Embattled Vikings running back Adrian Peterson released a statement today defending himself in the face of recent child abuse charges. Peterson, who is accused of making his young son bleed after hitting him with a switch, repeatedly insisted that he is not a child abuser and that the injuries caused to his son were accidental.
"I never imagined being in a position where the world is judging my parenting skills or calling me a child abuser because of the discipline I administered to my son,” Peterson writes.
The star player says he has spoke with police several times over the past few weeks.
"In each of these interviews I have said the same thing, and that is that I never ever intended to harm my son," Peterson said. "I will say the same thing once I have my day in court."
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Peterson says he spanked his son just as he was spanked as a child. He also says that without the strict discipline his parents administered to him, he could be in a very different place today.
"I have to live with the fact that when I disciplined my son the way I was disciplined as a child, I caused an injury that I never intended or thought would happen," Peterson said. "I have learned a lot and have had to re-evaluate how I discipline my son going forward. But deep in my heart I have always believed I could have been one of those kids that was lost in the streets without the discipline instilled in me by my parents and other relatives.
"I have always believed that the way my parents disciplined me has a great deal to do with the success I have enjoyed as a man.”
Peterson then insists that he is not a child abuser.
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"I am not a perfect son. I am not a perfect husband. I am not a perfect parent, but I am, without a doubt, not a child abuser," Peterson writes. "I am someone that disciplined his child and did not intend to cause him any injury. No one can understand the hurt that I feel for my son and for the harm I caused him.
"My goal is always to teach my son right from wrong and that's what I tried to do that day."
Photos of the wounds Peterson inflicted on his son have surfaced online. Despite the fact that the photos were taken four days after the punishment occurred, the child has dozens of lash marks and small cuts on his body:
Peterson’s first court date for the child abuse charge is scheduled for October.
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