Adrian Peterson's lawyer responded Tuesday to allegations made in a Minneapolis Star-Tribune article related to Peterson's All Day Foundation.
The Star-Tribune article alleges, among other things, that Peterson used the foundation's credit card in 2011 to pay for a hotel room, in which a seven-person sex party took place. It also claims that Peterson got in an argument with a woman that night, ultimately resulting in a police investigation but no charges.
Peterson's attorney, Rusty Hardin, rejected many of the article's claims and highlighted the foundation's philanthropic efforts.
Hardin's statement in full:
Adrian did not have a foundation credit card and did not use the foundation's funds for personal expenses. There is no question that prior to 2011, issues existed with the administration of Adrian’s foundation. When this was brought to his attention, Adrian made changes to the organization and brought in new leadership. Since that time, Adrian and his foundation have given more than $1.4 million to many worthy causes, including many to organizations that benefit children. Importantly, Adrian has seen fit to contribute over $1 million of his own funds to this charitable work. Adrian and his family are understandably proud of the foundation and the good work that it has done and continues to do.
We are in the unfortunate position that today, like so many other days, there are more stories about Adrian, fueled by nothing more than his fame. Given the multitude of allegations that inevitably flow against a public figure, we will no longer try to respond to each and every new unfounded charge. We will simply hold our comments for the trial that Adrian is entitled to in a forum that has rules and requirements of proof.
Peterson is currently on the Commissioner's Exempt list as he awaits a court appearance on child abuse charges. The 29-year-old running back will reportedly plead not guilty to the charges on Wednesday.
- Stanley Kay