Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson’s two-year old son in critical condition in a Sioux Falls hospital, report say.
Several reports have said that Peterson missed practice Thursday to travel to South Dakota after he received news about his son’s health.
Sean Jensen of the St. Paul Pioneer Press said via Twitter on Friday morning that he spoke with Nelson Peterson, Adrian’s father, who told him that the child is indeed Adrian’s.
“We are asking for prayers and for respect for our family as deal with this tragic situation,” Nelson Peterson told Jensen. ESPN’s John Clayton confirmed the report.
TMZ.com reported Friday morning that Peterson’s son was in critical condition after he suffered a severe beating at the hands of 27-year-old Joseph Patterson, who had been dating the boy’s mother. Law enforcement officials told TMZ that emergency responders arrived at the house on Wednesday afternoon, only to find the boy unresponsive, with multiple head injuries that were “consistent with abuse.