Adrian Peterson will take counseling courses

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Star running back Adrian Peterson has agreed to take 20 lessons on domestic violence and alcohol counseling over the next six months following an arrest in February, multiple media outlets reported on Monday.

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Peterson, who is currently a free agent, will not face charges and avoid jail time in the decision. A spokesperson for the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office said Peterson agreed to the sessions at a pre-filing hearing held on Friday.

A former NFL MVP and fifth-best rusher in league history, Peterson was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport on February 13 following an incident that allegedly occurred while his plane was due to depart for Houston. Police were alerted to a “verbal and physical altercation between a male suspect and a female victim”.

Peterson’s wife, Ashley, defended him in a social media post the same week, saying he didn’t hit her. Peterson told Fox 26 in Houston that the couple got into a verbal argument and tried to pull her ring off her finger.

“I was literally blown away that they took me to jail,” Peterson said at the time. “They were like, ‘I’m sorry, Mr. Peterson, but because she had a scratch on her finger, (in) the state of California, we have to accommodate you.'”

Peterson, 37, was booked and released on $50,000 bond.

The longtime Minnesota Vikings star appeared in three games for the Tennessee Titans and one game for the Seattle Seahawks in 2021.

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