MINNEAPOLIS – One of Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson’s children, a 2-year-old son, has died from injuries after an alleged assault by the boyfriend of the child’s mother, the Sioux Falls, S.D., police department said in a news release.
Police are withholding the child’s name at the request of the family. Police spokesman Sam Clemens said the state attorney’s office is reviewing the case to consider additional charges against 27-year-old Joseph Patterson.
Patterson was charged with aggravated assault and aggravated battery of an infant. His bond was set at $750,000.
Peterson, voted the league’s most valuable player last season, talked to media at team headquarters and asked for privacy.
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“I really appreciate all the support that I’ve been receiving from fans, the Vikings organization,” Peterson said. “This is a private matter and I would ask you all to please just respect my privacy and not ask at all about the situation at hand. Thanks.”
Peterson, 28, spoke about an hour after the time of his son’s death and said he will play against Carolina.
“I’ll be ready to roll, focused,” Peterson said. “I will be playing Sunday, without a doubt.”
Later Friday, after news of the child’s death spread, Peterson used Twitter to thank his family, Minnesota fans and fans of other NFL 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,” Peterson tweeted.
Jets’ Winslow is suspended
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – Tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. of the New York Jets was suspended without pay for four games by the league for violating its policy on performance-enhancing substances.
Winslow, who leads the Jets in receptions with 17, is immediately beginning his suspension, meaning he will sit out Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
“It came as a huge surprise to me when I learned that I tested positive for a banned substance,” Winslow, 30, said in a statement issued by his publicist. “I have investigated all possible sources since learning of the positive test, including possible medical causes, but frustratingly, I do not know the source.
“I do not take supplements that list any banned ingredients, but the NFL policy is very strict, so I am accountable for the results.”
Suh’s fine upheld
Detroit defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh lost an appeal of the $100,000 fine against him, taking a financial hit for a block below the belt.
Suh’s agent, Roosevelt Barnes, said he was notified Friday of the appeal officer’s decision. The six-figure fine was the largest in league history for on-field conduct, not including money lost by players because of suspensions. It surpassed the $87,500 Chicago Bears linebacker Bryan Cox was docked in 1996 for making an obscene gesture to a line judge and screaming obscenities.
Suh, 26, was fined for a sixth time in his four-year career on Sept. 10, two days after making an illegal block on Vikings center John Sullivan.
Suh apologized to Sullivan, and to teammates for negating an interception return for a touchdown in Detroit’s season-opening victory.
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