By RYAN GORMAN
Another shocking revelation has been made in the Adrian Peterson saga.
The Minnesota Vikings running back was beaten with an 18-inch long wooden paddle by high school football coach Booker Bowie – and would thank him for the "tough love," according to the Daily Mail.
Bowie told the Mail he would take the teenaged Peterson in his office for three lashes every time the star player misbehaved.
Peterson, 29, then followed each paddling by saying, "Coach, thank you," Bowie recalled.
This startling revelation comes the same day the Vikings announced Peterson was taking a voluntary leave of absence - with pay - from the team. He will collect more than $11 million in salary while addressing his legal issues.
Peterson was indicted Friday by a Texas jury on a child abuse charge for beating his son with a switch. He turned himself in early Saturday morning for an arraignment and was inactive for Sunday's blowout loss to the New England Patriots.
The Vikings announced Monday that Peterson would be active for this Sunday's away game against the New Orleans Saints. Radisson immediately severed sponsorship ties with the team.
A report by Houston television station KHOU Monday detailed previous instances of child abuse allegations levied at Peterson for beating another of his children. No charges were filed in that case.
Roger Goodell's prolonged silence on the Peterson ordeal led several sponsors, including Budweiser parent Anheuser-Busch and fast food giant McDonald's, to issue stern statements critical of the league's handling of recent domestic violence issues.
Castrol Oil and sporting goods company Nike also announced this week the suspension of sponsorship agreements with the embattled running back.
Peterson will collect $11.75 million in salary this season despite playing in only the first game. That works out to almost $560,000 for each of his 21 rushing attempts.
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