NFL's Peterson vows never to use a switch again
(Reuters) - Suspended Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson vowed never to use a switch again as a means of discipline and said he was startled to see the injuries it caused to his son.
In an interview published Friday by USA Today, the six-time Pro Bowler said he loves his 4-year-old son "more than anyone could ever imagine."
The National Football League on Tuesday suspended Peterson for at least the remainder of the season after he entered a no-contest plea in a Texas court to reckless assault of the child.
He will not be considered for reinstatement before April 15.
"I won't ever use a switch again," Peterson said. "There's different situations where a child needs to be disciplined as far as timeout, taking their toys away, making them take a nap.
"There's so many different ways to discipline your kids."
Peterson, 29, had been charged with a felony before his plea. The switch caused cuts and bruises over much of the child's body.
"No one knows how I felt when I turned my child around after spanking him and seeing what I had left on his leg," Peterson said. "No one knows that Dad sat there and apologized to him, hugged him and told him that I didn't mean to do this to you and how sorry I was."
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, in a letter announcing the suspension, said Peterson had showed "no meaningful remorse" for the incident. Continued...