The Minnesota Vikings star RB will pay a fine, do community service and serve two years probation after pleading no-contest to child-abuse charges.
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Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson pleaded no-contest today to misdemeanor reckless assault in connection with the whipping of his 4-year-old son. Afterwards he told reporters that he wants to leave this episode of his life behind him.
“I want to say I truly regret this incident. I stand here and I take full responsibility for my actions. I love my son more than any one of you can even imagine. I’m looking forward, and I’m anxious to continue my relationship with my child. I’m just glad this is over, I can put this behind me, and me and my family can begin to move forward,” Peterson said.
As part of the plea, Peterson must pay a $4,000 fine (roughly the amount of money he earns in several minutes of playing football), serving 80 hours of community service, taking parenting classes and spending two years on probation. If Peterson complies with all of that, this case will be cleared from his record.
Peterson was arrested in Texas this past September for beating his son with a switch to the point where he bled. After de-activating then briefly re-instating Peterson, Minnesota placed their former NFL MVP on the exempt list – essentially a paid leave of absence.
Whether or not the Vikings or even the NFL choose to re-instate Peterson now that he is essentially free to do as he pleases remains up for serious debate in the coming days and weeks.