CONROE, Texas (Associated Press) — Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson avoided jail time on Tuesday in a plea agreement reached with prosecutors to resolve his child abuse case.
Peterson pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of reckless assault under the deal that Montgomery County state District Judge Kelly Case approved during a court hearing. A no contest plea isn’t an admission of guilt but is treated as such for sentencing.
He received what is essentially probation, was fined $4,000 and must complete parenting classes and perform 80 hours of community service.
“I truly regret this incident. I take full responsibility for my actions,” Peterson told reporters after accepting the plea deal. “I’m just glad this is over and I can put this behind me.”
While the case was pending, he was not allowed to have contact with his son. Peterson and his attorney said he is looking forward to getting back to having a relationship with the boy.
“Adrian wants to get on with his life, have a relationship with his son and get back to playing football.”
Peterson has been on paid leave from the Vikings under a special exemption from the NFL commissioner to take care of his legal problems. It was not immediately clear how the plea deal would affect his playing status.