Minnesota Vikings’ running back, Adrian Peterson, has been arrested and charged with abusing his four-year-old son. The child abuse charge alleges that Mr. Peterson used a branch, or switch, to spank his son sometime last May while the youngster was visiting him in Texas.
Mr. Peterson’s attorney stated, “Adrian is a loving father who used his judgment as a parent to discipline his son. He used the same kind of discipline with his child that he experienced as a child growing up in East Texas. Adrian has never hidden from what happened. He has cooperated fully with authorities and voluntarily testified before the grand jury for several hours,” he said. “Adrian will address the charges with the same respect and responsiveness he has brought to this inquiry from its beginning. It is important to remember that Adrian never intended to harm his son and deeply regrets the unintentional injury.”
It is great that Mr. Peterson can hire a well-paid and articulate attorney, but the details are disturbing. Apparently Mr. Peterson admitted the he did “whoop” the boy with a switch, and an investigator’s report described the boy’s disturbing injuries:
a) The doctor told investigators that the boy had a number of lacerations on his thighs, along with bruise-like marks on his lower back and buttocks and cuts on his hand.
b) The police report says the doctor described some of the marks as open wounds and termed it “child abuse.” Another examiner agreed, calling the cuts “extensive.”
c) In addition, the four-year-old boy reportedly told authorities, “Daddy Peterson hit me on my face.”
d) Peterson reportedly told police during the investigation, “To be honest with you, I feel very confident with my actions because I know my intent,” and said he’d reconsider using a switch but wouldn’t “eliminate whooping my kids.” –
“BUT WOULDN’T ELIMINATE WHOOPING MY KIDS“– is he crazy, idiotic, or just delusional. The child is a mere four years old. What egregiousness could he have done to deserve a WHOOPING? A WHOOPING OF THIS MAGNITUDE:
The allegations against Mr. Peterson follow a week wherein the NFL, and specifically its Commissioner Roger Goodell, has been under heavy criticism and scrutiny for the way the domestic violence case involving Ray Rice was handled. Commissioner Roger Goodell initially suspended Rice for two games, but he was suspended indefinitely this week after a longer version of security video surfaced showing Rice punching her in the face.
Neither the NFL nor the Commissioner has responded to the Peterson situation, however, Mr. Peterson will not play in the Minnesota Vikings game against the New England Patriots this upcoming Sunday.
My question is – why hasn’t Roger Goodell responded yet? I understand all too well that Mr. Peterson is innocent until proven guilty and that the NFL’s position has usually been to allow for the criminal case to come to conclusion before they initiate punishment. That is all well and good for DUI cases, possession cases, and weapons charges. But this case involves a child – an innocent 4 year old, who, by Mr. Peterson’s own words, was Whooped. (And will whoop again if need be – according to Mr. Peterson’s statement)
There is enough evidence between the police reports, pictures, and Mr. Peterson’s own statements (and state of mind) for the NFL and the Commissioner to implement some form, albeit, maybe even temporary punishment of Mr. Peterson immediately. Mr. Peterson should not be allowed to participate or even be affiliated with the NFL until these charges against him are resolved. Commissioner Goodell needs to do the right thing this time, not often does some one get a second chance. He should take the appropriate action based upon what proof has been presented and INDEFINITELY SUSPENDED MR. PETERSON FROM THE NFL – HE ABUSED A CHILD – A FOUR YEAR OLD CHILD. ENOUGH SAID.
In the meantime, send the young four year old over to LIFE HAVE – it would be my honor to read him a story this upcoming Thursday.