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Adrian Peterson suspended for season without pay amid child abuse allegations

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(CNN) — Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson learned Tuesday he will be suspended without pay for the rest of the 2014 NFL season, according to an NFL statement.

He will not be reinstated before April 15 because he violated the league’s personal conduct policy “in an incident of abusive discipline that he inflicted on his four-year-old son last May,” the league said.

Peterson was accused of using a branch, or switch, to spank his son. His lawyer said the NFL player has cooperated with authorities and “used his judgment as a parent to discipline his son.”

Attorney Rusty Hardin has said Peterson regrets the incident but never intended to harm the boy.

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