Adrian Peterson has been reinstated by the Minnesota Vikings and told he will be able to suit up and play against the New Orleans Saints this Sunday.
The superstar running-back became a hot topic last Friday when it was revealed that he had been indicted for child abuse after repeatedly whipping his four-year son.
Peterson was arrested at the weekend before getting released after he posted a $15,000 bond.
Support from Barkley
But despite his release, Peterson has still received mass condemnation and disapproval for his actions.
Many believe the Vikings should trade away Peterson, but former NBA superstar and now sports commentator, Charles Barkley, believes that Peterson did nothing wrong and should be allowed to whip his child if he wants.
"I am from the south and so is Adrian Peterson. We do that all the time," Barkley explained on CBS Sports on Sunday.
Barkley's support for Peterson has not been mirrored across the league, with many former NFL players, including Boomer Esiason, showing their disapproval.
"I understand Boomer's rage and anger," Barkley continued, referring to Esaison's comments. "But you've got to understand that he's a white guy and I'm a black guy.
"I don't know where he's from, I'm from the south. We do that all the time. We spank kids in the south."
See the video below for the full interview.
Although Barkley's comments are quite absurd, and speak of a time when spanking was more acceptable back in the 1960's when he was growing up, he does admit that Peterson may have gone overboard when you consider Peterson's son suffered bruises on his scrotum.
"I think the question is more did Adrian Peterson go overboard? We all grow up in different environments," added Barkley. "Every black parent in my neighbourhood would be in jail under those circumstances."
It will be interesting to see what the Vikings do with Adrian Peterson going forward, with the star running-back expected to play against the Saints this Sunday.
It is understood that Minnesota want to try and see how the situation plays out, but reports have suggested that the NFC North team could be willing to trade him if more gruesome details of his child abuse come to light.
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