Update 11:21 p.m.: Rusty Hardin, famed sports attorney, told Ian Rapoport that the charges reported this evening date back to 2013. At that time, "no action was taken." Hardin explained, "There was an adult witness in the car and she flatly denied that Adrian caused any injury to the boy." The Vikings offered this statement, "We were made aware of an allegation from 2013 in which authorities took no action against Adrian."
Just hours after being allowed to rejoin his team, NFL superstar Adrian Peterson is facing new accusations of abusing children. Peterson was arrested over the weekend following a grand jury indictment for allegedly beating his four-year-old son with a switch. After missing one game, the Minnesota Vikings have let the former MVP running back onto the team, and he is set to play on Sunday.
On Monday evening, however, KHOU, the local CBS affiliate in Houston, Texas reported that Peterson may be implicated in a second domestic abuse incident. According to their report, Peterson was investigated by Child Protective Services in another incident involving another one of his sons, who is also four-years-old. The network displayed text messages between Peterson and the child's mother in which the mother questioned a scar that appeared on their son. She asked what Peterson hit the young boy with, and Peterson neglected to reply, but made it clear that he punished the child because he was cursing at a sibling. One of the messages from Peterson reads: "Be still n take ya whooping he would have saved the scare (scar). He aight (all right)"
CBS also obtained an image of the child with Band-Aids covering a wound. Other pictures taken later show a scar over the boy's eye. No charges were filed and it's unclear how the CPS case was resolved.
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