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Adrian Peterson: “…There’s Not Many Fathers Better Than Me”
Can’t believe it’s already been a year since the child abuse allegations on Minnesota Vikings RB, Adrian Peterson. Just like he did then, he still maintains he is not a child abuser. Peterson, who maintains his innocence, “scoffs” at the idea that he has anything to prove this season with regards to his scandal, which led to his suspension from the NFL for nearly all of the 2014 season, SI reports.
More than a year later Peterson maintains his innocence. He says he never meant to harm his child. He says he apologized—to the boy, to the Vikings and to the public—and took responsibility. He says he understands why people who saw the police-report photos of the child’s injuries, which were illegally leaked shortly after the indictment, may never forgive him. But he does not believe his actions constituted abuse, and he doesn’t particularly care when others—doctors, social workers, parents across the country—think they do.
“I know in my heart there’s not many fathers better than me. I’m that father that the kids run to. I’m the father they want to wrestle and play with.”
He stops. Sighs. “Cris Carter, he had so much to say,” Peterson says. “In that stage, if I would have seen Cris Carter, I probably would have slapped the taste out of his mouth.” Another pause, as if Peterson realizes how this sounds. “Because that was the mind frame I was in,” he says. “I wouldn’t have done it. But I wanted to.”
Peterson told SI during his suspension last season, he mulled over retirement. His backup plan was to become an Olympic sprinter. He reportedly reached out to four-time gold medalist Michael Johnson and received support from Maurice Greene, another sprinter who offered to train Peterson.