The former Minnesota Vikings running back apologized on Monday after saying on Monday that his comments about women accusers were “painful.”
Pete Peterson told a local newspaper that he was sorry for “a few bad words that came out of my mouth” after he called them “disgusting,” “totally disgusting” and “disrespectful.”
Peterson, a former star running back for the Minnesota Vikings, apologized in a tweet on Monday, saying that he “took a bad decision and hurt the feelings of many people.”
Petersen was responding to a report by The Associated Press that said Peterson called former model Jill Harth, his former wife, a “slut” and accused her of having an affair.
He also said in the report that he had a “heart attack” when he learned that his former fiancée, Jill Harphrey, had filed for divorce.
The AP reported that Harth filed for a divorce in May and said she was “not happy with how things turned out.”
Petersen told The Associated AP that he did not want his former fiancee to have to go through the same ordeal.
“It’s unfortunate for Jill and I,” he said.
“It’s not fair, and it’s not right.
I have no problem with anybody who wants to get along, or who wants their relationship to be happy and healthy.”
Petesen also said he did apologize to Harth for what he called “a personal mistake.”
“It was a mistake, and I’m sorry about it,” Peterson said in a statement released to The Associated News on Monday.
“I’ve taken responsibility and I’ve apologized to Jill.
I’m taking a step back and taking a year off from football to heal.”
Petrey was suspended by the Vikings in July 2016 after an investigation found that he violated team rules in his treatment of women.
In the statement, the Vikings said Peterson did not receive any formal punishment and that the “full extent of the matter is not yet known.”
Petersen told ESPN in July that he believed he “didn’t do anything wrong” and had never been disciplined.
He said he is not sure if he is currently suspended by another team.
Peterson said he believes he “did something wrong” after an altercation with his then-fiancee and that he is “not sure if I will be back with the Vikings.”
The Associated Press