Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson only lately learned that he was the father of a 2-year-old boy who died after allegedly being beaten by his mother’s boyfriend.
“I found out recently that it was my son, like two months ago. I was planning on seeing him and I had talked with his mom and had gotten some things together as far as financially helping her,” Peterson, who attended the boy’s funeral Wednesday, told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
“Unfortunately, this situation took place and it’s devastating. A lot of people won’t ever understand the situation that I am in, to see it the way I’m seeing the situation. It’s tough, but I’m able to deal with that. I got a good supporting cast around me that has been supporting me at this tough time.”
The boy died last Friday in Sioux Falls, S.D., from injuries he’d suffered in the beating two days earlier. Peterson saw him in the hospital Thursday, then rejoined the team Friday and played Sunday.
Joseph Patterson was arrested on charges of aggravated assault and is being held on $750,000 bail.