Hours after Adrian Peterson was reinstated by the Minnesota Vikings, another child abuse allegation has been made public.
The allegation comes from the mother of another one of his children and is separate from his indictment in Texas. She claims Peterson struck the child's head, leaving him with a scar above his right eye. A law enforcement official confirmed knowledge of the accusations she originally made in June of last year.
But late Monday, Peterson's attorney responded with this statement:
"The allegation of another investigation into Adrian Peterson is simply not true. This is not a new allegation, it's one that is unsubstantiated and was shopped around to authorities in two states over a year ago and nothing came of it. An adult witness adamantly insists Adrian did nothing inappropriate with his son. There is no ongoing or new investigation."
The Vikings also released a statement late Monday saying all questions are being deferred to Peterson's attorney. Adrian Peterson is back at practice this week, and will play Sunday against the New Orleans Saints despite allegations of child abuse. Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf made the announcement on Monday. The Wilf's said the decision to bring Peterson back was made after significant thought, discussion, and consideration. Earlier Monday, Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman met the media to talk about the issue.
"Based on the extensive information that we have right now, and what we know about Adrian, not only as a person, but what he has done for this community, we believe he deserves to play while the legal process plays out," said Spielman. "At the same time, we must defer to the legal system to determine whether he went too far, but we cannot make that judgment."
Peterson turned himself into authorities in Montgomery County, Texas, over the weekend but was later released on bond. He released a statement on Monday saying he never intended to hurt his son.
Peterson is accused of disciplining his 4-year-old son using a "switch" or a stick.
The allegations against Peterson have prompted the Radisson Hotel chain to suspend its sponsorship of the Minnesota Vikings. Radisson's sponsorship includes a press banner that is behind those speaking at Vikings news conferences.
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