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Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was indicted today for "reckless or negligent injury to a child." Both Peterson and his lawyer have declined to comment.

Peterson missed practice yesterday, but the Vikings say the absence was unrelated to the charges brought against him today. 

Peterson married Ashley Brown in July and has at least five children from previous relationships, though his exes and others have claimed that he's fathered as many as seven kids.

Adrian Peterson and Ashley Brown

One of Peterson's sons died last year after being beaten by his mother's boyfriend. Peterson found out that he was the boy's father just two months before his death.

The 29-year-old running back led the NFL in rushing in 2012, and very nearly broke the record for rushing yards in a single season.

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The family of Reeva Steenkamp is speaking out following the verdict in the Oscar Pistorius case after the athlete was found guilty of culpable homicide Friday.

Their verdict: Justice was NOT served.

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Oscar Pistorius and girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. By now you know how this relationship tragically, devastatingly ended.

"This verdict is not justice for Reeva," her mother, June Steenkamp, told NBC News in an interview. "I just want the truth... She died a horrible death."

"[It was] a horrible, painful, terrible death, and she suffered, you know? And he shot through the door and I can't believe that they believe that it was an accident."

Her father, Barry Steenkamp, added, "it wasn't just disbelief on our minds. I think it was disbelief on everyone's, on most people who have been following the case."

"I just don't feel that this is the right sentence, you know?" June Steenkamp added. "They believe his story, and I don't believe that story. That's the difference."

Pistorius was found not guilty of murder, the most serious offense he could have been charged with, as the judge felt the evidence did not support it.

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If there's anyone who can relate to the Ray Rice scandal, it's Chris Brown.

The former Baltimore Ravens running back and the combustible R&B singer are two of the most high-profile domestic abuse perpetrators around.

This was clear last night when CBS nixed Rihanna from performing during its big Thursday Night Football pregame show in order to cover the Rice scandal.

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A video leaked showing Ray knocking out Janay Palmer, his fiancee at the time and currently his wife, learning to his indefinite suspension from the NFL.

In the days since the footage leaked, debate has reached a fever pitch and the National Domestic Violence Hotline has seen an 84 percent increase in volume.

Women (and one ill-advised DiGiorno Tweet) have been weighing in around the clock with stories using the Twitter hashtags #WhyIStayed and #WhyILeft.

So what does Brown, who was convicted of felony assault on then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009, and whose image never fully recovered, think about Rice?

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The purported Iggy Azalea sex tape isn't sitting well with her boyfriend Nick Young, who feels terrible for her and worries about it being a distraction - to her career and his.

Nick Young, Iggy Azalea

In the wake of bombshell reports that the alleged Iggy tape is under review by Vivid, the NBA player is said to be distraught about the whole situation.

"He hates it on so many levels," said a source. "If it is true, he doesn't believe it's him in the video, but he feels terrible for Iggy and what it would do to her."

"Plus, with the NBA season coming about next month and with him being on the Lakers, he knows so much off-court attention will be brought to it and him."

"That is the nightmare scenario for him," the source added of Nick Young. "He really hopes that this is not true, and, if it's true, that it never comes out."

Vivid co-chairman Steven Hirsch said in a statement: "I believe there would be a huge demand for her sex tape. Iggy has proved that she's an amazing talent."

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CBS made a last-minute decision to drop Rihanna from performing during last night’s Ravens-Steelers NFL pregame show, leading fans to note the obvious irony.

Instead of a performance featuring the singer, the network instead aired commentary about Ray Rice, the disgraced former Baltimore running back.

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The video of Rice knocking out Janay Palmer which surfaced this week led to his release and indefinite suspension, while embroiling the NFL in controversy.

Rihanna, of course, can feel Palmer's pain, and like Rice's now-wife, famously took back her abuser romantically even after he pummeled her brutally.

She and Chris Brown have broken up a second time, but it's impossible not to note the parallels, and the incongruence of Rihanna getting nixed by CBS.

The league is facing major backlash for failing to take harsher action against Ray, initially suspending him for just two games before this video leaked.

Some have speculated that they saw this video prior to this week, or that the powers that be didn't try too hard to track it down. Either way, the NFL looks terrible.

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Beloved former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow is joining the team at Good Morning America as a contributor, according to a report from ABC News directly.

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The ESPN analyst and former University of Florida standout was a special guest host on the program this past January prior to Super Bowl XLVIII.

ABC said that Tebow will help with the show's Motivate Me Monday series, reporting from the studio on inspirational stories from towns across the U.S.

Hard to think of a better role for Tebow, whose positive attitude, public embrace of his faith and telegenic charisma made him one of the biggest NFL draws.

That was disproportionate to his football abilities. Despite a successful 2011 season with Denver, he could not land another starting QB job in the pros.

Or even a roster spot. He has not played since 2012. But the man is going places, and it's hard to blame GMA for trying to create a TV brand of Tebowing.

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Giancarlo Stanton, the Florida Marlins outfielder who many considered the best young power hitter in baseball, was hit in the face by an 88 MPH pitch from Mike Fiers last night.

The scary incident took place in the fifth inning of Florida’s 4-2 loss to Milwaukee, with manager Mike Redmond confirming after the game that Stanton is likely out for the season.

He suffered multiple facial fractures and dental damages as a result of the beaning, which you can see here. (WARNING: It's frightening stuff.)

Stanton lay on the ground motionless for several minutes, bleeding from his face, before he was carted off on a stretcher.

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Oscar Pistorius has been found guilty of culpable homicide in the 2013 death of Reeva Steenkamp, one day after being found not guilty of murder.

Culpable homicide, or negligent killing, is different from murder or premeditated murder, and will likely carry a lesser sentence. How much lesser?

Judge Thokozile Masipa, who previously found Pistorius not guilty of murder, will make that decision, and a wide range of options could be on the table.

Pistorius could receive anything from a suspended sentence and a fine to up to 15 years in prison at his sentencing, to be announced at a later date.

The athlete was also convicted on one of three unrelated firearm charges stemming from the shocking slaying of Reeva Steenkamp, his live-in girlfriend.

Pistorius was acquitted on two other gun charges, including a count of firing a gun in public and a count of illegal possession of ammunition in his Pretoria home.

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Having remained silent throughout his months-long trial, the judge in the Oscar Pistorius murder case reached a verdict to decide the Olympic athlete's fate Thursday:

Pistorius cannot be found guilty of intentionally killing Reeva Steenkamp, the judge ruled. As such, under South African law, Pistorius will not be found guilty of "murder."

The proceedings continue, and Pistorius faces other possible verdicts, including culpable homicide, that could still land him behind bars. But not for murder.

The verdict came from Judge Thokozile Masipa alone, as South Africa does not have jury trials. The 66-year-old said she did not come to her decision lightly.

Pistorius gunned down girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day 2013, in what defense lawyers say was a terrible mistake, believing she was an intruder.

State prosecutors argued it was premeditated murder, but a lesser murder charge or negligent killing, both of which call for years in jail, were also on the table.

Experts pointed to Masipa's record of tough action against criminals who victimized women as indicators that she would not be easily swayed by Pistorius' dubious story.

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Ray Rice's abuse of hard liquor was a big factor in him knocking out Janay Palmer, according to a new report, and he's sworn off the stuff as a result.

He still drinks, though. Just not the hard stuff.

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The NFL star told the Baltimore Ravens he and his then-fiancee were drinking A LOT before the altercation in which Ray Rice knocked out Janay Palmer.

Rice told his employer and his friends that this was a catalyst, and he becomes a different person when he hits the bottle, so he decided to "change his life."

Not that much. He still drinks wine and other alcohol ... just no spirits. Whatever his reasoning, she stood by him; Palmer married Rice after the attack.

Moreover, Ray and Janay Rice say that they've become immersed in religion since the ugly February incident; they were both baptized in March.

They decided to become Born again Christians, and have even done religious mentoring with other couples, including NFL players and their wives.

If that's true, it's as far from this as you can get:

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