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7 Investigates claims made about Adrian Peterson's Foundation

Palestine-native Adrian Peterson attends a parade honoring him in his hometown in 2013. (Source: KLTV Staff) Palestine-native Adrian Peterson attends a parade honoring him in his hometown in 2013. (Source: KLTV Staff)
TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Since the indictment of NFL star Adrian Peterson on a charge of injury to a child, there have been numerous allegations surrounding Peterson's foundation.

It started with the Minnesota Star-Tribune coming out with a variety of claims surrounding Peterson's All Day Foundation. The foundation was started in 2008 to fund programs that inspire at-risk children, according to documents filed with the Internal Revenue Service.

Earlier this week more state and national media outlets reported agencies listed on the All Day Foundation's forms did not have record of those funds. However, when KLTV 7 investigated, we found a different story.

Among the accusations, the reports raised questions surrounding a donation to the East Texas Food Bank and the North Texas Food Bank. In a 2009 report filed with the Internal Revenue Service, Peterson's All Day Foundation said it made a $9,000 donation to the North Texas Food Bank. The following year, the foundation made a $10,020 donation to the East Texas Food Bank in Tyler.

The North Texas Food Bank, based in Dallas, had no record of the contribution in any of their annual reports posted online.

KLTV 7 Investigates learned both donations were actually made to the East Texas Food Bank. KLTV 7 was there when Peterson's father, a foundation director, presented the ETFB with a $9,000 check that reportedly went to the North Texas Food Bank. That money went to provide 280 food boxes to families in Peterson's hometown of Palestine.

The East Texas Food Bank CEO Dennis Cullinane said in a statement, "The East Texas Food Bank is grateful to the 'Adrian Peterson's All Day Foundation' for their donations in 2008 and 2009. The gifts totaled $19,020 and were used to feed hungry children, families and seniors. We have not had any contact with the foundation since these gifts."

In tweets posted to Adrian Peterson's account Tuesday night, he said the location errors on the IRS forms are the fault of a certified public accountant, part of a firm that was fired by the foundation.

To read more of what Adrian tweeted, click here.

Another charity that received funds from Peterson is Oklahoma City-based "Pros For Africa." A member said he is aware of work with Peterson and said the NFL running back has indeed gone to Africa with the organization.

As for the future of the foundation, it remains unclear. The foundation's website was taken down following his indictment, but in a statement posted on the site they say they will continue to support causes that "Adrian and his family care so deeply about."

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