Free agent running back Adrian Peterson has agreed to conduct 20 sessions of domestic violence and alcohol counseling within the next six months after his arrest in February on suspicion of domestic violence, a Los Angeles City Attorney’s spokesman told the media on Monday.
Peterson agreed to the sessions during a hearing held Friday as an alternative to prosecution in the case, spokesman Rob Wilcox said.
According to a statement from Los Angeles airport police, they received a call around 6 p.m. 8.30 local time on Feb. 13 about possible domestic violence aboard a plane en route to Houston in response to “a verbal and physical altercation between a male suspect and a female victim.”
Peterson, 36, was booked by the Los Angeles Police Department Pacific Division and later released on $ 50,000 bail.
Peterson’s wife, Ashley, defended her husband two days after the arrest via an Instagram post, writing: “Sunday, Adrian and I had a verbal altercation. Unfortunately, it was on a plane. At no point did Adrian hit or hit me. This is a private matter between my husband and myself. We ask everyone to respect our privacy so we can focus on what matters most: our children. “
Peterson, a 15-year veteran, ended last season on injured reserve with the Seattle Seahawks, who signed him to their training team in December following his three-game stay with the Tennessee Titans. Peterson, who is in fifth place in NFL history with 14,918 rushing yards in his career, has said he plans to continue playing next season.