Adrian Peterson is tentatively set to appear in court on December 1 to defend himself against allegations of felony child abuse.
Peterson and his attorney Rusty Hardin did not enter a plea Wednesday, but a statement issued through the attorney said they plan to see the case through to the end.
“Adrian is going to trial – he is not looking for a deal,” Hardin said through a spokesman.
Peterson hasn’t played for the Vikings since the charges were made public, and the team is content to wait until the off-field drama plays out before deciding when to reinstate the star running back. The defense has asked for an expedited trial in an effort to salvage some of the remaining NFL season, so it’s possible that the trial could begin in November if other cases are removed from the docket.
Hardin said he’s looking forward to resolving the matter.
“Look, this is a really good man that I am incredibly proud to represent,” Hardin said of Peterson. “I would ask all of you to be please be tolerant to the fact that Adrian is chomping at the bit to publicly talk and to publicly defend himself, and the only reason he hasn’t is us insisting and jumping up and down and saying, ‘The solution is for you to get a speedy trial and resolve all this in a courtroom.'”
As we mentioned in a previous post, Peterson was initially charged with felony child abuse after pictures and text messages revealed that he struck his son with a small stick as a form of punishment. The child had visible marks on his legs, and although Peterson said he didn’t mean to hurt the child, the incident has left many debating appropriate parenting techniques and the court’s role in the matter.
“This is a case about parenting decisions and whether something unfortunate happened when a parenting decision was made by a man who believes strongly and loves his children very much,” said Hardin.
If convicted, Peterson could be sentenced to up to two years in state prison. A more likely punishment is some form of probation, and he may face additional penalties under the NFL’s new personal conduct policy.
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