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Another Accusation of Child Abuse Against Adrian Peterson

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On Monday, Sept. 15, KHOU-TV in Houston reported there is another allegation of child abuse against former OU running back and current Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson.

The station reported last year Peterson struck a different son than the one in which he has been indicted on child abuse charges, and the then 4-year-old boy suffered a scar on his forehead.

TMZ reported the injury was caused not by Peterson striking the child, but that the boy hit his head on a car seat while Peterson was punishing him.

The mother of the boy is also different from the one in the case pending against Peterson.

No charges were filed in the case, and Peterson’s attorney Rusty Hardin issued a statement Monday evening about the report:

The allegation of another investigation into Adrian Peterson is simply not true. This is not a new allegation, it’s one that is unsubstantiated and was shopped around to authorities in two states over a year ago and nothing came of it. An adult witness adamantly insists Adrian did nothing inappropriate with his son. There is no ongoing or new investigation.
-Rusty Hardin, lawyer for Adrian Peterson
The Minnesota Vikings also issued a statement on Monday night, saying they were aware of the allegation from a year ago.
Earlier Monday, Peterson was reinstated by the Vikings after being deactivated for last Sunday’s game against New England.
 
The Vikings say Peterson will play this Sunday vs. New Orleans.
 
Peterson also issued a statement earlier Monday, related to the case that is now pending against him:

“My attorney has asked me not to discuss the facts of my pending case. I hope you can respect that request and help me honor it. I very much want the public to hear from me but I understand that it is not appropriate to talk about the facts in detail at this time. Nevertheless, I want everyone to understand how sorry I feel about the hurt I have brought to my child.

I never wanted to be a distraction to the Vikings organization, the Minnesota community or to my teammates. I never imagined being in a position where the world is judging my parenting skills or calling me a child abuser because of the discipline I administered to my son.

I voluntarily appeared before the grand jury several weeks ago to answer any and all questions they had. Before my grand jury appearance, I was interviewed by two different police agencies without an attorney. In each of these interviews I have said the same thing, and that is that I never ever intended to harm my son. I will say the same thing once I have my day in court.

I have to live with the fact that when I disciplined my son the way I was disciplined as a child, I caused an injury that I never intended or thought would happen. I know that many people disagree with the way I disciplined my child. I also understand after meeting with a psychologist that there are other alternative ways of disciplining a child that may be more appropriate.

I have learned a lot and have had to reevaluate how I discipline my son going forward. But deep in my heart I have always believed I could have been one of those kids that was lost in the streets without the discipline instilled in me by my parents and other relatives. I have always believed that the way my parents disciplined me has a great deal to do with the success I have enjoyed as a man. I love my son and I will continue to become a better parent and learn from any mistakes I ever make.

I am not a perfect son. I am not a perfect husband. I am not a perfect parent, but I am, without a doubt, not a child abuser. I am someone that disciplined his child and did not intend to cause him any injury. No one can understand the hurt that I feel for my son and for the harm I caused him. My goal is always to teach my son right from wrong and that’s what I tried to do that day.

I accept the fact that people feel very strongly about this issue and what they think about my conduct. Regardless of what others think, however, I love my son very much and I will continue to try to become a better father and person.”

The National Football League has not made any decision on Peterson’s future status, and the Vikings reiterated Monday the decision to deactivate him last week, and reinstate him this week, was entirely theirs.