Adrian Peterson is four years removed from being charged with felony child abuse.
He later entered a plea deal to misdemeanor reckless assault and received a suspension from the NFL that kept him off the field for the rest of the 2014 season.
Now, in a recent interview, Peterson said he still disciplines his son with a belt.
“I had to discipline my son and spank him the other day with a belt,” Peterson told Bleacher Report.
“There’s different ways I discipline my kids,” he added. “I didn’t let that change me.”
According to Bleacher Report, Peterson said he will use different tactics to discipline his children including taking away electronics, placing them in timeout and even having them do wall squats.
But, Peterson went on to say that “spankings are sometimes necessary … especially after repeat offenses.”
“Peterson says he finds comfort in knowing these lessons will help his children make better decisions in the future. Corporal punishment helped him become the man he is today, after all—a man who loves his kids. ‘My kids love me. When they want something, they come ask dad,’ he says. ‘They enjoy being around me.'”
Peterson added he hopes his situation sheds light to the subject of child abuse, but “remains confident that he is not a child abuser.”
“I understood that, hey, it was a mistake,” Peterson said. “It’s something that I’ve regretted. It wasn’t my intentions to do that. But it happened.”
In the 2014 decision to suspend Peterson without pay, the league released a statement saying, in part, he must “have no further violations of law or league policy.”
It’s unclear if the league will take action, but ProFootballTalk reported this could be grounds for another punishment.
“If the NFL views Peterson hitting his son with a belt as a failure to “properly care for your children,” he could be suspended regardless of whether he faces criminal charges. The NFL has made it clear with past incidents that players can be disciplined under the personal-conduct policy even if they are not criminally charged.”