Adrian_Peterson_2010Adrian Peterson, running back for the Minnesota Vikings, has been indicted for a felony charge of reckless or negligent injury to a child and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Peterson’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, said the charge involved using a switch to spank his son. According to Sports Radio 610 in Houston, in May Peterson removed the leaves from a tree branch and used it to punish his child after he pushed another one of Peterson’s children off of a motorbike video game. The boy had cuts and bruises from his lower back to his ankles.

Though a grand jury from earlier in the summer decided not to charge him, a second new jury has.

Hardin elaborated that Peterson will give “full cooperation with authorities who have been looking into this matter. Adrian is a loving father who used his judgment as a parent to discipline his son…Adrian has never hidden from what happened.” He also claimed that Peterson never intended to harm his son and regrets the injuries.

However, Peterson believes he gave his son the punishment he would have received as a child and that kind of discipline would foster better manners and behavior.

Additionally, last year a 2-year-old son of Peterson’s died after a man who was dating his mother assaulted him. The case goes to trial in October. Because of his son’s death, Peterson started a charity foundation for at-risk youth.

The multitude of contradictions between Peterson’s actions and words could be considered unsettling at best.

The Vikings responded that the team is gathering more information, but Peterson will not play on Sunday against the New England Patriots.

In light of the recent release of the Ray Rice video where he punched his then fianceé in April, the NFL will feel even more pressure for how it handles abusive behavior from its players. Its new domestic-violence policy stipulates a six-game suspension for a first offense, but harsher penalties may ensue if the violence involves children. Though the league named Peterson most valuable player in 2012 for rushing 2,097 yards, nearly breaking the record for a single-season, his career will face at least some halt as this legal situation unfolds.