More Crisis for the NFL; Now Child Abuse Charges

Public outcry over Minnesota Vikings allowing Adrian Peterson to play while charges of child abuse are filed.
2:06 | 09/15/14

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We turn now to breaking news from the NFL tonight. A football star under scrutiny this evening, now defending himself. Adrian Peterson accused of using a tree branch to discipline his son. He's offering an explanation. And his team now saying he can play. ABC's Ryan smith with what the player said, the dad defending himself, and the reaction already coming in. Reporter: Tonight, the Minnesota vikings welcoming back their embattled star Adrian Peterson, just three days after he was arrested on child abuse charges. Announcing he now will play in Sunday's game. Based on the extensive information that we have right now, and what we know about Adrian not only as a person, but what he has also done for this community, we leave he deserves to play while the legal process plays out. Reporter: Peterson, seen here in this smiling mug shot, is charged with hitting his 4-year-old son with a tree branch, causing welts and bruises. Today, he says, "No one can understand the hurt that I feel for my son and for the harm I caused him. I am not a perfect parent, but I am, without a doubt, not a child abuser." Peterson, one of the NFL's biggest stars, earning over $11 million a year. So popular, he was featured on a wheaties box. If the vikings want to let the facts play themselves out and give Peterson due process, that's totally up to them. But if it was me, I wouldn't be doing it. Reporter: Yet another crisis for the NFL. Today, ravens star ray rice, seen on tape punching his wife, will appeal his indefinite suspension. Commissioner roger Goodell, meantime, an invisible man, canceling appearances. Today, the NFL appointing three women to serve as senior advisers. One of them a former top Manhattan sex crimes prosecutor. In a memo, roger Goodell saying they will help lead and shape the NFL's policies. And the NFL has appointed a new vice president of social responsibility to oversee the effort, also a woman. Perhaps a nod to the 93 million women who watch NFL football, David. A lot of women watch NFL football. Ryan, thank you.

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