EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP/WWLP) — The Minnesota Vikings are reinstating Adrian Peterson this week after he was charged with child abuse and say he will play on Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.
Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf made the announcement Monday, one day after Peterson was benched during a 30-7 loss to the New England Patriots after he was charged for striking his 4-year-old son with a tree branch this summer.
The Vikings say they take the issue very seriously and have given it considerable thought, but they also say they want the legal process to take its course before making any final decisions.
Peterson’s lawyer says the star player was just disciplining his child and did not mean to cause harm. Peterson posted on Twitter, he never intended to hurt his son and is re-evaluating how he disciplines his child.
Some football fans don’t agree with the team’s decision to reinstate Peterson while the case is pending. Kenneth Avent of Springfield said, “They don’t know any better. They are kids. We don’t have kids to beat them. We have kids to show them the right path in life, make them be some thing in life, not what Adrian Peterson did, no, I don’t believe in that.”