Peterson's attorney, Rusty Hardin, later confirmed the indictment and claimed the alleged incident involved disciplining a son, in a statement obtained by Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press:
“Adrian Peterson has been informed that he was indicted by a grand jury in Montgomery County, Texas for Injury to a Child. The charged conduct involves using a switch to spank his son. This indictment follows Adrian’s full cooperation with authorities who have been looking into this matter. Adrian is a loving father who used his judgment as a parent to discipline his son. He used the same kind of discipline with his child that he experienced as a child growing up in east Texas. Adrian has never hidden from what happened. He has cooperated fully with authorities and voluntarily testified before the grand jury for several hours. Adrian will address the charges with the same respect and responsiveness he has brought to this inquiry from its beginning. It is important to remember that Adrian never intended to harm his son and deeply regrets the unintentional injury.”
Citing police reports, Nick Wright of CBS Houston reported that the child involved told authorities that “Daddy Peterson hit me on my face" and that “there are a lot of belts in Daddy’s closet.” According to the CBS Houston, the alleged abuse resulted in cuts and bruises to the child’s back, buttocks, ankles, legs and scrotum.
Peterson practiced with the Vikings on Friday but has been deactivated for the team's upcoming game against the New England Patriots, according to ESPN.