Peter­son booked and re­leased from Texas jail

The Covington News - - THE WIRE -

MIN­NEAPO­LIS (AP) — Min­nesota Vik­ings run­ning back Adrian Peter­son was booked and re­leased from a Texas jail on a child abuse charge early Satur­day, cap­ping a tu­mul­tuous week for the NFL, which was al­ready fac­ing heavy crit­i­cism for its han­dling of a do­mes­tic vi­o­lence case in­volv­ing another star player.

Peter­son was pro­cessed at the Mont­gomery County jail and re­leased on $15,000 bond, ac­cord­ing to a sher­iff’s of­fice spokesman, Lt. Brady Fitzger­ald. He is charged with caus­ing in­jury to a child age 14 or younger, al­legedly by spank­ing one of his sons with a wooden switch, or tree branch, on or around May 18.

The star run­ning back won’t play Sun­day in Min­nesota’s home opener against New Eng­land. Shortly after the news of the indictment broke Fri­day, the Vik­ings an­nounced that Peter­son had been benched for the game against the Pa­tri­ots.

Brian McCarthy, a spokesman for the league, said Satur­day that Peter­son’s case “will be re­viewed un­der the NFL’s per­sonal con­duct pol­icy.”

It wasn’t im­me­di­ately clear if Peter­son re­mained in Texas after leav­ing the jail or if he re­turned to Min­nesota. There was no ac­tiv­ity out­side of his home near Hous­ton and a man who an­swered the door at his home near Min­neapo­lis said Peter­son wasn’t there. Chris Peter­son, who said he’s the player’s un­cle, said Peter­son would is­sue a state­ment “when he’s ready.”

Peter­son’s at­tor­ney, Rusty Hardin, said Fri­day that his client “has never hid­den from what hap­pened” in the case.

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