Adrian Peterson's suspension for child abuse has been gone from the rear view for quite some time now. Or, so we thought.
Peterson, who pleaded no contest to misdemeanor reckless assault in 2014 stemming from an incident in which he disciplined his then 4-year-old son with a switch, called his year-long suspension unfair in a recent interview on the television show "In Depth with Graham Bensinger."
I missed an entire season, you know? I was judged before I was actually judged, you know? But I'll accept it because it didn't break me. It made me a stronger person, a smarter, more wiser individual.
Peterson believes the media frenzy involving Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, who was accused of domestic violence against his fiancée around the same time, played a part in his punishment.
It definitely had a lot to do with it. A lot to do with it. I could go into depth about it, but I don't even want to go there. But it played a role. But I understand that. I get it. I understand that it's bigger than Adrian Peterson. It's politics.
Peterson has since apologized, but argues that he was raised to view the way he disciplined his son that day as an acceptable practice. And despite all that's happened, he says he still does.
I often think back on the times where discipline had come into play and how I felt about it then and as I got older, I was able to look back and see how it affected different decisions I made throughout my life and how it shaped me to be more of a stand-up guy and do the right things. So when I look back on it — I'm for sure, like I know — that the discipline that I received helped me become the person that I am today.
Peterson came back from his suspension to lead the league in rushing last season with 1,485 yards. He still appears to be a man on a mission, so look for a repeat.
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