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Adrian Peterson I'm a Super Dad

11/9/2014 7:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
1109-adrian-peterson-daughter-donuts-TWITTER-01Adrian Peterson wants everyone to know he's a super dad ... so he dropped a picture of himself online Saturday that can be summed up with one word -- REALLY?!

Peterson tweeted a pic behind a cardboard cutout of "Super Dad" ... with his head in the empty hole -- alongside his young daughter.

The caption read, "My beautiful daughter A'deja. Dad's & Donuts Day. #LOVE "

Now we know it's a nice gesture ... but with his history of child abuse -- see here and here -- is it really a wise decision to tout yourself as "Super Dad" online?!


Adrian Peterson PROBATION IN CHILD ABUSE CASE Plus 80 Hours of Comm. Service

11/4/2014 11:26 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Adrian Peterson has been sentenced to probation in his child abuse case -- and will be subjected to random drug tests. 

The Minnesota Vikings player just appeared in a Texas courtroom where a judge signed off on his plea deal ... in which the original felony child abuse charge was reduced to misdemeanor domestic violence in exchange for a no contest plea.

Peterson was also sentenced to 80 hours of community service and ordered to pay a $4,000 fine. 

After the hearing, Peterson addressed the media, saying, "I want to say I truly regret this incident. I take full responsibility for my actions. I love my son, more than anyone of you could even imagine."

Adrian Peterson Costume Hits L.A. It Was Only a Matter of Time

10/25/2014 7:28 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

You knew it would happen ... and last night in Los Angeles we got THAT guy -- you know, the one who dressed up as Adrian Peterson for Halloween and whipped a toy baby with a switch.

It may seem a little over the line ... but you know every costume party this year is gonna have at least one person wearing the purple #28 jersey.

And besides, it's not like he dressed up as Ray Rice!

Oh wait ... someone already did that too.


Adrian Peterson Judge I Ain't Goin' Nowhere

10/22/2014 2:09 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

Prosecutors in the Adrian Peterson child abuse case have a tough fight ahead of them ... they tried to 86 the judge for trashing them ... and they just failed.

Another judge has ruled ... Judge Kelly Case will continue to preside in the trial ... even after calling the district attorney and Adrian's attorney "media whores."

TMZ broke the story ... the D.A. demanded and got an apology from the judge ... but they wanted more -- they wanted him off the case.  Judge Case wouldn't budge, so prosecutors went to the wall with another judging ... claiming Case harbors a personal grudge against the D.A.

The second judge said prosecutors must show compelling evidence that Case is biased ... and they failed.

So Case is still on the case.


Adrian Peterson I Didn't Charge an Orgy Hotel Room to My Charity!

10/7/2014 2:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News
Adrian Peterson did not use funds from his charity to pay for a hotel room where an orgy allegedly took place ... and claims he's never taken money from his charity for his own personal use.

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported this week, Peterson was accused of using a credit card linked to his charity to pay for a hotel room in 2011 for himself, his brother, his uncle and four women. 

But a rep for Peterson's foundation tells TMZ Sports ... Peterson has never used a foundation credit card for any personal expenses. In fact, the rep says Peterson never even had a foundation credit card. 

The report specifically names Peterson's uncle as the one who used the credit card on a hotel room in 2011 ... but the foundation rep says the uncle never had a card either.

Peterson also denies what took place in the hotel room was an "orgy," but does admit some people had sex that night. His rep says the foundation has had some issues through the years, but since Adrian cleaned house in 2011 ... it's donated $1.4 million to charities.

Vikings Tom Johnson Here's Video Proof Cops Assaulted ME Before Nightclub Arrest

10/7/2014 1:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Vikings player Tom Johnson says cops left out a big part of the story surrounding his arrest -- which is that officers physically assaulted him before taking him into custody ... and he's now come forward with video.

Johnson was arrested early Sunday morning in Minneapolis ... after police say he refused to leave a nightclub. Johnson was pepper sprayed, and eventually tased before they arrested him.

But Johnson's reps say there was no reason for officers to tase him ... and they feel that's obvious from this video the Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle shot on his phone. In the clip ... Johnson is recording 2 officers as they leave the club, and he asks them, "Do you feel good about it?"

He's referring to the fact he had just been pepper sprayed. One cop responds, "Got your ID on you?"

Johnson's reps say right after that ... the cop "slapped Johnson's hand and arm knocking his cell phone to the ground and shattering the screen." They say the officer tased him when Johnson reached for the phone.

The police report says Johnson was tased because he was "uncooperative."

Johnson's reps say they are strongly considering filing a lawsuit.

Minnesota Vikings Player TASED & PEPPER SPRAYED ... At Minneapolis 'Ultralounge'

10/6/2014 7:49 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Tom Johnson was TASED by cops at a Minneapolis nightclub ... BECAUSE PEPPER SPRAY DIDN'T STOP HIM ... this according a police report obtained by TMZ Sports

Johnson was arrested early Sunday morning at Seven Steakhouse Sushi Ultralounge Skybar -- where he was allegedly causing trouble around 3AM. 

According to the police report, Johnson was told to leave the building -- but refused ... so cops decided to break out the pepper spray.

But Johnson -- 6'3", 288 lbs --  wasn't fazed ... so cops broke out the stun gun.

He was eventually taken into custody and booked for disorderly conduct and trespassing.

Johnson posted $78 bail -- and was released later that day. He's due back in court on Oct. 17.

Johnson's agent has told the media he was confident the Viking's player would be exonerated.

Adrian Peterson Investigated for Sexual Assault And Cleared

9/26/2014 2:49 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
NFL star Adrian Peterson was the target of a criminal sexual assault investigation, but authorities ultimately cleared him ... TMZ Sports has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us ... the alleged incident occurred in 2011 at a party in Eden Prairie, a suburb of Minneapolis. We're told ... the woman complained to authorities and Adrian denied anything occurred without the woman's consent.

A criminal investigation was opened, and numerous witnesses were interviewed. Peterson's lawyer, Peter Wold, tells TMZ ... "all witnesses who we interviewed concurred with Adrian's story."  Further, Wold tells us ... authorities tested 3 DNA samples ... 2 excluded Peterson and one was inconclusive.

Wold also says Peterson submitted to a polygraph test and the results showed he was truthful and the authorities closed the case and no charges were ever filed.

The attorney calls the allegation "a bogus story that has nothing to do with reality." 

Peterson currently faces criminal child abuse charges.

Adrian Peterson in '12 I Hated How My Parents Disciplined Me ... But It Worked

9/23/2014 6:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Adrian Peterson says he HATED the way his parents physically disciplined him while he was growing up -- but believed it was effective ... and that's why he treats his kids the same way. 

AP opened up about his childhood -- and his disdain for the way he was punished -- during a 2012 interview with Graham Bensinger ... saying: 

"I feel like I just have to teach [my kids] the ropes along the way and stay on them and really be disciplined ... not to the point where they’re hating you when they’re older, like my dad did and my mom did growing up," Peterson said. 

The NFL star -- who's now facing child abuse charges after beating his 4-year-old son with a tree branch -- went on to explain why even though he "hated" his parents at times, he believes their tough love instilled important values that he wants to pass on to his own children. 

In the end, Peterson says he's an A+ father who's raising his kids the right way.

'Supernanny' Jo Frost I CAN HELP ADRIAN PETERSON ... Contacts NFL Execs

9/19/2014 7:47 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Can Supernanny save Adrian Peterson???  

She thinks so ... and now TMZ Sports has learned Jo Frost has reached out the to NFL offering to help the embattled running back. 

The reality star and parenting expert -- who recently worked with Peterson on an EpiPen promotional campaign -- says she was "very saddened" when she saw how AP disciplined his child ... and felt compelled to help. 

Frost says she strongly believes she can teach Peterson how to be an effective parent WITHOUT using violence -- and has contacted both the NFL and Peterson to offer her expertise. 

"He needs parental coaching, "Frost says ... "And I hope he picks up the phone."

Cris Carter I'm Pulling for Ray Rice

9/17/2014 10:42 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

He lashed out at Adrian Peterson ... but when it comes to Ray Rice, Cris Carter tells TMZ Sports he's rooting for the NFL star to get his life back together. 

Carter was on his way to the White House when he told us he stands by his emotional statements on Peterson -- saying he still strongly believes the Vikings should keep him off the field. 

But when we asked about Rice, the NFL Hall of Famer told us he hopes the former Ravens running back can redeem himself ... and strongly believes he'll be able to get his life back together.

As for why Carter is at the White House -- he's set to speak on a panel about his battle with substance abuse and recovery.

Minnesota Vikings No Trace of Radisson At Today's Press Conference

9/17/2014 9:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Didn't take long for the Minnesota Vikings to scrub all signs of the Radisson after the hotel suspended its relationship with the NFL team ... because the logo is noticeably absent on the team banner at today's news conference. 

The team is setting up to address the media -- and swapped out the backdrop, which used to prominently display the Radisson logo to one that just has the Vikings emblem on it. 

The Radisson has suspended its relationship with the team after its logo appeared behind team reps earlier in the week when they announced they would be REINSTATING Peterson. 


After intense public backlash, the team eventually reversed course ... but the damage was already done. 

Team owner Zygi Wilf just said, "We made a mistake."

"Adrian will be away from the team," Wilf said.

Adrian Peterson NIKE SUSPENDS CONTRACT 'We Don't Condone Domestic Violence'

9/17/2014 8:54 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
0917-adrian-peterson-splash-nikeIt was only a matter of time ... but Nike has announced it has suspended its endorsement contract with Adrian Peterson

The Swoosh just issued a statement saying, "Nike in no way condones child abuse or domestic violence of any kind and has shared our concerns with the NFL."

"We have suspended our contract with Adrian Peterson."

The timing is interesting ... considering AP left his house in Minnesota Tuesday covered head-to-toe in Nike gear.

It's almost like when Nike saw AP repping the brand in public, it seemed to be the final straw.  

It's a huge step for Nike considering Peterson was one of the brands BIGGEST stars. The fact Nike has suspended the contract and has not dropped him entirely gives them the ability to reactivate him when they feel  the time is right. 

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