The Minnesota Vikings decided to reinstate running back Adrian Peterson after Sunday’s (Sept. 14) game, in wake of child abuse charges. He was indicted by a grand jury on charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child on Friday (Sept. 12)… for disciplining his child earlier in the year, using a “switch” to spank him.
The NFL star apologized for incident in a statement on Monday (Sept. 15) saying he was sorry for “the hurt I have brought to my child”, adding that he did not intend to harm his son, and is, “without a doubt, not a child abuser.”
In the statement, which was released through Peterson’s agency, he said he disciplined his child in the same way his parents disciplined him and credited that discipline with keeping him out of trouble as a child.
“I have learned a lot and have had to reevaluate how I discipline my son going forward,” Peterson said in the statement. “But deep in my heart I have always believed I could have been one of those kids that was lost in the streets without the discipline instilled in me by my parents and other relatives. I have always believed that the way my parents disciplined me has a great deal to do with the success I have enjoyed as a man. I love my son and I will continue to become a better parent and learn from any mistakes I ever make.
“I am not a perfect son. I am not a perfect husband. I am not a perfect parent, but I am, without a doubt, not a child abuser,” he continued. “I am someone that disciplined his child and did not intend to cause him any injury. No one can understand the hurt that I feel for my son and for the harm I caused him. My goal is always to teach my son right from wrong and that’s what I tried to do that day.”