Adrian Peterson, Running Back, Pleaded No Contest to Reckless Assault

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Dec 8 2015, 4:00pm

via USA Today Sports

Position: Running back
Height / Weight: 6'1" / 220 lbs
College: University of Oklahoma
NFL draft: 2007 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7
Career history: Minnesota Vikings (2007–present)


On September 12, 2014, Peterson was indicted on a felony child abuse charge in Montgomery County, TX. According to police reports, Peterson struck his four-year-old son with a switch that he consistently referred to as a switch, giving him cuts, marks, and bruising on his thighs, back, and one of his testicles.

On the same day of his indictment, Peterson was deactivated by the Vikings for one game. He was reinstated on September 15, 2014. On September 17, 2014, Peterson was placed on the NFL's Exempt/Commissioner's Permission list.

On November 4, 2014, Peterson pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of reckless assault, a misdemeanor with no mention of a family member or a minor's involvement. The deal included a two-year deferred adjudication and mandated that Peterson pay a $4,000 fine, do 80 hours of community service, and be placed on probation.

On November 18, 2014, the NFL announced that Peterson would be suspended for at least the rest of the season without pay. On February 26, 2015, Peterson was reinstated to the league following the NFL Players Association lawsuit on his behalf.

Peterson did not return Broadly's request for comment.