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Adrian Peterson Swings Back at Charity Criticism

The Minnesota Vikings star, who was recently charged with beating his child, challenged a newspaper report about his charity.

Embattled Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson took to Twitter on Tuesday to try and knock down a Minneapolis Star Tribune report that alleged that some donations listed as being spent by his charity were never received. In a series of tweets, Peterson blamed incidents in 2009 that included a gift of $70,000 that the purported donor said they never received on an accountant’s typo. He said that while a Maryland organization contacted by the paper denied receiving any money, the gift actually went to a California organization of the same name.

“There is no question that prior to 2011, issues existed with the administration of Adrian's foundation. When this was brought to his attention, Adrian made changes to the organization and brought in new leadership,” Peterson’s attorney Rusty Hardin said in a statement. He said the charity has since donated more than $1.4 million to various causes, including many that benefit children. “Adrian and his family are understandably proud of the foundation and the good work that it has done and continues to do,” Hardin added. The NFL star is under the spotlight after he was charged with child abuse for beating his 4-year-old son with a “switch” in Texas. The Vikings placed him on paid leave after the indictment. He was due in court Wednesday.



- Phil Helsel