Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said the organization feels Adrian Peterson was "disciplining a child" during the incident that led to his indictment on a felony charge of injury to a child.
Spielman was responding to a question on NFL Network about abuse victims in light of the star running back's indictment for allegedly injuring his son with a stick.
First question: What message are you sending to abuse victims? Spielman: “We feel strongly as an organization this is disciplining a child” — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 15, 2014
In a statement Monday, Vikings owner Zygi and Mark Wilf addressed the decision to reinstate Peterson. Peterson also released a statement in which he said, "I am not a perfect parent, but I am, without a doubt, not a child abuser."
Peterson, 28, has been selected to the Pro Bowl six times and led the NFL in rushing twice.
- Chris Johnson