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Report: Adrian Peterson says he still hits son with belt. Could NFL punish him?

Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson runs between Cowboys defensive end Tyrone Crawford, left, and defensive end Demarcus Lawrence during the first half of Sunday’s 20-17 loss.
Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson runs between Cowboys defensive end Tyrone Crawford, left, and defensive end Demarcus Lawrence during the first half of Sunday’s 20-17 loss. AP Photo

Apparently, Adrian Peterson hasn’t changed all that much.

The Redskins will visit the Dallas Cowboys in the running back’s home state of Texas on Thanksgiving.

Although Peterson is enjoying a resurgent season, new comments that he made to Bleacher Report may put his future NFL status in jeopardy.

Here’s what the ex-Oklahoma Sooners star told the outlet.

“I had to discipline my son and spank him the other day with a belt,” Peterson told Master Tesfatsion of Bleacher Report.

In 2014, Peterson, then a member of the Minnesota Vikings, was charged with felony child abuse. He eventually entered a plea deal to misdemeanor reckless assault.

As a result, the NFL suspended Peterson for the majority of the 2014 season.

Setting aside any potential legal consequences from Peterson’s latest statement, it’s possible he could face discipline from the NFL once again.

Here is a quote from the league office regarding the terms of Peterson’s reinstatement.

“The timing of your potential reinstatement will be based on the results of the counseling and treatment program set forth in this decision,” the league told Peterson in a 2014 letter. “Under this two-step approach, the precise length of the suspension will depend on your actions. We are prepared to put in place a program that can help you to succeed, but no program can succeed without your genuine and continuing engagement. You must commit yourself to your counseling and rehabilitative effort, properly care for your children, and have no further violations of law or league policy.”

In a previous letter from Roger Goodell to Peterson, the NFL commissioner said “You have shown no meaningful remorse for your conduct.”

The NFL has yet to issue a statement or comment on the story.



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