NFL star Peterson charged with injuring child, dropped from Sunday's game
By Jon Herskovitz and Eric M. Johnson
(Reuters) - Minnesota Vikings' star running back Adrian Peterson was briefly detained in a Texas jail early on Saturday charged with injuring a child, according to the website of the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office.
Peterson was held on a $15,000 bond early on Saturday morning and was released within about 30 minutes, jail records showed. He was indicted by a grand jury in the county north of Houston, and police issued a warrant for his arrest on Friday.
Peterson's attorney, Rusty Hardin, said in a statement that the charge resulted from the footballer "using a switch to spank his son."
The charges come on the heels of the NFL indefinitely suspending Baltimore Ravens three-time Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice for domestic violence.
Hardin said Peterson's actions mirrored treatment he experienced growing up, adding that the running back had testified before a grand jury for "several hours" and was fully cooperating with authorities.
"Adrian is a loving father who used his judgment as a parent to discipline his son," Hardin said. "Adrian never intended to harm his son and deeply regrets the unintentional injury."
The National Football League's Vikings said in a statement they would drop Peterson from the team's roster for Sunday's game against the New England Patriots as the team looks into the matter.
A local CBS broadcaster in Houston cited law enforcement sources in reporting that Peterson told police he used a tree branch in a "whooping" on his 4-year-old son in Spring, Texas, in May as punishment for pushing another one of the athlete's children. Continued...