Adrian Peterson Reaches Plea Deal In Child Abuse Case, Will Avoid Jail Time

| by Jonathan Wolfe

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson reached a plea deal today in his child abuse case that will exempt him from any jail time. Peterson, 29, was originally indicted on felony child abuse charges for whipping his four-year-old son to the point of sever bruising and bleeding.

Peterson pleaded no contest to one count of misdemeanor reckless assault in the deal. According to, the deal makes no reference to assaulting a family member or minor. Peterson’s punishments include paying a $4,000 fine and performing 80 hours of community service. He waived the right to appeal his punishments.

With Peterson’s case settled, there remains a chance he could be on the field again for the Vikings this season. The team deactivated him indefinitely earlier this year while the legal process played out. Whether or not he plays again this year depends on the length of the suspension the NFL is likely to hand him for the conviction. 

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