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.
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.
The news of Peterson’s indictment comes on the heels of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice’s suspension from the league for an assault on his wife, Janay Rice.
While little is known about the charges against Peterson, he posted the following tweet today which may be a reference to the charges against him:
"People understand that if you are on G-d’s course and suppose to have that position and man decides to remove you know that G-d will remove everyone to place you rightfully! You matter!"
"Its your season! Weapons may form but won’t prosper! God has you covered don’t stress or worry!"
We’ll have more on this story as it develops.
UPDATE: We have posted a detailed update on Peterson’s admission of whooping his son with a switch.