The Minnesota Vikings say running back Adrian Peterson will fully practice this week and play Sunday against New Orleans. The former NFL MVP was deactivated for Sunday's loss to New England after being indicted late last week on charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child.
Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf issued a statement saying the decision to have Peterson practice and play this week is about due process and not rushing to judgment. They added that Friday's move to deactivate Peterson was in the best interest of the Vikings at that time and they are taking this matter very seriously. The NFL will also review Peterson's case as it relates to the league's personal conduct policy.
The former NFL MVP released a statement today saying he wants to share his story with the public, but has been advised not to talk about the facts of a pending legal case. Peterson did say that he never intended to harm his son while disciplining him and that he has spoken to a psychologist about alternative ways of disciplining a child that may be more appropriate. He adds that he is not a perfect son, husband or parent, but he is, without a doubt, not a child abuser. Peterson says no one can understand the hurt that he feels for his son and the harm he caused him. He says his goal is always to teach his son right from wrong and that is what he tried to do that day.
The star running back is accused of spanking his four-year old son with a tree branch, leaving the boy with bruises and cuts on his back and legs.
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