Minnesota Vikings star runner Adrian Peterson issued a lengthy statement to address his indictment on charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child, and admitted he is indeed responsible for his son's injuries, but never intended to cause them.
I am not a perfect son. I am not a perfect husband. I am not a perfect parent, but I am, without a doubt, not a child abuser. I am someone that disciplined his child and did not intend to cause him any injury. No one can understand the hurt that I feel for my son and for the harm I caused him. My goal is always to teach my son right from wrong and that’s what I tried to do that day.
I accept the fact that people feel very strongly about this issue and what they think about my conduct. Regardless of what others think, however, I love my son very much and I will continue to try to become a better father and person.
Peterson added that he has sought counselling since the incident to reevaluate his methods of discipline, but believes similar physical punishment helped prevent him from becoming a kid "lost in the streets."
I have always believed that the way my parents disciplined me has a great deal to do with the success I have enjoyed as a man. I love my son and I will continue to become a better parent and learn from any mistakes I ever make.
Peterson also said that he appeared in front of a grand jury several weeks ago to answer questions regarding the incident and will maintain that he never intended to harm his son when he appears in court.
The Vikings announced Monday that Peterson will return to practices and meetings this week, and is expected to play Sunday.
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