Adrian Peterson to Plead Not Guilty in Court
Adrian Peterson doesn’t believe he abused his child, and he’s not going to admit to being guilty of it, either. Per reports, the Minnesota Vikings star running back is not expected to plead guilty to child abuse charges if the court asks him for a plea at Wednesday’s hearing.
Peterson has sat out of NFL action since week two of the 2014 season due to the chargers, and it looks like he and his lawyers would rather take the case to trial than roll over.
It’s debatable whether or not Peterson will win the case, although it’s been made known that if Peterson does end up taking any kind of a plea bargain, it would be at least partially admittance of guilt and would be followed up by punishment from the league. The Vikings, who deactivated Peterson in week two and then placed him on the league’s Exempt List the week after, could also hand down a punishment of their own.
Regardless of how the situation plays out, the 29-year old Peterson isn’t expected to return to Minnesota as a player this year, while his time with the Vikings could be through, altogether. Minnesota has seemingly cut ties with Peterson over the last several weeks, while further child abuse allegations and even fraud accusations have popped up since Peterson was initially indicted back in early September.
Peterson may still have a career to return to, but it won’t pick back up in 2014, per ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, who also suggests Peterson is probably done donning the purple uniform, as well.
If Peterson emerges from his various charges unscathed, however, he could easily find himself considering a variety of suitors as a free agent leading into the 2015 NFL season. The Dallas Cowboys could eventually top the list, as owner Jerry Jones created a ton of buzz in the off-season when he was rumored to have had a conversation with Peterson about finishing his career in his hometown state.
Football should be the last thing on Peterson’s mind at the moment, however.
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