Adrian Peterson has been indicted on child abuse charges for whipping his 4-year old son with a switch. Pictures of cuts on the arms and legs of the boy were released online a few days ago. The cause of this is from his son bothering his other child during a game. Peterson has mentioned that he was disciplining his son the way he was disciplined by his father as a child. There is no doubt in anyone's mind that this was far beyond discipline. Peterson has yet to be convicted, although he has been linked to a separate child abuse incident with his other son. His lawyer says that incident is over a year old and "authorities took no action."
Adrian Peterson was deactivated this past Friday for last Sunday's game against the Patriots. The Vikings made this recent announcement just past 2 a.m. Wednesday morning. The "exempt list" is rare in the league and is different from being suspended or released. Peterson must stay away from the team, but will be paid as if he was playing. His jersey will still be sold at stores and games for fans, but he has lost a few sponsors due to these accusations. Although, he still has his endorsement deal with Nike. The Vikings All-Pro RB is eligible to return to the team this season if the legal issue is resolved. Peterson recently released a statement saying he does regret the incident, but "I am not a child abuser."