Less than five years after he was charged with child abuse for causing his son to bruise and bleed by spanking him with a switch, Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson admitted in a recent interview that he still spanks his son with a belt as a punishment.
“I had to discipline my son and spank him the other day with a belt,” told The Bleacher Report.
In 2014, Peterson was charged with child abuse after it was discovered that he had caused bruising and bleeding on his then four-year-old son after using a switch to spank him. Peterson ended up pleading no contest to a reduced misdemeanor reckless assault charge, which resulted in a two-year probation period, a $4,000 fine, and 80 hours of community service.
But Peterson did not just face legal consequences for his actions. Additionally, the NFL suspended the MVP running back for a year, citing a lack of remorse for his actions as part of the reason for the punishment. Eventually, he was reinstated to the league and was allowed to resume his playing career.
At the time of his suspension, Peterson seemed to regret his action. Just a couple of days after he was suspended told the media that he wouldn’t ever use a switch on his children again. However, his interview with The Bleacher Report, which was published earlier this week, suggests that Peterson may not have changed his views on disciplining his kids.
“There’s different ways I discipline my kids. I didn’t let that change me,” Peterson said.
It is unclear whether Peterson could face more discipline from the NFL for admitting to using a belt to discipline his child. Ron Slavin, Peterson’s agent, released a statement which said that that “there is nothing more important to Adrian Peterson than being a good father to his children.”
Earlier this year, the American Academy of Pediatrics, an organization of 67,000 pediatricians dedicated to child well-being, released its new guidelines on spanking, claiming that the act of spanking or hitting a child is an “aversive disciplinary strategy.”