

I think he’s pretty screwed after reading that CBS report. He admitted to doing it so this isn’t a case of the woman potentially trying to blackmail him or something like that. He doesn’t think he did anything wrong and I’m guessing half the people out there will agree with him and the other half won’t. Total crapstorm for the Vikes. I could see them working out some sort of a mutual absence of leave type situation, but with Adrian not seeing anything wrong with what he did that might be a tough sell. We might see a suspension for conduct detrimental to the team for 4 games and maybe they try to do something like what they did with Cook where they continued to pay him in an attempt to keep the relationship on decent terms. Cook played with us for a couple years after that whole deal so I could see them going to that well again. Maybe the league takes it out of there hands.

WTFVikesfan
WTFVikesfan
6 years ago

Vikings deactivate AD.

CalVkg
CalVkg
6 years ago

wow. i come here and things are all blowed up. haven’t read up on this yet, but, just, wow

Purple Helmet
Purple Helmet
6 years ago

This team is a nightmare.

DenverD
DenverD
6 years ago

Hi Jerry Jones? This is Rick Spielman, remember when you told Adrian you would do what you could to make this happen? No, of course you don’t but hey listen … I;ve got a really good off…what’s that, a 5th rounder? Come on man, I … now it’s a 6th?! L…Ok ok DONE.

Vikadan11
Reply to  DenverD
6 years ago

Trade him to the Browns for 2022 3rd round pick before Goodell gets involved and bands AP for life ~ LOL ~

I believe that this is the topic that started the talks

Its really sad that AP thinks what he did is OK ~ He needs mental help ~

Worse for his son because he is scared he will come after him if he talks and punch him in the face ~

This is not a joke for me when I read the report ~ I hope AP is gone ASAP never to play again ~ This guy really needs help more than football and getting better is going to take up his time he wold use for football ~

cowboys suck
cowboys suck
6 years ago

Curious timing. Sounds like they are worried if they don’t charge him they will be investigated.. They are just covering their own butt. Sept 4 no indictment, Sept 12 indictment. I hope Peterson has peace in his time of trouble.

DenverD
DenverD
Reply to  cowboys suck
6 years ago

“According to police reports, the child, however, had a slightly different story, telling authorities that “Daddy Peterson hit me on my face.” The child also expressed worry that Peterson would punch him in the face if the child reported the incident to authorities. He also said that he had been hit by a belt and that “there are a lot of belts in Daddy’s closet.” He added that Peterson put leaves in his mouth when he was being hit with the switch while his pants were down. The child told his mother that Peterson “likes belts and switches” and “has a whooping room.”

Peterson also allegedly said via text message to the child’s mother that he “felt bad after the fact when I notice the switch was wrapping around hitting I (sic) thigh” and also acknowledged the injury to the child’s scrotum in a text message, saying, “Got him in nuts once I noticed. But I felt so bad, n I’m all tearing that butt up when needed! I start putting them in timeout. N save the whooping for needed memories!””

He’s basically endorsing child abuse and you wish him peace?

I’m over him. This team is about the young core, CP84, Teddy, McKinnon … Adrian may have four good years in this league, but I am over him. This East Texas, condoms are a sin but corporal punishment is acceptable is not cool by me. Paying him $14mm a year … Toby Gerhart may have been 80% of what AD is at a fraction of that price. We won’t cut him, or trade him unfortunately, I just hope he can stop fathering illegitimate children until he learns how to raise them.

He is darn lucky that he is not charged with assault.

peterplaysbass
peterplaysbass
Reply to  DenverD
6 years ago

Turn in your Vikings fan card. That was a shameful display. Adrian Peterson is one of the best things to ever happen to this team, and I stand with him. Even if he is found to have done something criminal and immoral, I am in his corner. I won’t condone the behavior, but I won’t abandon him.

c.carterhof
c.carterhof
Reply to  DenverD
6 years ago

Agree with Peter. C’mon Denverd…you’re over him?

Jesse
Jesse
6 years ago

I know its very early in this story (at least public released information) but I got that this feeling in the pit of my stomach that Adrian Peterson will never play another snap with the Vikings…I hope I am wrong.

I want the justice system to run its course and I hope AD will get defend himself and Hopefully I am wrong…but i just have this feeling, does anyone else have this same feeling?

Brett Anderson
Brett Anderson
Reply to  Jesse
6 years ago

Yes

Dan T.
Dan T.
Reply to  Jesse
6 years ago

Yup. He has already admitted that he was the one that did this and it’s shocking that he literally doesn’t seem to think he did anything wrong. He says his father used the same punishment on him…his father who spent a good amount of his life in jail mind you. I’m pretty disgusted right now, and not about the football side of this of losing one of the best players to ever wear a Vikings jersey. I thought this guy was one of the best human beings that was in the entire league and to see what he could do to a child without thinking he crossed the line is just rocking me at the moment. I’m probably jumping the gun a bit making a comment like that but there isn’t a lot of mystery to what happened here. It’s just crazy to think that a man that makes his living running over 300 lb defensive lineman wouldn’t stop to think that maybe he is using a little too much force on a 4 year old if he’s leaving marks like that.

DenverD
DenverD
6 years ago

This is four year child by the way, not the eleven that was initially reported. Not that it is ok with an 11 year old, but a four year old are you kidding me?

Norseman66
Norseman66
6 years ago

Two words: KA BOOOOOOM!

thisisbadbadbad
thisisbadbadbad
6 years ago

Arif, how do you still feel about this introductory part:
“…Peterson beat his young son (which may be an exaggeration for effect….”

Ulberht
Ulberht
6 years ago

It’s clear that under TX law, the punishment was excessive, but Peterson obviously didn’t see it that way. It doesn’t look like he made any attempt to hide anything, nor does it seem that he intended to harm the child to the extent that he did. This isn’t this even a new story (though most of us are just now hearing about it.) The only new twist is the indictment.

It sucks on many levels. I mean, WTF, right? I do think the team and the league will be more prone to knee-jerk reactions after the Ray Rice fiasco, but I hope they’ll let the legal process play out. He’s guilty until proven innocent, no matter how many people want to form a lynch mob. Given the testimony that he already gave to a grand jury, the case should be fairly straightforward.

c.carterhof
c.carterhof
6 years ago

Well damn. On the football side of things, here’s hoping Asiata plays up to that #44 he wears.

wtf spielman
wtf spielman
6 years ago

I say trade him quickly to the jags and get back the rb we should have never let go. TOBY GERHART. We should have never let him go. But got to do it quick before the NFL hits him with the hammer. If its true I hope he gets banned from the NFL. Child abuse is inexuseable. Right now I have no respect for ray rice at least his wife could get away.

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AD.AP
AD.AP
6 years ago

I understand how everyone can be disgusted about this. Peterson isn’t phased by this because this is how he was raised! Obviously I’m upset he would do something like this, but I wont hold it against him. He was raised in a different state by different parents and nobody was there to show him how to raise a child differently. The media and public are so quick to judge in this social media world. Yes, he should go to court, and have the law decide because that is PUNISHMENT in the United States and a way for him to learn, but to say he should be cut instantly, and lose his livelihood because he has been raised to treat his kids the only way he knows how to? Ignorance.

Vikadan11
6 years ago

I will be happy with Joe Banyard~Jerick McKinnon~Matt Asiata over having Zimmer getting hammered daily about every move AP makes ~ Even his bathroom breaks ~

After reading all of the reports I’m done being a AP fan ~ I want lie I was shocked when the news first broke ~ I thought no way this could be true ~ However it turns out its all true and most likely there are some things we will never know ~ Thanks worse than what we do know ~

Very sad day for me as a Vikings fan sense 1969 ~ But my feeling go out to the kid ~

Tony W
Tony W
6 years ago

I live in the UK, where corporal punishment is frowned upon quite heavily. I was on the receiving end of qute a few slaps when I was younger and I can honestly say I am not against using it as a form of punishment for a child. In th UK the idea of using a switch is abhorrent and would almost definitely be classed as child abuse immediately. However, I am not here to judge how different cultures discipline their children.

I have not been a Vikings fan for very long. I started following them in 2011, so I am yet to see any great success from them ignoring the playoff berth in 2012. However, during this period, even in the seasons where the Vikings ended up with a below 8-8 record, Adrian Peterson was an electric and exciting player to watch. He gave our franchise hope and meant we always had an ace up our sleeve and a trump card to ply. He was the only reason that ESPN would even mention us.

This latest development is devastating for the Vikings. We have built our franchise around Adrian Peterson and up until now he has been a role model and an icon that I would have actively encouraged my children to have idolised. The more information that comes to lght about this incident, the more I feel like the heart of the Vikings is being destroyed and I feel myself that there is nothing more that can be done. even if peterson does not face jail time, I cannot see how the Vikings can continue to employ him. Ever since the Love Boat Scandal, the Wilfs have put heavy emphasis on their players acting responsibly (ignoring recent drink and drug offences) and I cannot see how they can continue to portray their wholesome family team atmosphere with this hanging over the head of Adrian Peterson.

I feel that this has also derailed most of the optimism for this season. It will devastate the morale of the team and this is not something that Zimmer would have wanted going into only his second regular season game. Althought I will say that Peterson was not vital to our win against the Rams, his presence on the field always changes things. This is not something that we wanted. We did not need our star player and face of the franchise being deactivated just hours before we play one of the best teams in the NFL.

I, for one, still find it hard to believe that Peterson could have done this. The more I read, the more dumbfounded I become. I genuinely find it difficult to comprehend that he could have done this. but will i be burning my Peterson jersey? No I will not. It may stay in my wardrobe gathering dust for a while. but I will never forget how exciting Peterson made my first few years as a Viking fan. But I am a Vikings fan, and even if they release Peterson in the light of what hes done, my support will not waver.

Skol Vikings!

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6 years ago

[…] 2014 Minnesota Vikings: Adrian Peterson Indicted for Child Injury Arif Hasan, September 12, 2014 […]

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6 years ago

I posted the above link without copy, so it might have looked suspect. It’s not. I live in the area he was charged. This is a news story in which the Asst. DA addresses the case. Most notably, he says that the case was NOT no-billed as has been widely reported. It has appeared to one grand jury which ruled once. Also Brett Ligon’s (Montgomery County DA) office is pursuing an investigation with cooperating agencies to determine who leaked the photos, noting that it was very serious and faces criminal penalty.

Montgomery County aggressively prosecutes crimes against children.

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