Adrian Peterson hopes to be reinstated by the NFL in time for the free agency period so he can pursue a new team if cut.
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has reportedly enrolled in both psychological and parental counseling programs in order to regain custody of his son.
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According to the report by Brian Murphy of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Peterson will take part in a four-month program for psychological counseling and parenting supervision.
Peterson was indicted on child abuse charges in Texas back in September for allegedly hitting his 4-year-old son with a switch until he reportedly bled from his backside.
The Minnesota Vikings placed Peterson on the Commissioner’s Exempt list, which paid him his full salary for the 2014 season without having to keep him on the 53-man roster.
After several months of legal proceedings, Peterson pleaded no contest to misdemeanor reckless assault for the incident which took place during a May visit to his house outside of Houston and was sentenced to two years’ probation.
He will be required to report monthly to Montgomery County probation officials and submit to drug testing as part of 17 conditions he must fulfill to have his conviction expunged from his record.
Peterson was suspended by the NFL for the rest of the 2014 season after the plea was reached, and he is appealing the suspension with the help of the NFL Player’s Association (NFLPA).
“He is doing what he’s supposed to do, and we’re hopeful once that has been completed he will be able to go back to playing (football),” Peterson’s attorney Emily Cooper said.
Peterson and the NFLPA hope to get the suspension overturned in time for the March free agency period.