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Vikings' Adrian Peterson out on bond, deactivated Sunday

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Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson was released from Montgomery County, Texas, jail early Saturday morning after posting a $15,000 bond.

Peterson turned himself in after a warrant for his arrest was issued following an indictment Friday by a grand jury for reckless or negligent injury to a child.

Peterson, who was deactivated by the Vikings for their game against New England Sunday, was booked into the Montgomery County jail at 1:06 a.m. CT Saturday and released at 1:35 a.m. CT after posting the $15,000 bond.

Peterson’s attorney, Rusty Hardin said in a statement Friday that his client’s conduct “involves using a switch to spank his son.” A report from Sports Radio 610 in Houston indicated Peterson removed leaves of a tree branch, which he referred to in a police report as “a switch,” with which he struck the 4-year-old child.

“This indictment follows Adrian’s full cooperation with authorities who have been looking into this matter. Adrian is a loving father who used his judgment as a parent to discipline his son,” Hardin said in his statement. “He used the same kind of discipline with his child that he experienced as a child growing up in east Texas. Adrian has never hidden from what happened.”

Hardin added Peterson cooperated fully with authorities and voluntarily testified before the grand jury for several hours.

Said Hardin: “Adrian will address the charges with the same respect and responsiveness he has brought to this inquiry from its beginning,” Hardin said. “It is important to remember that Adrian never intended to harm his son and deeply regrets the unintentional injury.”

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that the boy lives with his mother in Minnesota and had traveled to Texas with Peterson several months ago when the incident is alleged to have taken place.

The Vikings said they were aware of the charges and released a statement on Friday afternoon.

“The Vikings are in the process of gathering information regarding the legal situation involving Adrian Peterson. At this time, we will defer further questions to Adrian’s attorney Rusty Hardin.”

The first time the grand jury examined the case, it decided there was not enough evidence to indict. But the District Attorney’s office took it a second time and this time the panel in Montgomery County accepted the criminal charge, the Star Tribune reported.

A six-time Pro Bowl selection, Peterson is in his ninth season. He has led the NFL in rushing yards twice. He won the Most Valuable Player award in 2012.

Last year, a 2-year-old son of Peterson died in Sioux Falls, S.D., the victim of alleged abuse by a man who was dating the boy’s mother, according to police reports.


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