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Adrian Peterson Says He “Won’t Ever Use A Switch Again” To Punish His Children

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Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is very, very, very sorry about what he did to his 4-year-old son earlier this year when he used a switch to discipline him and left several bad bruises on the boy’s legs. Earlier this week, a short time after Peterson was suspended for the remainder of the 2014-15 NFL season by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, he sat down for an interview with USA Today. And while he didn’t go into great detail about what made him hit his son with a switch, he did say that he doesn’t plan on disciplining any of his children in that way ever again.

“I won’t ever use a switch again,” he said. “There’s different situations where a child needs to be disciplined as far as timeout, taking their toys away, making them take a nap. There’s so many different ways to discipline your kids.”

Peterson also said that, while he refused to meet with Commissioner Goodell late last week to talk about the disciplinary action that was going to be taken against him, he’s hoping to sit down with him sometime in the near future to explain just how sorry he is for doing what he did to his son.

“Ultimately, I know I’ll have my opportunity to sit down with Roger face to face, and I’ll be able to say a lot of the same things that I’ve said to you,” he told USA Today. “Don’t say that I’m not remorseful, because in my statement, I showed that I was remorseful. I regretted everything that took place. I love my child, more than anyone could ever imagine.”

The question now is: Does this change the way that you feel about Peterson? Obviously, he has to say some of the things that he said to USA Today if he wants to get back into peoples’ good graces and make a return to the NFL. But it doesn’t change what he did and, depending on how you feel about corporal punishment, it might not change the way you feel about Peterson’s parenting tactics.

The good thing is that, at the very least, Peterson is now trying to make amends for his legal issues and trying to make things right with the NFL. But is it too late? Is he going to get a second chance in the NFL? And will the Vikings take him back after everything that Peterson has put them through in recent months?

We should know the answers to those questions in the coming weeks. In the meantime, let us know how you feel about what Peterson said to USA Today. Is he truly a changed man now?

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