Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson was sentenced to 14 months probation in connection with his child abuse case, sources close to the case tell ABC-13.
Peterson pleaded no contest in November to a misdemeanor charge of reckless assault under the deal that Montgomery County state District Judge Kelly Case approved during a court hearing. A no contest plea isn’t an admission of guilt but is treated as such for sentencing.
The All-Pro running back was indicted in September on a felony charge of injury to a child for using a wooden switch to discipline his 4-year-old son earlier this year in suburban Houston. The case revived a debate about corporal punishment, which is on the decline in the U.S. but still widely practiced in homes and schools.
“I stand here and I take full responsibility for my actions. I love my son more than anyone of you could even imagine and I’m anxious to continue my relationship with my child,” Peterson told reporters after reaching the plea deal. “I’m just glad this is over. I can put this behind me, and me and my family can continue to move forward.”
Peterson was placed on paid leave from the Vikings until April.
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