NFL star Adrian Peterson has reached a plea deal in his child-abuse case and is not expected to serve any jail time, a source confirmed to ESPN’s Michele Steele.
The Minnesota Vikings player will enter a plea Tuesday afternoon to a lesser charge than the felony child-abuse charge that he is currently facing, the source confirmed.
Peterson, who has been on the commissioner’s exempt list since being indicted in September, will enter a plea to one misdemeanor count of reckless assault, according to the source.
Peterson’s plea deal was reporter earlier Tuesday by ProFootballTalk.com, which also reported that the plea will not include any references to family violence or violence against a minor.
If Judge Kelly Case accepts the plea, Peterson will be placed on probation, pay a $2,000 fine and perform 80 hours of community service, according to ProFootballTalk.com.
The NFL and the Vikings have not yet decided on whether they will suspend Peterson, who already has missed eight games with pay this season under the terms of the commissioner’s exempt list.
“We will review the court documents,” league spokesman Greg Aiello told ProFootballTalk.com in an email. “We cannot speculate on a timetable for a decision.”
The NFL Players Association expects that the league will punish Peterson as it would any other player determined to be guilty of a misdemeanor, league sources told ESPN’s Ed Werder.
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