Vikings Runningback Adrian Peterson won't Go Behind Bars Thanks to No Contest Agreement
Vikings runningback, Adrian Peterson, can now release a sigh of relief after securing a no contest agreement in his child assault case. This means that the star has been spared from serving a jail term because he will be granted a lenient sentence.
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According to TMZ, the runningback was accused of whipping his son who is only 4 years old. The beating is said to have left the minor with some serious bruises. The star had earlier defended himself saying that he had not intended to harm the littleman but had gone to an extreme level of disciplining his child.
ProFootballTalk.com has reported that AP has made arrangements that will see the Vikings star get a lenient ruling after securing a no contest agreement. The star will avail himself at the court to present the paperwork.
In other news, USAtoday has learned that his team mates at Vikings wish him well during these tough times. The club's manager, Eden Prairie Minn has however refused to disclose whether the management will lift Peterson's suspension.
His teammates said they would be happy to see him return to the field. "I think everybody's hopeful that he'll have an opportunity to come back," fullback Jerome Felton told USA TODAY Sports. "He'll definitely have 100% support in the locker room."
"He's a guy that everyone loves around here in that locker room," rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater said of Peterson. "If he does come back, I'm pretty sure everyone will still take him in with welcoming arms."
Vikings left eyebrows raised when they did not allow him to play in one game. Critics said NFL was biased because Peterson was seen playing in a match that followed his suspension. This is contrary to what was done to Ray Rice after he was charged for domestic assault.
Peterson can hardly escape punishment because NFL could punish him for going against their policies. They have to wait until he is done with the courts to determine their next course of action.
"We would review the matter, including the court record, and the commissioner would make a determination," league spokesman Greg Aiello said in an email. "We cannot provide a timetable."
The Vikings would be lucky if the issue is solved before their next match that is two weeks away. If the case is solved leniently, they could still have Peterson in the forthcoming game on November 16.
Vikings are hoping that the current drama will end soon because they can not afford to loose their best player. "He's a top-five player in the world. That's a huge deal," Felton said.
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"We'd definitely get a big boost, and that'd be exciting. I'm hoping that decision plays out."