Adrian Peterson Charged With Child Abuse
The Minnesota Vikings will be without star running back Adrian Peterson for week two, as Peterson deals with recent child abuse charges. Peterson was deactivated for Minnesota’s week two battle with the New England Patriots, and it is unknown if and/or when he will rejoin the team as an active player.
Peterson’s lawyer confirmed that he has in fact been indicted for “reckless or negligent injury to a child. Per a statement released by Peterson’s lawyer, Peterson “never hid” from the accusations and apparently has been open about the fact that he used a “switch” to discipline one of his children.
The news comes at the wrong time, as the NFL is still knee-deep in litigation over Ray Rice’s domestic abuse incident that was caught on tape.
Peterson’s situation is much different, but still involves abuse. It is unclear how the NFL currently does or will view Peterson’s situation. The Minnesota Vikings released the final statement on Friday evening:
“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.”
Peterson is currently in his age-29 season and eight season with the Vikings – the only NFL team he’s ever played for. Drafted in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft, Peterson has been a noble member of the Vikings and National Football League and has had no other domestic abuse run-ins during his near-decade long pro football career.
One of the more respected players in Minnesota and the league, Peterson was looking at yet another successful season and rushed for 75 yards in Minnesota’s week one win over the St. Louis Rams.
With Peterson deactivated for at least the second week of the season, the Vikings will reportedly roll with backup Matt Asiata as the main starter in the offensive backfield. Rookie running back Jerick McKinnon is expected to rotate in behind Asiata.
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