PIX11 NOW: Get PIX11 News and weather on Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire and Amazon Alexa

Attorney: Adrian Peterson indicted on child abuse charges

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.
Peterson used "his judgement as a parent to discipline his son," according to his attorney. (Photo: Getty Images)

Peterson used “his judgement as a parent to discipline his son,” according to his attorney. (Photo: Getty Images)

(AP) — The Minnesota Vikings benched Adrian Peterson for Sunday’s game after his attorney said he had been indicted by a Texas grand jury on a charge of child abuse.

Attorney Rusty Hardin says the charge accuses Peterson of using a branch, or switch, to spank his son. He says Peterson has cooperated with authorities and “used his judgment as a parent to discipline his son.” Hardin says Peterson regrets the incident but never intended to harm the boy.

The Vikings say Peterson will not be active for Sunday’s home game against New England.

The allegations come during a week in which the NFL has been under heavy scrutiny for the way it handled a domestic violence case involving former Ravens running back Ray Rice and his then-fiancee.

3 comments

Comments are closed.