Source: Brent Schrotenboer / USA Today
A 2-year-old son of Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson is in critical condition in a Sioux Falls, S.D., hospital, the victim of alleged abuse by a man dating the boy’s mother, police said.
Peterson’s father Nelson confirmed Friday afternoon that the child is Adrian Peterson’s. Peterson met with the media Friday and said he still planned to play in Sunday’s game against Carolina, but declined to get into details about the case.
“I really appreciate all the support that I’ve been receiving from fans, the Vikings organization,” said Peterson, who was excused to miss Thursday’s Vikings practice before returning Friday. “This is a private matter and I would ask you all to please just respect my privacy and not ask at all about the situation at hand.”
Sioux Falls police spokesman Sam Clemens told USA TODAY Sports on Friday that the child remains hospitalized in critical condition. Tom Wollman, the prosecutor in Lincoln County, S.D., said the child is “unresponsive.”
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