Vikings “gathering information” on Adrian Peterson indictment

AP

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been indicted in Texas for reckless or negligent injury to a child, which means that he’ll need to turn himself over to authorities.

That puts his status for Sunday’s game against the Patriots in doubt, although the Vikings didn’t address it in a short statement released on Friday afternoon.

“The Vikings are in the process of gathering information regarding the legal situation involving Adrian Peterson. At this time, we will defer further questions to Adrian’s attorney Rusty Hardin,” the statement reads.

Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reports that the team is meeting to determine his playing status for Sunday. Given the nature of the indictment and the current atmosphere in the NFL, it wouldn’t be surprising if the Vikings opted to go without Peterson this Sunday but there’s a long time for more developments to arise between now and kickoff.

80 responses to “Vikings “gathering information” on Adrian Peterson indictment

  1. 6 Games, for starters. He is scum. Never even met his son that died. His records can’t hide the person that he really is.

  2. Coach Bill was seen leaving a nearby neighbors of Peterson’s with a video camera and a Grey cut-off hoody.

  3. My concern is that the State of Texas is viewing this as abuse rather than discipline. I’m a huge Peterson fan, but if TEXAS thinks he went too far then I’m a little worried. I mean, it’s Texas for Christ’s sake.

  4. It’s the weekend so even if he turns himself in he wouldn’t be able to get out of jail until Monday am I right?

  5. If Rice is indefinitely suspended and he isn’t then you explain that to me. Love to hear the reasoning. Still wondering how Hardy isn’t. They have no idea what they are doing right now. That’s what I think.

  6. The commish might just resign after this week. Take up something easier, like being a prison guard.

  7. Yes, I realize the last 3 are measly fines. But 10 of 11 headlines on the pft home page are negative. Has to be a record.

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    ADRIAN PETERSON’S INDICTMENT FOR SWATTING SON WITH A SWITCH

    REPORT: ADRIAN PETERSON INDICTED, CHARGED WITH RECKLESS OR NEGLIGENT INJURY TO A CHILD

    JOSH GORDON’S STATUS STILL UNCLEAR UNDER NEW POLICY

    REVISED DRUG POLICY WILL HAVE VARIOUS NEW FEATURES

    GREG HARDY WON’T BE CUT BY PANTHERS

    FLETCHER COX DRAWS $16,537 FINE FOR HIT OF CHAD HENNE

    CHRIS CONTE FINED $22,050 FOR HIT AGAINST BILLS

    JARVIS JENKINS, BASHAUD BREELAND EACH FINED $16,537

    WES WELKER CLEARS CONCUSSION PROTOCOL, AWAITS NEW DRUG DEAL

  8. Does AP have a drinking problem? He seems to get himself into lots of bad situations! Getting arrested in bars, drunk dialing Jerry Jones, impregnating half the females in this country, beating your son with a switch, are we starting to notice a pattern here? And im a vikes fan

  9. Spare the child and spoil the rod!

    What did the kid do, tell dad he wanted to be in the NFL when he grew up?

  10. Gotta love the idiots going “It was alright for my parents to beat me when I was a kid, so this is no problem!”

    Yeah, and it used to be “alright” for husbands to beat their wives for pretty much any reason. And it used to be alright to burn someone at the stake if you called them a witch.

    It’s called the evolution of society. Just because you’re a neanderthal who thinks beating kids is an acceptable form of discipline doesn’t mean it’s ok.

  11. Parent: Don’t do that son. It’s wrong. And disrespectful.

    Child: Oh yeah? Whatcha gonna do if I don’t listen?

    Parent: …..call the police?

  12. Everyone keep in mind that this IS domestic violence. Where does he stand in the 6 game suspension???

  13. In Teddy We Trust says: Sep 12, 2014 5:44 PM

    Reports are saying there were visual injuries. Not sure what that means, but if you’re hitting your kid hard enough to cause visible injuries, you’re not doing it right.
    ——————————————————

    Puckie! You can scratch yourself with your fingernail and leave a visible injury.

  14. Everyone blasting AP right now is exactly what’s wrong with this country. The man disciplined his own child–using a switch, which many of us have gotten plenty of times. We’ve become such wussies, it’s so sad and pathetic.

  15. If Peterson admits guilt, proven guilty in a court of law not the court of public opinion), or there is video of him doing what he is accused of, then I will be the first to say he is a piece of trash like Rice is and deserves the sane treatment that Rice got.

    Until (and if) that happens, he should be allowed to continue playing.

  16. @uncommon: you nailed it. If the state of Texas thinks it was bad…then it was bad.

    Maybe instead of beating women and children, NFL running backs should try keeping their damned hands to themselves. Just a thought.

  17. The Average NFL Player: “OK, I can’t punch you with my fist, and I can’t use a switch — damn it, just what CAN I hit you with?!?”

  18. I guess it’s 1840 and we all live in Dodge City now. No, it’s not ok to beat your child, your wife, or your girlfriend. I doubt a simple spanking would result in serious charges and an indictment. We’re talking about an NFL athlete taking it to an 11 year old boy. That is sickening. Anyone who abuses a child should not be defended in any manner. They are scum and should be treated as such.

  19. Ok then Patriots… we will put Cordarrelle Patterson in the backfield…350 yards on 16 carries….

  20. just shut this league down, the media now runs it. This will only get bigger and bigger as we go. it’s over folks. those who have been saying football is gone in 10 years may have underestimated the growing snowball.

    She gone

  21. This country has gotten so soft. I don’t believe in corporal punishment being used all the time with kids, but there are times that merit it and unless he beat the kid seriously this should not be any issue at all.

    I got spanked a handful of times in my childhood and I learned each lesson related to those spankings quite well and never repeated the offenses that pissed my father off to the point of doing so.

    No wonder most of the kids in this country are such self entitled weenies.

  22. I like everyone rushing to say that this is completely wrong. We don’t know how old the child was. The older I got, Mom or Dad spanking me with their hand no longer worked so they turned to yard sticks/spoons/belts/etc. And I’m not sure “evolution” a going away from disciplining children is a good thing. I’ve seen 1st hand how non-disciplined children act and they could use a spanking every now and then. Spanking (with or without switch) doesn’t necessarily constitute abuse. Also a point that is being severely under reported is this, from click2houston.com, “The charges were recently re-filed by the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office and the grand jury accepted them, his attorney said.” They had to refile, this means the 1st grand jury saw fit not to indict.

  23. Man this NFL should be a reality show! Wait a minute …

    Uncommon1 was right. Texas is another country (and I do not mean that negatively) so good luck Adrian.

  24. Unreal… everyone that thinks this is OK behavior needs a reality check. Go out and find the excerpts of the police report… it happened in May and he has been under investigation since then. He physically abused a four year old with a tree branch… lacerations and bruises from the lower back all the way down to the back of the knees. The pics are nuts, looks like this kid was cut with a knife… There beeter not be any plea deal… felony child abuse, nothing less.

  25. Video has surfaced of Washington franchise players using the term “Redskins” and wearing a helmet sporting an image of a Native American in headdress.

  26. Perfect timing. Why is this just coming to light now? Because Belichick is desperate for a win and he needs something to either wipe out Petersen or distract the Vikings focus and game planning.
    This is one of BB’s best subterfuge efforts and everyone at the cheese factory is smiling. Houston Police Dept timed this very well. Yes they accept PayPal.
    Probable non-issue. He hit his son with a switch. Where is our vaunted Commish on this outrageous matter?

  27. You throw out the terms ‘idiots’ and ‘neanderthals’ because you believe you comprehend ‘The evolution of society’?

    You’re not an intellectual. You’re just naive.

    You’re that guy that gets popped one and then goes into shock thinking…’but you’re not allowed to do that!’

    I hope you never need to protect someone. Or at least date a strong woman.

  28. I think people need to calm down. First, an indictment can mean nothing. As the saying goes, “You can indict a ham sandwich” is true. It could be motivated by a lot of things, and often it is political. For all anyone knows he gave his kid a swat and an angry ex girlfriend went ballistic and thought it was perfect timing for some revenge.

    We don’t know, and speculation is worthless.

    We’ll find out in due time and if it is nonsense a judge will toss it out. If not, it will move forward. But just because someone is indicted doesn’t mean a whole lot.

  29. Shouldn’t we be asking for his head on a platter like Ray Rice? Why haven’t the Vikes terminated his contract yet under the new domestic violence policy?? Should be interesting to see how the punishment is dished out in the NFL sliding scale of policy given his status and production ability are much greater than Rice..

    It’s all domestic violence.. Punch a wife, whip a kid…

    Oh wait… Was there a video? No video.. Must a acquit..

  30. 11 yrs old and AD beats him with a flexible rod while he is visiting his Dad in MN and the mom sees bruises on him when he returns and takes him to authorities in TX. Bruises from a switch? Something isn’t adding up right. This is his form of punishment? It’s a slippery slope to govern how someone raise their own.

    That being said, you abuse a child then you are scum. He should be held to the domestic assault policy then and get 6 games and if he does it again banned.

    Not sure if this is abuse or discipline because if it’s abuse then every school teacher and parent from when I was young should be in jail.
    If the child has mental complications as the result of this though then it could be abuse. What did he do to get the belt? Try getting hit by a paddle or a stick or a shoe. Todays kids are soft as marshmallows.

    Anyway AD, if you abused a child you deserve punishment, and that’s a big if right now.

  31. Considering that corporal punishment is legal in Texas schools and he was indicted for injury to a child it must be more that a crack on the butt. Beat a kid then play ball?

  32. What the hell are you talking about?! The kid in question is 11 years old according to everything I have read. No pictures have been leaked to the public, so how do you know what the kids injuries look like?! This how people are found guilty in the court of public opinion before one fact has been heard in a court of law. Keep your assumptions to yourself and get your facts straight!

    kvnhlstd says: Sep 12, 2014 6:04 PM

    Unreal… everyone that thinks this is OK behavior needs a reality check. Go out and find the excerpts of the police report… it happened in May and he has been under investigation since then. He physically abused a four year old with a tree branch… lacerations and bruises from the lower back all the way down to the back of the knees. The pics are nuts, looks like this kid was cut with a knife… There beeter not be any plea deal… felony child abuse, nothing less.

  33. The pic of the boy is bad. AP straight beat him. You would think after his other son was literally beaten to death by another man something like this would never happen. What a POS!

  34. No you cannot indict a ham sandwich. An indictment is very serious. If we see what the dictionary says is the definition of indictment is we find it is very serious indeed:

    in·dict·ment
    inˈdītmənt/
    noun
    1. a formal charge or accusation of a serious crime.
    “an indictment for conspiracy”

  35. First, I’d like to see video of this before anyone calls this child abuse.

    You can run your fingernail across your arm, or scratch your butt wrong, and get scratched up.

    This is what’s wrong with society now. Why there are kids carrying guns into schools and shooting them up. No DISCIPLINE at home! So as long as he didn’t overdo it, kudos to AP for having discipline!

    My dad used a 2″ diameter plastic hose! Twice I got it with that, and let me tell you, the first time, it was probably 8 or so swipes across the buttocks, and I was black and blue… took about 5 years before I did something stupid again! Got that same plastic hose… Needless to say, that was the last time! That was the end of misbehaving! And to this day, i’m grateful for those whoopings! It kept me on the straight and narrow.

  36. Just saw the first real information and pictures at a website. The boy is 11 and Peterson took a switch to him and left marks. I believe (as I think most rational people do) in corporal punishment, but I do not believe it should leave marks on a child. By the way, it also adds that a first jury looked at the evidence and failed to indict him. I think this probably should be a learning experience for Adrian.

  37. mattblairfan59 says:Sep 12, 2014 6:15 PM

    What the hell are you talking about?! The kid in question is 11 years old according to everything I have read. No pictures have been leaked to the public, so how do you know what the kids injuries look like?! This how people are found guilty in the court of public opinion before one fact has been heard in a court of law. Keep your assumptions to yourself and get your facts straight!

    I guess it is safe to say that you do not know how to research a subject. The pics and the story are all over the internet… along with excerpts of the police report. In the future please do your homework before you spot off… it makes you look like an idiot.
    P.S. Peterson admits to “whooping” the kid, its past court of public opinion.

  38. “My old man beat me with a belt all the time, and I totally deserved it.

    It was common, especially in the south and rural midwest. But so was wife beating, drunken driving, littering. In the 70s, before MADD, drunk driving was very common. People drank while they drove, and although it was a crime, it was an offense about on the level of speeding. You might have gotten a ticket, but usually were let go and told to drive straight home. Drunk driving was normal, and people that complained, a lot, about MADD. there was a lot of opposition to it and people talking about “freedom” and “what is this country coming to when you can’t even drink a beer like a man while you drive”.

    The same with littering. Before the anti-littering campaigns in the 70s, it was mormal for people to throw their trash out the car window or on the street. I remember the drainage ditches along the sides of highways full to the brim with beer cans, pop cans, McDonalds bags. Most people just threw their trash on the ground, that was normal. People complained about the “damn liberal tree huggers”.

    It was also normal and acceptable to many that a man had the right to beat his wife. When the film “The Burning Bed” made it a mainstream issue and laws were strengthened to make domestic violence a felony, some people said the same things about “what is this country coming to, ” damn feminists”.

    Same with Civil Rights, Child Labor, and virtually every other social improvement. There are always mindless authoritarians who complain and support the “traditional” stance of “My Daddy did it, and you’re saying it’s wrong and that my Daddy was wrong.” Yeah, beating your wife is wrong, drunk driving is wrong, throwing your trash out the window is wrong, beating your kid is wrong.

    Beating your kid isn’t discipline, it’s just the only way some people know how to deal with kids. Authoritarian parenting creates authoritarian personalities.

    In regards to child development, the formation of the authoritarian type occurs within the first few years of the person’s life, strongly shaped by the parents and family structure. “Hierarchical, authoritarian, exploitative” parent-child relationships may result in this personality type (Adorno et al., 1950, pp. 482–484). Parents who have a need for domination, and who dominate and threaten the child harshly, and demand obedience to conventional behaviors with threats, foster the characteristics of this personality. In addition, the parents have a preoccupation with social status, and communicate this to the child in terms of rigid and externalized rules. The child then suffers from suppressed feelings of resentment and aggression towards the parents, who are instead, idealized with reverence.

  39. mattblairfan59 says:Sep 12, 2014 6:15 PM

    What the hell are you talking about?! The kid in question is 11 years old according to everything I have read. No pictures have been leaked to the public, so how do you know what the kids injuries look like?! This how people are found guilty in the court of public opinion before one fact has been heard in a court of law. Keep your assumptions to yourself and get your facts straight!

    Are these facts straight enough for you MattBlair59… Do you feel stupid now…..

    The report says Peterson grabbed a tree branch, removed the leaves and struck the 4-year-old repeatedly.

    The child’s injuries reportedly included cuts and bruises to the child’s back, buttocks, ankles, legs and scrotum, along with defensive wounds to the child’s hands. According to the report, Peterson texted the boy’s mother and acknowledged what he had done and that she would be “mad at me about his leg. I got kinda good wit the tail end of the switch.”

    Peterson also allegedly texted the child’s mother that he “felt bad after the fact when I notice the switch was wrapping around hitting I [sic] thigh. . . . Got him in nuts once I noticed. But I felt so bad, n I’m all tearing that butt up when needed! I start putting them in timeout. N save the whooping for needed memories!”

    According to the report, the child told authorities, “Daddy Peterson hit me on my face” and said he feared Peterson would punch him in the face if he found out police knew about the incident.

  40. Socital expectations have changed since I was a kid….I had the belt taken to my backside more than once. I knew when my Mom told me, “get the belt” what was going to happen.
    I can tell you that as a result of being disciplined, I am not suffering long term effects.
    I am not saying that what was done by Mr Peterson was right….I am not saying it was wrong. I dont know.
    There’s a fine line to be drawn between discipline & abuse.
    IMO there is nothing wrong with some (limited) corpral punishment.
    That said, I will say is, I will wait till the eveidence comes out.

  41. Beating a child with a tree branch is child abuse. Child abuse is 100 times worse then what Ray Ray did to his gal pal. putting cuts on a child is not punishment,,,its aggravated battery.

  42. Another viking scandal. I knew it would not be long after the vikings Kluwe scandal got resolved that there would be another.

    This is not a very big scandal by viking standards.

    One of Peterson’s other offspring died from child abuse recently and now we find him whipping a little 4 year old toddler with a switch until multiple hematomas developed.

    Is giving a little 4 year old multiple lashes with a switch during child visitation reasonable under Texas law? We’ll see.

    There will be more about Peterson’s behavior that lead to his indictment and arrest coming out over time.

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