MONTGOMERY COUNTY, TX. (CNN)- NFL running back Adrian Peterson turned himself in to authorities in Texas early Saturday on a felony charge of child abuse, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office said.
He’s accused of using a switch to discipline his son, according to his attorney.
Shortly after, Peterson was freed on a $15,000 bail, authorities said.
Soon after the news broke, the Vikings released a statement saying they have deactivated Peterson for Sunday’s game.
News of his indictment casts another shadow over the NFL, which is reeling from the fallout over its reaction to recent domestic violence incidents, including then-Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice allegedly punching his then-fiancee Janay Palmer in a casino elevator. (The two are now married.)
League officials have been heavily criticized for their actions in that case, including the initial two-game suspension given to Rice prior to surveillance video that emerged showing him delivering Palmer a knockout blow.
Authorities didn’t divulge details Friday about what led to a grand jury to indict Peterson on a felony charge of injury to a child.
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