NFL Star Adrian Peterson Charged With Child Abuse

The indictment comes on the heels of the Ray Rice domestic violence scandal.
3:50 | 09/13/14

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Heat and pressure on the NFL. And breaking overnight, one of its brightest stars has been charged with child abuse. The bomb shell comes as the league's commissioner is on the hot seat in the explosive ray rice domestic violence case. And Ryan smith has the latest. Good morning. Good morning. And with the NFL reeling from the fall out from the ray rice brutal beating video. One of the league's premier players, Adrian Peterson, indicted for child abuse, shining the light on the country's most popular sport and handling of domestic abuse. Overnight, Adrian Peterson making the trip from his Minnesota home to a Texas jail. Telling ABC news, the Minnesota vikings running back quickly posted $15,000 bond and was released. He was indicted by a grand jury on charges of reckless injury to a child. ESPN reporting that his 4-year-old son had injuries to his buttocks, thy and groin after Peterson spanked him with a switch. His mother took him to two doctors who suspected physical abuse and alerted police. In a statement to ABC news, Peterson's attorney saying that the star running back is cooperating and use D his judgment as a parent to discipline his son. He never intended to harm his son and regrets the injury. It's another bomb shell for roger Goodell, already reeling from the fallout of the caught on tape assault of ray rice's wife Janay. He says it was a starkly different account than was shared. Changing it from a two game suspension to indefinite. And now the NFL has launched its own investigation. That's just stunning. There's a lot more that needs to be done by the NFL. Reporter: And Greg hardy, taking the field without punishment from the NFL or the panthers, convicted in July of assaulting his ex-girlfriend. And ESPN's outside the lines has the chilling call. What's going on? Domestic violence. Some girl's getting beat upstairs. I heard it and saw if. We need the police here now before this girl gets seriously hurt, now. Reporter: The victim saying hardy pulled me from the tub by my hair, screaming that he was going to kill me and picked me up over his head and threw me on a couch covered in assault rifles and/or shotguns. And ray McDonald jailed on felony domestic abuse. They found injuries on his fiance who was 11 weeks pregnant. They have not handed it over to the district attorney. The team saying they're allowing due process. He too is set to play on Sunday. Now these headlines are devastating for the national football league. And considering half of the fan base is women, what's the fallout? Worst case scenario for the NFL, it costs roger Goodell his job. We are a long way from that. It goes with the theme of due process. Look into every aspect. Right now it's the ray rice situation. And what's interesting, how they respond. Adrian Peterson, has to play out in the courts as well. But does the NFL have to act. What does that mean? So a lot more to play out here. So ray rice suspended, and Adrian Peterson sitting out Sunday. Deactivated. Never know. Appreciate it. Now to another story breaking overnight, the massive

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