Adrian Peterson Investigated For Second Child Abuse Case, Reportedly Cleared

by Michael Drahota | Posted on Monday, September 15th, 2014 | 0

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The unfortunate child abuse scandal of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson could potentially get a lot worse, as KHOU 11 News Houston has reported that Peterson is under investigation for beating and injuring another one of his sons:

The report said that Peterson allegedly hit one of his four-year-olds sons after he cursed at another child, inflicting a scar over the child’s right eye. The report stated that Peterson told the child’s mother about the incident with the following according to KHOU-TV:

Mother: “What happened to his head?”

Peterson: “Hit his head on the Carseat.”

Mother: “How does that happen, he got a whoopin in the car.”

Peterson: “Yep.”

Mother: “Why?”

Peterson: “I felt so bad. But he did it his self.”

According to the report, Peterson then goes on to say he was disciplining his son for cursing at a sibling, though how specifically the child was wounded wasn’t made clear.

Mother: “What did you hit him with?”

Peterson never directly answered, the report said, but later replied: “Be still n take ya whooping he would have saved the scare (scar). He aight (all right).”

Peterson’s arraignment for his original grand jury indictment was supposed to be this week, but the date was moved back to October 8 by his legal team.

The Vikings star was declared inactive for their Week 2 loss to the New England Patriots, but he was promptly reinstated by owners Zygi and Mark Wylf today. With the new allegations, they may be forced to reconsider that decision regardless of how bad they need him to win games.

Peterson’s discipline from the team was set to take place after the legal process ran its course, but a second case could provide a chain of habitual behavior that could see Peterson thrust into a hole that even a very rich and popular NFL star cannot dig out of.

It could all be a case of hitting a man while he’s down too. But the NFL should take swift and decisive action if another case of child abuse comes to light for Peterson.

They already look bad enough with their mishandling of the Ray Rice scandal, and the Vikings certainly didn’t do them any favors by reinstating Peterson for this weekend.

Perhaps the league should have decided for them, but’s become clear that no one really knows how this sad situation should be handled. And that’s a major problem that needs to be corrected sooner than later. Stay tuned to TSM Plug for more developments on the Peterson saga as they unfold.

*UPDATE* The child’s mother apparently reported the incident to Child Protective Services and Peterson was reportedly never charged by  according to TMZ.

Apparently Peterson’s discipline was not deemed “impermissible,” as parents are allowed to administer reasonable punishment to their children in Texas. The Vikings will reportedly not change Peterson’s playing status for Week 3, releasing the following statement via Sportscenter:

ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported on Facebook that Peterson’s lawyer Rusty Hardin was on hand to comment on the second set of allegations, refuting any validity:

Rusty Hardin, lawyer for Adrian Peterson: “The allegation of another investigation into Adrian Peterson is simply not true. The allegation is more than one year old and authorities took no action. An adult witness admittedly insists Adrian did nothing inappropriate with his son.”

In the wake of the abuse scandal, worldwide hotel chain Radisson has suspended its sponsorship of the Vikings.

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