NFL Hall of Famer Jim Brown says he has spoken with Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson recently, according to a report from the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Peterson has not played for Minnesota since being indicted on a felony charge of injury to a child after admitting to using a tree branch to discipline his four-year-old son. The Vikings placed Peterson on the Exempt/Commissioner's Permission list, meaning he cannot participate in team activities while legal proceedings are ongoing but will still be paid.
Brown and Peterson have met several times, the report says.
Asked if he has talked to Peterson during his ordeal, Brown said, “I talked to Adrian once a while back. A very short conversation.”
Brown didn’t want to go into specifics regarding the conversation or when it occurred. Peterson is seeking to be reinstated by the NFL and has a hearing with an arbitrator Monday, but Brown said he doesn’t have enough information to offer a comment on that.
“I think it’s being worked out,’’ Brown said. “My only comment is I wish Adrian the best and his family, but I don’t have anything to add to the mixture. … I like Adrian. I hope his family is fine. That’s all I can say.’’
An arbitrator will have five days to issue a ruling on Peterson's reinstatement following a Nov. 17 hearing. Peterson pleaded no contest to one count of misdemeanor reckless assault last week. He could also face discipline under the NFL's Personal Conduct Policy. Reports have cast doubt on whether the Vikings would welcome Peterson back to the team if he is reinstated.