Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson spoke to USA Today’s Tom Pelissero at length about his troubles, and if you’re to take one thing from his chat, know this – AP wants to make one thing clear: He’s no Ray Rice. He beats defenseless children, not defenseless women.
Oh, and he’ll never use a switch on his kids ever again, he says.
“I won’t ever use a switch again,” Peterson said. “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.
“You can look down on me and say, ‘You have six kids. You should not be at this, you should not be at that.’ This is the cards I’ve been dealt based off my decisions. I make the best of it by spending time with my kids, any and every opportunity that I have.”
“I take full responsibility, because I spanked my child, and no matter what my intentions were, I end up leaving those marks on his legs,” Peterson said. “That’s the bottom line. That’s not what I tried to do, but that’s what ended up happening. Don’t put me in the same (category as Rice).”
So there it is, straight from AP himself. Not sure it’ll help him get his job back, tho. The NFLPA officially appealed Peterson’s suspension on Thursday, so now he awaits a decision. He’ll remain on Commissioner Roger Goodell’s Exempt List during the appeal process. If he fails at his appeal, he can’t be considered for reinstatement before April of next year.