Peterson booked and released from Texas jail
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.