Update: Former Sooner star Adrian Peterson reaches plea deal on abuse charges
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Texas – A former Sooner running back and current Minnesota Vikings player reached a plea agreement with prosecutors related to child abuse charges.
According to NBC Sports, Adrian Peterson pleaded no contest to one count of misdemeanor reckless assault.
Peterson will pay a $4,000 fine, be placed on probation and perform 80 hours of community service.
Peterson was accused of reckless or negligent injury to a child after his 4-year-old son had marks on his body from a ‘switch.’
Peterson admits to punishing the boy, saying he experienced the same type of punishment as a child.
Analysts are wondering what this plea will mean for the NFL and the Minnesota Vikings.
So far, Peterson has missed eight games with the Minnesota Vikings with pay.
Unless the team or the NFL decides to suspend him for more than eight games, he may be reinstated for Minnesota’s next game against the Chicago Bears.
The mother of the child who was beaten says she agrees with the plea agreement.
In a statement released by the woman’s attorney, she says she and Peterson have “shared a parental relations for four years with a fun, beautiful little boy.”
She says she knows that Peterson loves their son and does not want his career to be harmed by this case.