*Nike announced late Tuesday that it has suspended its endorsement contract with Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson in the wake of his child abuse charges.
“Nike in no way condones child abuse or domestic violence of any kind and has shared our concerns with the NFL. We have suspended our contract with Adrian Peterson,” read a statement from the sports apparel company.
Ironically, Nike made the announcement just as the first pic of Peterson leaving his house surfaced, showing him covered head-to-toe in Nike gear.
The Swoosh suspended the contract but has not dropped him entirely – which gives them the ability to reactivate him depending on the outcome of his trial.
A grand jury in Texas indicted Peterson for reckless or negligent injury to a child.
As previously reported, the Minnesota Vikings have reversed course and placed Peterson on the exempt-commissioner’s permission list, a move that will require him to stay away from the team while he addresses his charges in Texas.
The Vikings made the announcement early Wednesday morning, about a day and a half after initially deciding that Peterson could play with the team while the legal process played out. Peterson could miss the rest of the season while the case proceeds through the court system. A preliminary hearing in the case is scheduled for Oct. 8.