The Minnesota Vikings star running back had turned himself into Montgomery County, Texas, shortly after 1 a.m. on Saturday and booked for charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child.
Reports confirm that Mr Peterson had been released shortly after being booked after posting a $15,000 bond.
The NFL star turned himself in after being indicted by a grand jury on charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child and a warrant issued for his arrest.
A police report reportedly confirmed that Peterson had used a switch taken from a tree outside his home to discipline his 4-year-old son after he allegedly pushed his brother from the bike while visiting at his Montgomery County home in May.
The report went ahead to indicate that the boy said his pants were down when Peterson hit him with the switch and also stated that the mother took the boy to a doctor, who examined him and determined the injuries were consistent with the boy’s story and consistent with physical abuse with photos obtained by Local 2 showing bruises and lacerations on his legs, arms and buttocks.
The report also stated that Patterson had called to apologise for what had happened to his son and told the mother that he did not make the switch smooth enough while administering the punishment.
Peterson’s attorney Rusty Hardin went ahead to release a statement that read, “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. 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.”
The attorney testified before the grand jury and has since co-operated fully with the authorities.
Minnesota Vikings have also released a statement that indicates that they are in the process of gathering information about the legal situation involving the star running back.
Peterson who is in his eighth NFL season has rushed for 10,115 yards through his first seven full seasons as a pro making him the fifth-most for any running back in NFL history during that specific time frame has been deactivated for the Vikings’ home game against the Patriots on Sunday.