UPDATE 10/06/2014: Either Adrian Peterson's wife Ashley Peterson is a kind and forgiving woman, or the couple has a wide open relationship. 6 children. 6 women. 2 states. 1 wife.
In an in depth article in the Minnesota Star Tribune covering the life of formerly squeaky clean Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson, the shine is clearly off the apple. In the expose, the paper reminded the world of the Adrian Peterson having 6 children with 6 women, all while dating, engaged or married to his wife Ashley Peterson.
In some of the more salacious details, includes a story about an orgy in 2011.
The 38-page police report details a night of drinking, arguing and sex that involved the running back, two relatives — including Peterson’s brother, a minor — and four women, in various pairs. One of those present, Chris Brown, a Peterson relative who lives with him in Eden Prairie, told police that he paid for the room using a company credit card for Peterson’s All Day, Inc.
As the night wore on, the report says, one woman who said she knew Peterson previously became upset when she saw him having sex with another woman. She started an argument that lasted at least an hour. According to the report, when she told him that she was “emotionally attached to him,” Peterson reminded her that he was engaged to another woman and had a baby.
Not much more to say here.
UPDATE 09/12/2014: Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been indicted on charges that he beat his 4-year-old son with a switch over the summer, resulting in multiple injuries to the child. The child was visiting Peterson in Texas during the summer, and the injuries were identified at a routine doctor's appointment when the child returned home shortly thereafter. The child's mother, who does not appear to be Adrian Peterson's wife Ashley Peterson, has worked with law enforcement during the investigation.
A series of text messages allegedly from Peterson shows no remorse for the actions, only remorse for the outcome of additional injury than intended. The same sentiment was repeated during police investigations.
Additional details, which are admittedly difficult to read, are available here. The indictment comes less than a year after another of Peterson's sons passed away, allegedly as a result of child abuse.
Adrian Peterson has been deactivated by the Vikings in advance of their game with the Patriots this weekend. No further discipline from the NFL has been rendered as of publishing this update.
UPDATE 07/23/2014: One might think the better part of a decade would be enough for Adrian Peterson's girlfriend Ashley Brown to become Adrian Peterson's wife Ashley Peterson.
According to multiple reports, including confirmation from AP himself, the two tied the knot recently after pictures surfaced at a recent Minnesota gala where both were rocking new bands. The couple has been together since his days in Oklahoma, and while there have been breaks, remained relatively consistent since then. Adrian has 6 children, only one of whom is Ashley's.
Congratulations to the newly betrothed!
UPDATE: 10-11-2013: The media is reporting that a child, reportedly Adrian Peterson's 2 year-old son, was killed by the boyfriend of the child's mother, Joseph (Joey) Patterson. Adrian Peterson's father, Nelson Peterson, has confirmed that the child is Adrian Peterson's son. Patterson, who is 27, was charged with aggravated assault and aggravated battery and police have confirmed that the child's injuries were consistent with assault and "severe head injuries". Though unconfirmed by police, Adrian Peterson himself has confirmed his son's death via several Twitter posts. Multiple sources, including TMZ, are confirming that the child was NOT Adrian Peterson Jr (pictured). It isn't clear as to whether Adrian Peterson's girlfriend Ashley Brown was the child's mother, or whether Ashley Brown is even still Adrian Peterson's girlfriend. There are unsubstantiated rumors that the child was the product of an affair that Peterson had with a woman named Ashley Ann Doohen.
Look, we can't lie. There is virtually NOTHING online about Adrian Peterson's girlfriend Ashley Brown (well, actually there's a ton about AD, but nothing about Ms. Brown). Adrian and Ashley Brown are rumored to have been high school sweethearts, staying together through college, and remaining together today. Adrian lives with his daughter Adeja and one of his brothers, but is not clear if Ashley lives with them. Though it's not published anywhere, it may be safe to make the assumption that Ashley is the mother of Adrian's 4 year old daughter Adeja.