It's a victory of sorts for children in the Adrian Peterson household. The disgraced NFL player has vowed to never use a tree branch to "discipline" his children again.
Like a typical sociopath who says what he thinks people want to hear, Peterson expressed regret over whipping his 4-year-old son with a flexible tree branch earlier this year.
"I won't ever use a switch again," he said in an interview with USA Today. "There's different situations where a child needs to be disciplined as far as timeout, taking their toys away, making them take a nap. There's so many different ways to discipline your kids."
He added: "No one knows how I felt when I turned my child around after spanking him and seeing what I had left on his leg. No one knows that Dad sat there and apologized to him, hugged him and told him that I didn't mean to do this to you and how sorry I was."
But Peterson's text messages to the boy's mother stood in stark contrast to his words. In the published text messages Peterson seemed to boast about beating the boy and inflicting severe injuries on his testicles.
The Minnesota Vikings suspended the 29-year-old running back indefinitely, and this week he learned he was suspended without pay by the NFL.
Revealing his true motivation for doing the interview, Peterson longed to return to the football field.
"I would love to go back and play in Minnesota to get a feel and just see if my family still feels comfortable there," he said. "But if there's word out that hey, they might release me, then so be it. I would feel good knowing that I've given everything I had in me."
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