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Adrian Peterson’s Family and Friends Argue He Is ‘A Good Parent’

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Minnesota Vikings player Adrian Peterson has been heavily criticized in the media after he was indicted by a grand jury on charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child after he reportedly used a switch to spank his 4-year-old son, but those closest to him argue that despite that, Peterson is a good parent.

Lou Lampson is family friend and photographer who has been present to document some of Peterson’s most intimate family moments, including Peterson’s wedding, birthday parties, ice fishing trips and a christening.

When Lampson heard of the charges against the NFL player, he reached out to tell his friend that he would testify on his behalf.

“I would absolutely do it for him. Not just because he’s a friend. Because I know,” Lampson told USA TODAY Sports in a recent phone conversation. “I’ve never seen him be anything but a good parent. He’s a stern parent, but his kids listen.”

Peterson’s mother, Bonita Jackson, recently told the Houston Chronicle her son has six children and Peterson is “trying to be a good parent” who never intended to hurt his son.

Peterson has admitted to using a “switch” in May to whip his son but says he never intended to hurt the boy by disciplining him. He only disciplined him in the same way he was disciplined as a child.

“He was pretty much confident that he didn’t do anything wrong,” said David Cummings, a longtime friend of Peterson who spoke with him a day after the indictment. “He’s disappointed about everything that’s going down. But he feels like he did the right thing, and due process is going to come, and it’ll be OK.”

Peterson remains at his home outside of Houston, and awaits his arraignment on Wednesday. If found guilty, Peterson faces up to two years in state jail and/or a fine up to $10,000.

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