Peterson has confirmed that he will play in today’s game against the Carolina Panthers, saying in a statement that playing with his brothers is how he is able to handle, yet grieve for his son.
Sadly, the two year old son of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has died in a Sioux Falls, SD hospital, the victim of a man his mother was dating.
On last Friday, NFL media learned that the young boy suffered head injuries consistent with abuse.
Petersons father, Nelson Peterson came forward to press and identified the toddler to be his sons child.
The Vikings player went to his Twitter account to address his sons death.
“Thank you to my family, my fans and fans of other teams for their support. The NFL is a fraternity of brothers and I am thankful for the tweets, phone calls and text messages from my fellow players. God Bless everyone and thank u so much,” Peterson wrote in three tweets.
Police arrested Richard Patterson,27, and originally arrested him for aggravated assault and aggravated assault on an infant.
Both the child and the child’s mother were living with Patterson at the time of the death. Police learned that the mother was not at the home, but left Paarerson to care for the boy.
Patterson has a history of assault and abuse on women and their children. In fact, the mother of his child currently has an order of protection against him.
Lincoln County State’s Attorney Tom Wollman says that additional charges will be added to Pattersons case at a later date.