The courtroom saga of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has just concluded.
Peterson, with his attorney at his side, entered a plea of "no contest" to a misdemeanor charge of reckless assault, a Class A misdemeanor in the state of Texas. Judge Kelly Case said that he would not find Adrian Peterson guilty, but would delay adjudication on the case for two years. From my understanding, that's basically the same as "probation," but some of our resident legal types can probably clarify that better than I can.
As a part of the plea bargain, Peterson will have to do 80 hours of community service and pay a $4,000 fine. A part of the community service will reportedly involve some sort of public service announcement. There will also be assessments of Peterson's parenting skills as a part of the deal.
Peterson was originally slated to face charges of causing injury to a child, which is a felony in the state of Texas.
Now the focus turns to the National Football League to see what they will do with Peterson at this point. Obviously, this is something we're going to be keeping an eye on as things progress.