Adrian Peterson has admitted for the first time that his future almost certainly lies elsewhere after he commented on Friday about being ready for a 'fresh start' away from the Minnesota Vikings.
Peterson was indicted on charges of child abuse after week one of the NFL regular season before he was then voluntarily placed on the commissioner's exemption list.
The charges related to Peterson's decision to strike his own four-year-old son with a tree branch. Peterson has received widespread backlash for his actions but he avoided jail time with a plea deal.
Ready for a new start
Peterson had hoped to be reinstated back into the NFL this week but he was subsequently suspended for the rest of the season instead. As a result of the public backlash and negative press he has brought to the Minnesota Vikings, Peterson understands he will probably never play for the Vikings ever again, but he says he's excited about the possibility of starting afresh at a new team.
"Maybe it’s best for me to get a fresh start somewhere else," Peterson explained.
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The news is particularly interesting for Dallas Cowboys fans. With the possibility of Adrian Peterson ending up at the Cowboys moving ever closer. Dallas owner Jerry Jones will certainly be keeping a close eye on proceedings because Peterson is a Texas native and has shown a huge interest in playing for the Cowboys.
"If they release me, then so be it. I would feel good knowing that I’ve given everything I had in me," Peterson continued.
Peterson shows remorse
One of Peterson's biggest criticisms during the child abuse saga though has been that people felt he didn't show enough remorse after he was charged, but now he's been given plenty of time to think about his actions, Peterson finally understands that hitting a four-year-old in the scrotum with a tree branch is wrong.
“I made a mistake,” Peterson said. “People have painted this picture because they feel like, ‘OK, this has happened and this is what has to take place.’ But they don’t know the love that my kids have for me. It was a good feeling inside."