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Former NFL MVP Adrian Peterson indicted for child abuse

Peterson allegedly hit his son with a tree branch.

This is the second abuse scandal to hit the NFL in recent times.
This is the second abuse scandal to hit the NFL in recent times.
Image: Associated Press

NFL STAR ADRIAN Peterson will sit out his team’s next game after he was indicted on charges of child abuse, the Minnesota Vikings announced Friday.

The emerging scandal comes as the sport reels from the uproar caused by a surveillance video of former Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice brutally punching the woman who is now his wife in a hotel elevator.

The charges against Peterson were in connection with disciplining his four-year-old son.

The Vikings running back allegedly hit the boy with a tree branch as a form of discipline over the summer.

The punishment allegedly resulted in multiple injuries to the boy, Houston’s CBS radio 650 said.

The former league most valuable player was summoned by a grand jury in Texas, his lawyer said, reportedly on charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child.

The Vikings said it was “in the process of gathering information regarding the legal situation,” deferring questions to Peterson’s lawyer Rusty Hardin.

Hardin acknowledged that the six-time Pro Bowl honoree was the subject of an investigation and said he has been cooperating with officials.

“Adrian is a loving father who used his judgment as a parent to discipline his son,” Hardin said, noting the player had also been spanked himself as a child.

“Adrian has never hidden from what happened. He has cooperated fully with authorities and voluntarily testified before the grand jury for several hours,” the lawyer said.

“It is important to remember that Adrian never intended to harm his son and deeply regrets the unintentional injury.”

Peterson turned himself in to Texas authorities early Saturday morning. He was booked into the Montgomery County, Texas jail around 1:06 am local time. He has been charged with one count of reckless or negligent injury to a child, and his bond was set at $15,000.

Peterson’s other son, a two-year-old, died in South Dakota 11 months ago after allegedly being assaulted by a boyfriend of the child’s mother.

It was only a couple months before the boy’s death that Peterson had learned he was his father.

Peterson, who is in his eighth NFL season, was deactivated from Sunday’s home opener against the New England Patriots.

He is one of the top running backs of all-time, rushing for 10,115 yards in his first seven years in the league.

Peterson ran for 75 yards on 21 carries in Minnesota’s season opener last week, a 34-6 win at St. Louis. He ran for 1,266 yards and 10 touchdowns last season.

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