Another prominent player in the National Football League was charged with a violent crime Friday, capping an embarrassing week for the league that has faced unrelenting criticism of its handling of domestic violence cases.
The latest incident will have a direct impact on the Patriots. Adrian Peterson, a standout running back for the Minnesota Vikings, was indicted Friday by a grand jury in Montgomery County, Texas, on charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
Peterson, one of the best running backs in the NFL, was deactivated by the Vikings for Sunday’s game against the Patriots in Minneapolis. He has been at the top of the Patriots’ scouting reports all week.
According to radio station KILT in Houston, which obtained the police report, Peterson acknowledged that he “whooped” his 4-year-old son while the child was visiting him in May. The station reported that when the child returned to Minnesota, his mother took him to a doctor, with the boy saying that Peterson had hit him with a tree branch.
The Peterson indictment comes at a sensitive, controversial time for the NFL. The week began with running back Ray Rice being suspended indefinitely by the league — and released by the Baltimore Ravens — on Monday after a videotape showed him knocking his then-fiancée unconscious in an elevator at an Atlantic City casino in February.
Vikings star Adrian Peterson indicted on felony charge of injury to a child
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