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