Sports Report: Adrian Peterson Accused Of Second Set Of Child Abuse Charges After Reinstatement
In Monday Night Football, Cody Parkey hit a 36-yard field goal as time expired to complete Philadelphia's comeback in a 30-27 win over the Colts. Nick Foles hit Jeremy Maclin for a six-yard TD with 3:25 left and drove the 2-0 Eagles down field for the winning kick after the Colts went three-and-out. Andrew Luck put the Colts ahead in the fourth quarter with his third touchdown pass of the game, but his lone interception set up the Eagles' tying TD.
Off the field, Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson was accused yesterday in a separate child abuse incident involving another son who was 4 years old at the time. The running back’s lawyer says the allegations were unfounded and more than a year old. Peterson was indicted by a grand jury on charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child on Friday where he’s accused of striking his 4-year-old son with a tree branch this summer.. Meanwhile the Vikings reinstated Peterson yesterday after being suspended on the first set of abuse charges. The Vikings say he will play on Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.
Peterson has issued a statement after being charged with child abuse, saying he's sorry for hurting his child.
The running back says he has met with a psychologist and has to live with the fact that the discipline caused an injury he never intended to happen.
Peterson says he's not perfect, but also says "without a doubt I am not a child abuser."
The NFL Players Association will appeal the indefinite suspension the league handed to Ray Rice last week. Union spokesman George Atallah told The Associated Press the appeal is expected to be requested before tomorrow night's deadline. Rice originally was suspended two games under the NFL's personal conduct policy for striking his then-fiancee in a hotel elevator, but the ban was increased when videotape of that incident was made public.
Three experts in domestic violence will serve as consultants to the NFL.
Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a memo to league officials saying the three women will help lead and shape the league policies and programs relating to domestic violence and sexual assault. He has been under heavy criticism for his handling of the domestic abuse case involving star running back Ray Rice.
New York Giants cornerback Walter Thurmond is going to miss the remainder of the season with a torn pectoral muscle. The Giants announced yesterday that the former Seattle Seahawk will have surgery today. He was hurt in Sunday's loss to the Arizona Cardinals.
UPDATE 7:05 AM:
The Radisson hotel chain is suspending its sponsorship of the Minnesota Vikings after star running back Adrian Peterson was charged with child abuse in Texas.
In a statement Monday, Minnetonka-based Radisson said it "takes this matter very seriously particularly in light of our long-standing commitment to the protection of children."
Radisson says it's suspending its limited sponsorship of the Vikings "while we evaluate the facts and circumstances."
Radisson's sponsorship includes a press banner that is behind those speaking at Vikings news conferences.
Peterson is accused of using a wooden switch to spank his 4-year-old son. The running back says he was using a form of discipline his father used on him as a boy.
A Vikings spokesman says the team has "respectfully honored" Radisson's request.
In Major League Baseball, in the American League, the Tampa Bay Rays beat the New York Yankees 1-0 last night. Ben Zobrist hit a game-ending single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning for the Rays – eliminating the Yankees from AL East title contention in Derek Jeter's final season. Mired in an 0-for-24 slump, Jeter was given the night off. The Orioles are another win from taking the American League East after a 5-2 victory over the second-place Blue Jays in Baltimore.
Elsewhere Kansas City edged the White Sox 4-3, Houston slid past Cleveland 3-1, Detroit beat Minnesota 8-6, and it was the Angels over Seattle 8-1. Boston had a day off.
In the National League, Miami edged the Mets 6-5, San Diego shut out Philadelphia 1-0, Washington doubled up Atlanta 4-2, the Cubs blanked Cincinnati 1-0, the Dodgers bested Colorado 11-3, and it was Arizona over San Francisco 6-2.
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