Four years after his criminal trial and NFL suspension over hitting his son with a switch, Adrian Peterson says he still uses corporal punishment to discipline his children.
The revelation came in an interview the former Vikings running back gave to Bleacher Report, in which he stated that he's not a child abuser but admits the form of discipline he chose four years ago was "a mistake."
Now though, he says he continues to punish his children physically, telling the website: "I had to discipline my son and spank him the other day with a belt."
This, he said, followed four chances he gave his son to correct a wrong, noting that he also employs other form of punishment on his six children, including taking away electronics, putting them in timeouts around the house, and having them do wall squats.
Corporal punishment was something he himself went through as a children, and says it helped him become the man he is today.
You can read the full interview here, with the comments regarding punishment towards the bottom.
Following the publication of the report, his agent issued a statement to ESPN saying there is "nothing more important to Adrian Peterson than being a good father to his children,” noting his client "learned several valuable lessons" following the suspension and subsequent counseling in 2014.