Skip to main content

Adrian Peterson indicted in Texas on child injury charges, deactivated for Sunday

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been indicted in Texas on charges of "reckless or negligent injury to a child," and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.

FOX 26 in Houston first reported the news.

According ABC 13, Peterson's attorney Rusty Hardin has confirmed the charges and issued the following statement:

"Adrian Peterson has been informed that he was indicted by a grand jury in Montgomery County, Texas for Injury to a Child. The charged conduct involves using a switch to spank his son. This indictment follows Adrian's full cooperation with authorities who have been looking into this matter. Adrian is a loving father who used his judgment as a parent to discipline his son. He used the same kind of discipline with his child that he experienced as a child growing up in east Texas. Adrian has never hidden from what happened. He has cooperated fully with authorities and voluntarily testified before the grand jury for several hours. Adrian will address the charges with the same respect and responsiveness he has brought to this inquiry from its beginning. It is important to remember that Adrian never intended to harm his son and deeply regrets the unintentional injury."

Hardin told ESPN in a text message that Peterson "certainly will" surrender to authorities.

The Houston Chronicle reports Phil Grant, the Montgomery County assistant district attorney, "could not comment on the case until Peterson is arrested."

The Vikings released a statement Friday afternoon saying the following:

"The Vikings are in the process of gathering information regarding the legal situation involving Adrian Peterson. At this time, we will defer further questions to Adrian’s attorney Rusty Hardin."

The team also announced that Peterson will be deactivated for Sunday's game against the Patriots.

According to ESPN, Montgomery County investigators say they received the case earlier this year, adding Peterson has cooperated. NFL.com reports an unidentified Texas police department initially called the City of Houston Police Department with a child endangerment report. It was eventually passed to the county, then the district attorney, then a grand jury, NFL.com says.

According to longtime NFL reporter Ian Rapoport, the investigation has been going on "for some time."

Peterson has spent his entire eight year career with the Vikings. He missed practice on Thursday for a "non-injury-related issue," but returned on Friday. It is not known if the issue was related to the indictment.

Last October, Peterson's two-year-old son died after he was allegedly assaulted by a man who was dating the boys mother. Tyrese Ruffin died of severe head injuries in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

The Vikings star sent this out to his Twitter followers on Friday.

Next Up

Great Dane Rescue and Sanctuary

Emaciated Great Danes rescued after being found living in minivan

Great Dane Rescue of Minnesota and Wisconsin posted that two of the dogs are in "rough condition" and "barely hanging on."

Screen Shot 2020-05-26 at 10.28.52 AM

2 years since George Floyd's killing, Biden signs exec order on policing

The signing comes on the second anniversary of Floyd's murder by police in south Minneapolis.

earlyseason

Lutsen Mountains owner to buy Michigan ski resort

The Skinner family has operated alpine ski areas in the Midwest for 60 years.

covid

Mayo Clinic, CDC address concerns over monkeypox in the US

The CDC does not currently think there is a significant threat to the general public.

police tape

Charges: Man killed brother, left body in homemade camper for 7 months

James Robert Hess, 48, faces second-degree murder charges for the death of his 52-year-old brother, William Harold Hess Jr.

storm

Minnesota forecast: Hot, humid and severe storm chances

Bring Me The News meteorologist Sven Sundgaard says right now the best chance for storms looks like Sunday/Sunday night.

Thai Cultural Council of Minnesota

Minnesota's biggest Thai festival to be hosted in front of State Capitol

The Thai New Year, or Songkran, is one of the most celebrated holidays in Thailand.

police tape, crime scene

Man dies after being shot in the head in St. Cloud

Investigators believe the suspects fled the scene in a vehicle.

USATSI_18349907

Uvalde school massacre: MN Democrats call for action, Republicans prayers

The tragedy in Texas has sparked different reactions from Minnesota's congressional delegation.

Screen Shot 2020-06-15 at 7.11.05 AM

St. Cloud man fires shot at police in hours-long standoff, surrenders

Shawn Lawrence Jacobs, 37, was arrested just before 4 p.m. Tuesday after he surrendered.

New baby zebra at the Como Zoo.

St. Paul's Como Zoo welcomes new baby zebra

The baby is yet to be named, and the zoo is planning an event for visitors to help with the decision.

Related