Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson caused a scar and a head wound on a second 4-year-old son while allegedly disciplining him for swearing, KHOU-TV reported on Monday.
The incident allegedly happened this past June, when the unidentified boy was visiting Peterson at his home in Spring, Texas. Peterson reportedly sent the boy's mother a photo of him with two bandages covering up the wound, which KHOU posted online:
New accusations against Adrian Paterson for injuring another son. The #KHOU I-Team has the exclusive photos at 6 p.m http://t.co/PMPTyrnR2M— Jeremy Rogalski (@Jeremy Rogalski) 1410820689.0
The boy also allegedly suffered a scar over his right eye, according to pictures Peterson sent later. The running back, who was reinstated by the Vikings on Monday, told the mother in a text message that the child "hit his head on the Carseat," but later said he disciplined the boy for swearing at a sibling.
"How does that happen, he got a whoopin in the car," she asked.
"Yep," he replied. When the woman asked why, Peterson reportedly replied, "I felt so bad. But he did it his self."
KHOU reported that the woman filed a report with Child Protective Services, but the outcome of that report is unclear.
Peterson's attorney did not comment on the report, but he said in a statement on Monday, "I am, without a doubt, not a child abuser." He was suspended from the team last week in connection with an investigation into his alleged beating of another 4-year-old son with a wooden "switch" during a visit to Peterson's home this past May.
According to KHOU, Peterson did not say whether he also used a "switch" during the incident in June, but did say the boy could have avoided the scar if he would have "be still n take ya whooping."