The Minnesota Vikings announced Monday that running back Adrian Peterson will return to practices and meetings this week and is expected to play Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.
Peterson was deactivated for the Vikings' Week 2 game against the New England Patriots after he was indicted by a grand jury on charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child. Peterson was charged with one count of injury to a child and could be sentenced to as many as two years in state jail as well as a $10,000 fine. Probation is an option too.
"To be clear, we take very seriously any matter that involves the welfare of a child. At this time, however, we believe this is a matter of due process and we should allow the legal system to proceed so we can come to the most effective conclusions and then determine the appropriate course of action.”
- Vikings owners Zygi Wilf and Mark Wilf
According to law-enforcement sources, the Minnesota Vikings running back beat his 4-year-old son with a tree branch. The beating resulted in multiple injuries to the child including cuts and bruises to the back, buttocks, ankles, legs and scrotum, along with defensive wounds to the child’s hands.
Peterson then texted the boy’s mother, saying that one wound in particular would make her “mad at me about his leg. I got kinda good wit the tail end of the switch. 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!”
Hall of Fame receiver and ESPN analyst Cris Carter made a passionate speech about disciplining children and relating it to his own childhood on Sunday.
“This goes across all racial lines, ethnicity… People believe in disciplining their children,” Carter said on ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown. “People with any kind of Christian background they really believe in disciplining their children.”
Carter related the story to his mother, who raised seven children by herself. “My mom did the best that she could do … But there are thousands of things that I have learned since then that my mom was wrong.
“This is the 21st century; my mom was wrong… And I promise my kids I won’t teach that mess to them. You can’t beat a kid to make them do what you want them to do.”
Carter got increasingly emotional and his voice became passionate.
“The only thing I’m proud about is the team that I played for they did the right thing,” he said of the Vikings.
Uh oh. Time for another speech by Carter.