Adrian Peterson: 'I won't ever use a switch again'
Suspended Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson broke his silence with his first comments since being indicted and pleading no contest to child abuse charges after hitting his four-year-old son with a wooden switch.
“I won’t ever use a switch again,” Peterson told USA Today. “There’s different situations where a child needs to be disciplined as far as timeout, taking their toys away, making them take a nap. There’s so many different ways to discipline your kids.”
Peterson said that he is extremely sorry for what he did to his son.
“No one knows how I felt when I turned my child around after spanking him and seeing what I had left on his leg,” Peterson said. “No one knows that Dad sat there and apologized to him, hugged him and told him that I didn’t mean to do this to you and how sorry I was.
“I love my son. I love my kids, my family. Like I said after I took the misdemeanor plea, I take full responsibility for my actions. I regret the situation. I love my son more than any one of you could even imagine.”
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell wrote in a disciplinary letter to Peterson that he had failed to show "meaningful remorse."
“Ultimately, I know I’ll have my opportunity to sit down with Roger face to face, and I’ll be able to say a lot of the same things that I’ve said to you,” Peterson said. “Don’t say that I’m not remorseful, because in my statement, I showed that I was remorseful. I regretted everything that took place. I love my child, more than anyone could ever imagine.”
Whether Peterson will play again for the Vikings if he's reinstated remains unclear.
"Maybe it's best for me to get a fresh start somewhere else," Peterson said. "I would love to go back and play in Minnesota to get a feel and just see if my family still feels comfortable there. But if there’s word out that hey, they might release me, then so be it. I would feel good knowing that I’ve given everything I had in me.”
"I would have to get back in the community and get a feel. I know who loves me. The coaches and the players, it’s not going to be a problem. I’ve felt so much support from those guys. The organization, I know there’s people in the organization that support me and there’s people that I know internally that has not been supporting me.”
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun