A few years ago, Adrian Peterson had his entire career turned upside down when he was charged with felony child abuse, ultimately entering a plea deal to misdemeanor reckless assault, and was suspended from the NFL for beating his son.
In a shocking new interview, the Washington Redskins running back revealed that he still hits his son with a belt.
“I had to discipline my son and spank him the other day with a belt,” Peterson told Master Tesfatsion of Bleacher Report.
“My kids are different,” Peterson says. “They have my blood in them. They have my genes in them.” As unbelievable as a child not flinching from being beaten by a professional football player might sound, Peterson says his kids possess extraordinary strength: “It’s crazy when you think about it. But for me, it’s not. I know my kids. I know what they’re capable of, and I know the types of things they do.”
Peterson is no longer on probation for the previous abuse case, but the court of public opinion is sure to be just as harsh on this admittance today as they were during that case in 2014.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell also told Peterson in a letter that he had “shown no meaningful remorse for your conduct.”
“You have shown no meaningful remorse for your conduct. When indicted, you acknowledged what you did but said that you would not ‘eliminate whooping my kids’ and defended your conduct in numerous published text messages to the child’s mother. You also said that you felt ‘very confident with my actions because I know my intent.’ These comments raise the serious concern that you do not fully appreciate the seriousness of your conduct, or even worse, that you may feel free to engage in similar conduct in the future.”