CONROE, Texas (AP) A Texas chief prosecutor is criticizing the judge who ended Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson's probation in a child abuse case early.
Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon said Thursday that the judge gave the appearance of being ''enamored with an elite athlete.'' The 2012 NFL most valuable player's probation was reduced from two years to nine months already served without input from prosecutors.
Requirements for Peterson to complete a public service announcement about child abuse, check in monthly with a probation officer and complete mandatory drug testing were also waived.
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Peterson pleaded no contest last year to a misdemeanor charge of reckless assault for using a wooden switch to discipline his 4-year-old son.
State District Judge Kelly Case declined to comment on his decision to the Houston Chronicle.
Peterson's attorney told the newspaper his client didn't receive special treatment.