CBS – According to law-enforcement sources, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson beat his 4-year-old son with a tree branch as a form of punishment this summer, an incident that allegedly resulted in multiple injuries to the child. According to reports, Peterson has been indicted in Montgomery County, Texas for injury to a child. The “whooping” – as Peterson put it when interviewed by police – occurred in Spring, Texas, in May. Peterson’s son had pushed another one of Peterson’s children off of a motorbike video game. As punishment, Peterson grabbed a tree branch – which he consistently referred to as a “switch” – removed the leaves and struck the child repeatedly. The beating allegedly resulted in numerous injuries to the child, including cuts and bruises to the child’s back, buttocks, ankles, legs and scrotum, along with defensive wounds to the child’s hands. Peterson then texted the boy’s mother, saying that one wound in particular would make her “mad at me about his leg. I got kinda good wit the tail end of the switch.”Peterson also allegedly said via text message to the child’s mother that he “felt bad after the fact when I notice the switch was wrapping around hitting I (sic) thigh” and also acknowledged the injury to the child’s scrotum in a text message, saying, “Got him in nuts once I noticed. But I felt so bad, n I’m all tearing that butt up when needed! I start putting them in timeout. N save the whooping for needed memories!” In further text messages, Peterson allegedly said, “Never do I go overboard! But all my kids will know, hey daddy has the biggie heart but don’t play no games when it comes to acting right.”
According to police reports, the child, however, had a slightly different story, telling authorities that “Daddy Peterson hit me on my face.” The child also expressed worry that Peterson would punch him in the face if the child reported the incident to authorities. He also said that he had been hit by a belt and that “there are a lot of belts in Daddy’s closet.” He added that Peterson put leaves in his mouth when he was being hit with the switch while his pants were down. The child told his mother that Peterson “likes belts and switches” and “has a whooping room.”
Ok I’ve been travelling last couple days so I haven’t really seen how people have been reacting to this Adrian Peterson story. Therefore I’m not sure if what I’m about to say is pretty much what everybody else is saying or not. I basically think Adrian Peterson is getting a bad rap here. Yes what Adrian Peterson did was clearly wrong, but nowhere in the same stratosphere as what Ray Rice and Greg Hardy did. Like those guys should be kicked out of the league. Peterson needs parenting lessons and counseling. Greg Hardy shouldn’t be playing today, but I wouldn’t get on my soapbox if AP did. Those guys beat up women with the intent to hurt them because they were angry. Peterson however misguided he may have been was trying to teach his kid a lesson. If anything nowadays parents are too lenient on their kids. They let them get away with murder.There is no doubt that Peterson went overboard, but it’s the lesser of two evils in my mind.
I guess it boils down to what you think Peterson was trying to do or prove. For me the way he has acted since it happened, the texts he sent after it happened, all make me think he’s telling the truth with his intent. That he loves his kids and was trying to teach them hard lessons. He fucked up no doubt, but I’m not judging his character as a man or a dad because of this. I just think he needs to go to the Ditka school of parenting. If you’re gonna hit a kid it’s gotta be in the butt.