Adrian Peterson Will Enter Not Guilty Plea On Wednesday

by Michael Drahota | Posted on Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 | 0

Adrian Peterson

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been out of action since he was declared inactive in early September following the finding he had been indicted by a Texas grand jury on charges of child abuse.

Peterson was promptly reactivated by the team following their Week 2 blowout loss to the New England Patriots, but the team was quick to admit their mistake and suspended Peterson indefinitely in the face of massive public backlash. The longtime Viking was to be inactive until his legal proceedings surrounding the touchy subject were cleared up.

Peterson was to enter a plea tomorrow (Wed., October 8, 2014), leaving a small window of hope that he could potentially still play this year if he entered into a plea bargain. However, apparently that is not going to be the case, as ESPN’s Ben Goessling reported that Peterson’s lawyer Rusty Hardin emphatically declared that his client would be entering a pea of not guilty:

It’s not surprising news from Hardin, as Peterson willingly turned himself in and admitted to the committing the acts he has been accused of, believing it only to be the hard form of discipline that he grew up with in Texas. But there’s a very, very fine line between discipline and abuse, and the grand jury is alleging that Peterson overstepped these boundaries when he beat his son with a switch to the point of the child bearing visible wounds.

That kind of behavior is apparently accepted in Peterson’s world, as he supposedly has a “whopping room” and a collection of belts that he uses to discipline his children harshly, but only in the name according to the Pro Bowl running back.

I guess it’s time for Peterson’s fate to be determined in a trial, which would most likely begin in 2015 and extend for an indefinite amount of time. Meanwhile, Peterson is set to make a staggering $12.75 million as a 30-year-old running back, hardly a burden that any team can shoulder given the baggage he now carries.

Yet if Peterson is indeed found not guilty, then something tells me that “AP” will be forgiven rather quickly. America loves a comeback story, and none better than that of an embattled superstar athlete. Still, Peterson’s alleged crimes could be proven simply too heinous to overcome, sending his career into a premature (and sad) ending.

It’s all going to come down to the verdict, but Peterson could be wasting what is left of his prime years fighting a battle he simply cannot win.

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Both an avid NFL fan and analyst, I’ve been following professional football since the late 1980s. I’m also an avid fantasy football player with several league victories under my belt. Check out my NFL articles on TSM for the latest NFL news, highlights, predictions, and more.

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