In a week that was already horrendous for the National Football League when video surfaced of Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice striking his current wife Janay Palmer, another story has now caught national attention - this one involving top running back Adrian Peterson.
The Minnesota Vikings superstar Peterson has been indicted for child abuse. On Saturday, the AP reported that “Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was booked and released from a Texas jail on a child abuse charge early Saturday. Peterson was processed at the Montgomery County jail and released on $15,000 bond.”
Photos accompanying his indictment for admittedly beating the 4-year-old boy are graphic. They follow the account of what reportedly transpired, as reported by TMZ Sports:
4:12 PM PT — According to the police report, Peterson allegedly sent text messages to the child's mother saying he “felt bad” because he struck the kid in the testicles.
“Got him in the nuts once I noticed. But I felt so bad, n I'm all tearing that butt up when needed!” the text said.
Peterson allegedly sent a follow up text saying, “Never do I go overboard! But all my kids will know, hey daddy has he biggest heart but don't play no games when it comes to acting right.”
4:10 PM PT — According to the police report, the child told authorities he had also been hit by a belt and there were “a lot of belts in daddy's closet.”
The child also said AP had put leaves in his mouth when he was being struck and that his pants were down.
3:50 PM PT — The Vikings have deactivated Peterson for Sunday's game. [...]
3:00 PM PT — The police report on the case includes photos of cuts on the boy's thigh and hands. He also had bruises on his lower back and buttocks, and according to the report ... Peterson admitted punishing him.
**Here are the graphic photos included in the police report, as disclosed by TMZ Sports**
Adrian Peterson's lawyer Rusty Hardin released a statement on the NFL player's indictment:
“Adrian is a loving father who used his judgment as a parent to discipline his son. He used the same kind of discipline with his child that he experienced as a child growing up in east Texas. Adrian has never hidden from what happened. He has cooperated fully with authorities and voluntarily testified before the grand jury for several hours...
Adrian will address the charges with the same respect and responsiveness he has brought to this inquiry from its beginning. It is important to remember that Adrian never intended to harm his son and deeply regrets the unintentional injury.”
The NFL star posted the following message to his Instagram:
What do you think of the child abuse charges against Adrian Peterson, after having seen the photos?