NEW INFORMATION: Adrian Peterson 'sorry' for hurting child

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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (WEAU) -- Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson said he's “sorry” for hurting his son.

Peterson released a statement of his Twitter page Monday that he couldn't talk about the facts of his pending case.

His statement said he met with a psychologist, and it also said “I am, without a doubt, not a child abuser.”

Peterson is accused of using a switch to spank his 4-year-old son.

He's expected to enter a plea hearing on Wednesday in Texas.

The Parenting Place in the La Crosse area said the kind of discipline you give your child depends on his or her age.

It also said discipline is meant to allow children to learn the consequences for their actions.

For example, if your child doesn't go to bed on time, maybe he or she has to go to bed earlier the next night.

“Your discipline for a misbehavior it is going to teach that child something and hopefully it's going to be a positive lesson, and not a negative one,” said parent educator Barb Hopkins.

If you have questions about whether the way you're disciplining your child is going too far, contact The Parenting Place at 608-784-8125.

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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (STATEMENT FROM ADRIAN PETERSON'S TWITTER PAGE) -- My attorney has asked me not to discuss the facts of my pending case. I hope you can respect that request and help me honor it. I very much want the public to hear from me but I understand that it is not appropriate to talk about the facts in detail at this time. Nevertheless, I want everyone to understand how sorry I feel about the hurt I have brought to my child.

I never wanted to be a distraction to the Vikings organization, the Minnesota community or to my teammates. I never imagined being in a position where the world is judging my parenting skills or calling me a child abuser because of the discipline I administered to my son.

I voluntarily appeared before the grand jury several weeks ago to answer any and all questions they had. Before my grand jury appearance, I was interviewed by two different police agencies without an attorney. In each of these interviews I have said the same thing, and that is that I never ever intended to harm my son. I will say the same thing once I have my day in court.

I have to live with the fact that when I disciplined my son the way I was disciplined as a child, I caused an injury that I never intended or thought would happen. I know that many people disagree with the way I disciplined my child. I also understand after meeting with a psychologist that there are other alternative ways of disciplining a child that may be more appropriate.

I have learned a lot and have had to reevaluate how I discipline my son going forward. But deep in my heart I have always believed I could have been one of those kids that was lost in the streets without the discipline instilled in me by my parents and other relatives. I have always believed that the way my parents disciplined me has a great deal to do with the success I have enjoyed as a man. I love my son and I will continue to become a better parent and learn from any mistakes I ever make.

I am not a perfect son. I am not a perfect husband. I am not a perfect parent, but I am, without a doubt, not a child abuser. I am someone that disciplined his child and did not intend to cause him any injury. No one can understand the hurt that I feel for my son and for the harm I caused him. My goal is always to teach my son right from wrong and that's what I tried to do that day.

I accept the fact that people feel very strongly about this issue and what they think about my conduct. Regardless of what others think, however, I love my son very much and I will continue to try to become a better father and person.
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) -- Adrian Peterson has issued a statement after being charged with child abuse and says he is "sorry about the hurt I have brought to my child."

Peterson issued his statement on Monday a few hours after the Minnesota Vikings reinstated him to the team. Peterson was charged last weekend after he struck his 4-year-old son with a tree branch as a form of discipline earlier this summer.

Peterson says he has met with a psychologist and "I have to live with the fact that when I disciplined my son the way I was disciplined as a child, I caused an injury that I never intended or thought would happen."

Peterson says he's not perfect, but also says "without a doubt I am not a child abuser."
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CONROE, Texas (AP) -- The attorney for Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson says he will seek to delay Peterson's initial court appearance in Texas on a child abuse charge.

Peterson is scheduled to enter a plea at a Wednesday hearing in Conroe, Texas, after his indictment for reckless or negligent injury to a child. Peterson faces up to two years in prison and a $10,000 fine if found guilty.

Peterson's attorney, Rusty Hardin, said Monday that he is out of the country until Sept. 21 and will ask to have the hearing delayed until he returns.

Hardin has said Peterson is accused of using a wooden switch to spank one of his sons. After benching him Sunday, the Vikings announced Monday that they had reinstated Peterson.
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CONROE, Texas (AP) -- Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will make his first court appearance Wednesday in Texas on a child abuse charge.

Peterson is expected to enter a plea at the hearing in Conroe, Texas, after his indictment for reckless or negligent injury to a child. Peterson faces up to two years in prison and a $10,000 fine if found guilty.

Peterson's attorney, Rusty Hardin, has said he's accused of using a wooden switch to spank one of his sons. Hardin has said Peterson is cooperating with authorities and "used the same kind of discipline" that he experienced growing up.

After benching him Sunday, the Vikings announced Monday that they had reinstated Peterson for the coming week.
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) -- The Minnesota Vikings are reinstating Adrian Peterson this week after he was charged with child abuse and say he will play on Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.

Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf made the announcement Monday, one day after Peterson was benched during a 30-7 loss to the New England Patriots after he was charged for striking his 4-year-old son with a tree branch this summer.

The Vikings say they take the issue very seriously and have given it considerable thought. But they also say they want the legal process to take its course before making any final decisions.

Peterson's lawyer says the star player was just disciplining his child and did not mean to cause harm.
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (WEAU) -- The Vikings now say that running back Adrian Peterson is expected to play Sunday at New Orleans.

The team released the statement on Monday morning. It said Peterson will fully participate in practices and meetings this week. In the team's statement, owners Zygi Wilf and Mark Wilf say the decision "was made after significant thought, discussion and consideration."

Peterson was processed overnight Friday into Saturday and released from a jail in Texas. He's accused of using a switch, which is a tree branch, to spank one of his sons. Peterson did not play on September 14 in the Vikings loss to New England in Minneapolis.
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (STATEMENT FROM MINNESOTA VIKINGS) -- (September 15, 2014) – Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will fully participate in this week’s practices and meetings and is expected to play this Sunday in New Orleans.

The following statement is from Vikings Owners Zygi Wilf and Mark Wilf:

Today’s decision was made after significant thought, discussion and consideration. As evidenced by our decision to deactivate Adrian from yesterday’s game, this is clearly a very important issue. On Friday, we felt it was in the best interests of the organization to step back, evaluate the situation, and not rush to judgment given the seriousness of this matter. At that time, we made the decision that we felt was best for the Vikings and all parties involved.

To be clear, we take very seriously any matter that involves the welfare of a child. At this time, however, we believe this is a matter of due process and we should allow the legal system to proceed so we can come to the most effective conclusions and then determine the appropriate course of action. This is a difficult path to navigate, and our focus is on doing the right thing. Currently we believe we are at a juncture where the most appropriate next step is to allow the judicial process to move forward.

We will continue to monitor the situation closely and support Adrian’s fulfillment of his legal responsibilities throughout this process.



 
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