Adrian Peterson’s probation stemming from his child abuse case has been lifted by a judge despite not fulfilling all of the necessary requirements of the probation.
Peterson plead guilty to misdemeanor reckless assault in November 2014.
Here are the details from KHOU.com:
The judge in the Adrian Peterson child abuse case has ended the NFL star running back’s probation early and amid controversy he didn’t fulfill all of its requirements.
Peterson pleaded guilty to misdemeanor reckless assault in November 2014. He admitted hitting his 4-year-old son with a switch at his home in The Woodlands as a form of discipline. As part of a plea agreement, Peterson was sentenced to two years probation with a number of conditions. Those included performing 80 hours of community service and “preparing and performing a public service announcement concerning child discipline.”
But Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon said that PSA about positive parenting never happened.
“We were trying to turn a negative situation into a positive, and the judge waiving that requirement kind of robbed us of the opportunity to take a bad situation and turn it into something good for the community,” Ligon told the KHOU 11 News I-Team by phone Wednesday evening.
This is a rather interesting move by the judge considering the attention this case received at the time and that a child was involved. I’m not sure exactly why in this case the judge has elected to terminate the probation early, unless Peterson was demonstrating strong initiative behind the scenes.
I’m not sure if this is a case of the judge giving Peterson a get out of jail free card simply because of his status or what, but it is certain to raise a few eyebrows in the process.