MINNETONKA, Minnesota (CBSNewYork/AP) — The Radisson hotel chain is suspending its sponsorship of the Minnesota Vikings after star running back Adrian Peterson was charged with child abuse in Texas.
In a statement Monday, Minnetonka-based Radisson, part of the family owned hospitality and travel company Carlson, said it "takes this matter very seriously particularly in light of our long-standing commitment to the protection of children."
"We are closely following the situation and effective immediately, Radisson is suspending its limited sponsorship of the Minnesota Vikings while we evaluate the facts and circumstances," the company's statement read.
Radisson's sponsorship includes a press banner that is behind those speaking at Vikings news conferences. On Monday, the banner was behind Vikings general manager Rick Spielman as he discussed the team's decision to reinstate Peterson after benching him for Sunday's game against the New England Patriots.
Peterson is accused of using a tree branch to spank his 4-year-old son. The running back said he was using a form of discipline his father used on him as a boy.
"Based on our long-standing relationship, the Minnesota Vikings respectfully honored Radisson's request," a team spokesman said in an email Monday night.
In a statement Monday, Peterson said he's learned "there are other alternative ways of disciplining a child that may be more appropriate."
"I am not a perfect parent, but I am, without a doubt, not a child abuser. I am someone that disciplined his child and did not intend to cause him any injury," said Peterson, who faced allegations of injuring another one of his sons in a report Monday night from KHOU-TV.
"The allegation of another investigation into Adrian Peterson is simply not true," Peterson's lawyer, Rusty Hardin, said in a statement. "The allegation is more than one year old and authorities took no action. An adult witness admittedly insists Adrian did nothing inappropriate with his son."
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