Adrian Peterson Speaks Out For The First Time Since His Indictment ‘I Am…Not A Child Abuser’

Minnesota Vikings running back, Adrian Peterson is speaking out for the first time since his child injury indictment last Friday. Peterson says that he is 'sorry' for what happened to his 4-year old son, but is sticking to the story that he is only repeating the ways in which he was raised in Texas. Peterson released the following statement, after he was reinstated by the Vikings to play Week 3. 
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.

Regardless of what is happening the Vikings are standing by their MVP, "We feel strongly as an organization this is disciplining a child," Vikings GM Rick Spielman said on Monday.  As mentioned above, Peterson has returned to practice, team activities, and WILL play Week 3 in New Orleans against the Saints. Many are saying that a trial may not happen until 2015, well after the NFL season has concluded, but will this continue to weigh on the mind of Peterson for the rest of the season? Will this be a distraction for the team? Whether your answer is 'yes' or 'no', Peterson is standing by his own morals that he did nothing wrong and the Vikings are standing by their man. With all of the turmoil in the NFL in the last week, I wonder what kind, if any, punishment the NFL and Rodger Goodell are going to bring down on Peterson? Your Jersey Girlfriend, Marcelle English    

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