Free agent running back Adrian Peterson has agreed to take 20 courses over the next six months on domestic violence and alcohol abuse.
Peterson’s agreement comes after he was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence in February, per a spokesperson for the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office. That incident centered around a “verbal and physical altercation” onboard an aircraft and caused the flight to return to the gate so that Peterson could be removed.
The longtime NFL veteran signed on for the sessions during a pre-filing hearing Friday held in place of a traditional prosecution, spokesman Rob Wilcox relayed.
Adrian Peterson in hot water again
Adrian Peterson, 36, has a public history of infractions dealing with assault. He was infamously suspended for the 2014 football season after being charged with felony child abuse for hitting his then-four-year-old son with a switch, just two years after he won league MVP. In 2018, he admitted that he still used physical harm to punish his children, including spankings with a belt.
According to the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), they received a call around 8:30 a.m. PST involving possible domestic abuse between a man and woman on an outbound flight to Houston. Peterson was later arrested and released on a $50,000 bond.
The longtime Minnesota Viking-turned-journeyman received public support from his wife, Ashley, who claimed that he never struck her.
“On Sunday, Adrian and I had a verbal argument,” Peterson’s wife said on Instagram two days after the February arrest. “Unfortunately it was on an airplane. At no point did Adrian hit or strike me. This is a private matter between my husband and myself. We ask that everyone respect our privacy so we can focus on what matters most: our children.”
Peterson was most recently employed by the Seattle Seahawks, who signed him to their practice squad after he saw three games of work with the Tennessee Titans. Despite finishing the year on injured reserve, Peterson said that he plans to return for his 16th season in the fall.
“AP” ranks fifth all-time in rushing yards and is unsigned at the current time.