Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson turned himself in around 1 AM Saturday morning at a jail in Montgomery County, near Houston.
He was booked and charged with child abuse after he allegedly used a switch to discipline his son. He posted bond and was released soon after.
‘‘Adrian is a loving father who used his judgment as a parent to discipline his son. He used the same kind of discipline with his child that he experienced as a child growing up in East Texas,’’ his attorney Rusty Hardin said, via Dave Campbell of the Associated Press.
He said Peterson ‘‘has never hidden from what happened’’ and that he cooperated fully with the investigation, voluntarily testifying before a grand jury for several hours.
‘‘Adrian will address the charges with the same respect and responsiveness he has brought to this inquiry from its beginning. It is important to remember that Adrian never intended to harm his son and deeply regrets the unintentional injury,’’ Hardin added.