NFL's Peterson vows never to use a switch again

Fri Nov 21, 2014 10:38am EST
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(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...

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) leaves the field after a season-ending loss to the Green Bay Packers following their NFL NFC wildcard playoff football game in Green Bay, Wisconsin, January 5, 2013. REUTERS/Tom Lynn