Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been released on a $15,000 bond. Peterson was arrested on charges of child abuse. Shortly after his arrest photos surfaced that showed marks left all over his son’s body from a tree branch, also known as a switch.

Peterson was placed into police custody at 1:06 a.m. on Saturday morning and released just 30 minutes later.

On Friday Peterson’s attorney Rusty Hardin said the NFL star never meant to hurt his son. Hardin claims, “Adrian is a loving father who used his judgment as a parent to discipline his son. He used the same kind of discipline with his child that he experienced as a child growing up in East Texas.”

“Adrian has never hidden from what happened. He has cooperated fully with authorities and voluntarily testified before the grand jury for several hours,” he said. “Adrian will address the charges with the same respect and responsiveness he has brought to this inquiry from its beginning. It is important to remember that Adrian never intended to harm his son and deeply regrets the unintentional injury.”

Hardin is the same attorney who successfully represented Roger Clemens in his perjury trial. He also represented Los Angeles Lakers forward Jordan Hill after he assaulted his former girlfriend. Hill received one year probation for his crime.

Immediately following Peterson’s arrest, the Minnesota Vikings placed him on the inactive player roster for Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots.

Peterson must still surrender himself to Houston police, although a timeline for that surrender has not been set. His attorney revealed, “We are just obligated to try to get it done as soon as possible, which we intend to honor.”

The loss of Adrian Peterson is a big blow to the Vikings offense. In the last eight seasons Peterson ran for 10,190 yards and 86 touchdowns.

The NFL has come under direct fire lately for the way it has handled cases of domestic abuse. With Ray Rice recently handed an indefinite suspension, and cases pending against  Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy and Ray McDonald of the San Francisco 49ers, it will be interesting to see how NFL commissioner Roger Goodell proceeds with this case.

The NFL front office has not yet commented on the Adrian Peterson child abuse scandal.

For all talk about Adrian Peterson’s fathering decisions, he has shown a strong desire to be a good father. Last season the star running back found out he had a 2-year-old son in South Dakota. A short time later Peterson found out that the boy was brutally beaten by his mother’s boyfriend. Peterson rushed to the hospital, but the boy tragically passed away. The man who killed his son will go on trial next month and is facing second-degree murder charges.

[Photo Credit: Mike Morbeck]

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