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Adrian Peterson avoids jail sentence after accepting plea deal in child abuse case

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Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has pleaded no contest to the misdemeanor charge of recklessly assaulting his four-year-old son.

The NFL star will avoid a jail sentence after reaching a plea agreement with a court in Texas.

Adrian Peterson, who used a wooden implement to discipline his son in the Texas town of Spring in May, was put on probation and fined $4,000.

The player has been on paid leave pending resolution of the case.

He had been facing a possible two years in prison but the judge in Conroe, 40 miles north of Houston, accepted the plea agreement.

Adrian Peterson used a wooden implement to discipline his four-year-old son

Adrian Peterson used a wooden implement to discipline his four-year-old son

Adrian Peterson will also do 80 hours of community service.


He was said to have punished his son after the boy pushed another of his children off a motorbike video game.

The “whooping” – how Adrian Peterson allegedly referred to the incident in a police interview – resulted in cuts and bruises to the boy’s back, buttocks and legs, local media reported.

Adrian Peterson’s defense attorney Rusty Hardin earlier described his client as a “loving father” who had “used the same kind of discipline with his child that he experienced as a child growing up in east Texas”.

“It is important to remember that Adrian never intended to harm his son and deeply regrets the unintentional injury,” Rusty Hardin said.

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