(Yahoo!) In an interview with USA Today, suspended Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Petersonsays he never will use a switch again and that he thinks he might need a fresh start elsewhere once his NFL career resumes.
Peterson expressed remorse about the way he disciplined his 4-year-old child, which brought charges in Texas, caused Peterson to be placed on the NFL's exempt list and — following a plea deal in the case — a suspension for the remainder of the 2014 NFL season, through at least next April 15.
"I won't ever use a switch again," Peterson said. "There's different situations where a child needs to be disciplined as far as timeout, taking their toys away, making them take a nap. There's so many different ways to discipline your kids."
His status with the Vikings is unknown. The team said it supported the league's suspension of Peterson and did not comment further. Peterson suggested in the interview that it might be time for a new team.
"I would love to go back and play in Minnesota to get a feel and just see if my family still feels comfortable there," Peterson said. "But if there's word out that hey, they might release me, then so be it. I would feel good knowing that I've given everything I had in me."
In the letter explaining the discipline — which has set off a war between the NFL and NFLPA, which is supporting Peterson's case with an appeal — league commissioner Roger Goodell said Peterson showed no remorse. But Peterson does want people to know how bad he feels.
"No one knows how I felt when I turned my child around after spanking him and seeing what I had left on his leg," Peterson said. "No one knows that Dad sat there and apologized to him, hugged him and told him that I didn't mean to do this to you and how sorry I was.
"I love my son. I love my kids, my family. Like I said after I took the misdemeanor plea, I take full responsibility for my actions. I regret the situation. I love my son more than any one of you could even imagine."
Is this a public-relations move by the Peterson camp? No doubt. But is it possible that Peterson is trying to do right after admittedly not originally seeing the wrong in his heinous acts? Of course.
In continuing on the remorse theme, Peterson knows he eventually will meet with Goodell, the one man right now who holds his fate in hands — even if the union protests this, and is pleading for a neutral arbiter in the case.
"Ultimately, I know I'll have my opportunity to sit down with Roger face to face, and I'll be able to say a lot of the same things that I've said to you," Peterson said. "Don't say that I'm not remorseful, because in my statement, I showed that I was remorseful. I regretted everything that took place. I love my child, more than anyone could ever imagine."
Peterson almost certainly will get another chance in the NFL, whether it's in Minnesota or elsewhere. But he first must convince Goodell and either his current team or a new one that he has learned from his mistakes.
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