Adrian Peterson says he has realized the error of his ways and will no longer use a switch to discipline his kids, although critics say it's too little, too late.
In a new interview with USA Today, he says he understands why people are upset by Peterson whooping his son with a switch and vows not to do so again.
Having just been suspended by the NFL for the rest of the season following his child abuse plea bargain, the all-star running back is very, very sorry.
"There's different situations where a child needs to be disciplined as far as timeout, taking their toys away, making them take a nap," says the former MVP.
"There's so many different ways to discipline your kids. No one knows how I felt when I turned my child around after spanking him and seeing what I had left on his leg."
"No one knows that dad sat there and apologized to him, hugged him and told him that I didn't mean to do this to you and how sorry I was," Peterson says.
"Like I said after I took the misdemeanor plea, I take full responsibility for my actions. I regret the situation. I love my son more than any one of you could even imagine."
"I love my son. I love my kids, my family."
The timing of the interview is sure to raise eyebrows, seeing as Goodell accused Peterson of showing "no meaningful remorse" since his arrest for child abuse.
"You have shown no meaningful remorse for your conduct," the NFL honcho notes, acknowledging, "when indicted, you acknowledged what you did."
However, "you said you would not ‘eliminate whooping my kids’ and defended your conduct in numerous published text messages to the child’s mother."
"You also said that you felt ‘very confident with my actions because I know my intent,’" Goddell added, quoting Peterson in justifying his major suspension.
"These comments raise the serious concern that you do not fully appreciate the seriousness, or even worse, that you may feel free to engage in similar conduct."
Given that he's appealing the verdict, is this just a ploy by Peterson to curry favor with the league? Or is has he finally come around to a new outlook?
Goddell, of course, made the letter public in an obvious move to look decisive and tougher in the wake of the Ray Rice-Janay Palmer video controversy.