UPDATE: Adrian Peterson’s First Court Hearing Delayed To October
CONROE, Texas (AP) - Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson's first court appearance in Texas on a child abuse charge has been delayed until October.
Peterson has been indicted on a charge of reckless or negligent injury to a child and faces up to two years in prison and a $10,000 fine if found guilty. He said Monday he never intended to harm his 4-year-old son by spanking him with a wooden switch earlier this year.
His arraignment was scheduled for Wednesday, but it was delayed to Oct. 8 because his attorney, Rusty Hardin, is out of the country this week.
After benching him Sunday, the Vikings announced Monday that they had reinstated Peterson.
Meanwhile, Peterson has issued a statement after being charged with child abuse and says he is "sorry about the hurt I have brought to my child."
Peterson issued his statement on Monday a few hours after the Vikings reinstated him to the team. Peterson was charged last weekend after he struck his 4-year-old son with a tree branch as a form of discipline earlier this summer.
Peterson says he has met with a psychologist and "I have to live with the fact that when I disciplined my son the way I was disciplined as a child, I caused an injury that I never intended or thought would happen."
Peterson says he's not perfect, but also says "without a doubt I am not a child abuser."