NFL: Adrian Peterson charged with child abuse

Mrs. Campbell

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Adrian Peterson of Minnesota Vikings indicted in child case - ESPN

Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson turned himself in to Montgomery County, Texas, authorities early Saturday morning.

He was booked into the Montgomery County jail at 1:06 a.m. CT and released at 1:35 a.m. CT after posting the $15,000 bond.

Peterson had been indicted by a grand jury on charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child and a warrant had been issued for his arrest. He flew back early Saturday morning to Minnesota, where he has been deactivated for the Vikings' home game against the Patriots on Sunday.

Adrian Peterson mugshot
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Peterson mug shot
At a news conference on Saturday afternoon, Montgomery County first assistant district attorney Phil Grant said Peterson was charged with one count of injury to a child and could be sentenced to as many as two years in state jail, as well as a $10,000 fine. Probation is an option, Grant said, for defendants with no prior criminal record.

Grant said only one grand jury reviewed Peterson's case, refuting a report that an initial grand jury rejected the case and it took a second grand jury to indict Peterson. He said the grand jury "was provided lots of evidence over a significant number of weeks, and at the conclusion of that evidence presentation and an explanation of the law in this particular matter, they chose to indict Mr. Peterson."

In Texas, Grant said, "parents are entitled to discipline their children as they see fit, except when that discipline exceeds what the community would say is reasonable." In Peterson's case, Grant said, the grand jury found Peterson's discipline exceeded a reasonable standard.

Peterson will likely make a court appearance in the next several weeks, Grant said, but it could be several months before the case would go to trial.

Peterson's uncle, Chris, told ESPN.com that Peterson will be releasing a statement at some point through his attorney but that it wouldn't come Saturday. Peterson wants to take his time, his uncle said.

Peterson's attorney, Rusty Hardin, issued a statement Friday saying his client's conduct "involves using a switch to spank his son." According to a report by Sports Radio 610 in Houston, Peterson removed the leaves of a tree branch, which he referred to in a police report as "a switch," to strike the 4-year-old child.

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The Houston station, citing law enforcement sources, said Peterson told police that the incident -- he referred to it as a "whooping" -- occurred in Spring, Texas, in May as punishment for his son pushing another one of Peterson's children. The boy suffered cuts and bruises to areas including his back, buttocks, ankles and legs.

"This indictment follows Adrian's full cooperation with authorities who have been looking into this matter. Adrian is a loving father who used his judgment as a parent to discipline his son," Hardin said in his statement. "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."

Hardin said Peterson has cooperated fully with authorities and voluntarily testified before the grand jury for several hours.

"Adrian will address the charges with the same respect and responsiveness he has brought to this inquiry from its beginning," Hardin said. "It is important to remember that Adrian never intended to harm his son and deeply regrets the unintentional injury."

The Vikings released a statement earlier Friday saying they're in the process of gathering information about Peterson's legal situation and deferred comment to Hardin.

Vikings executive vice president and general manager Rick Spielman expanded on the team's stance on Sunday.

"Friday night was the first we heard of the formal allegations against Adrian Peterson, and we decided, as an organization, that to deactivate him this weekend was in the best interest of everybody concerned," he told ESPN's Sal Paolantonio. "We are, as an organization, still in the process of gathering information, and at the end of the weekend we will discuss what we will do going forward. You don't want to make any knee-jerk reactions. All options are on the table. You can't take any options off the table because we're still gathering information."

On Saturday, the NFL told ESPN.com it would review Peterson's case under the league's personal conduct policy.

Nike, which Peterson endorses, said Saturday: "We are aware of the concerning allegations surrounding Adrian Peterson. We will continue to closely monitor the situation."

Peterson is pictured on the Vikings' tickets for Sunday's game as well as the tickets for his alma mater Oklahoma's home game against Tennessee on Saturday.

Last October, Peterson's 2-year-old son died in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, after being allegedly assaulted by a man who was dating the boy's mother. Peterson learned only two months earlier that he was the boy's father. The man who assaulted the boy, Joseph Robert Patterson, was charged with murder and manslaughter.

Peterson reflected on the loss in an August interview with ESPN.com Vikings reporter Ben Goessling.

"It's just made me stop taking things for granted," said Peterson, who turned 29 in March. "Life is short. You never know. You just want to take advantage of the time you do have."

Peterson, in his eighth NFL season, rushed for 10,115 yards through his first seven full seasons as a pro, the fifth-most for any running back in NFL history during that specific time frame.



 

Mrs. Campbell

Girl Crush
Adrian releases statement....

Adrian Peterson Releases Statement: ‘I Am, Without A Doubt, Not A Child Abuser’ | NFL | NESN.com

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson released a statement Monday afternoon, saying he’s “without a doubt, not a child abuser,” and apologizing for causing harm to his son. Peterson was deactivated by the Vikings for Sunday’s loss to the New England Patriots after he was indicted on child abuse charges Friday for allegedly beating his 4-year-old son with a tree branch. Minnesota reactivated him Monday, however, and Peterson is expected to rejoin to the team this week and play in Week 3 when the Vikings take on the New Orleans Saints. Check out Peterson’s full statement below, via ESPN’s Adam Schefter. My attorney has asked me not to discuss the facts of my pending case. I hope you can respect that request and help me honor it. I very much want the public to hear from me but I understand that it is not appropriate to talk about the facts in detail at this time. Nevertheless, I want everyone to understand how sorry I feel about the hurt I have brought to my child. I never wanted to be a distraction to the Vikings organization, the Minnesota community or to my teammates. I never imagined being in a position where the world is judging my parenting skills or calling me a child abuser because of the discipline I administered to my son. I voluntarily appeared before the grand jury several weeks ago to answer any and all questions they had. Before my grand jury appearance, I was interviewed by two different police agencies without an attorney. In each of these interviews I have said the same thing, and that is that I never ever intended to harm my son. I will say the same thing once I have my day in court. I have to live with the fact that when I disciplined my son the way I was disciplined as a child, I caused an injury that I never intended or thought would happen. I know that many people disagree with the way I disciplined my child. I also understand after meeting with a psychologist that there are other alternative ways of disciplining a child that may be more appropriate. I have learned a lot and have had to reevaluate how I discipline my son going forward. But deep in my heart I have always believed I could have been one of those kids that was lost in the streets without the discipline instilled in me by my parents and other relatives. I have always believed that the way my parents disciplined me has a great deal to do with the success I have enjoyed as a man. I love my son and I will continue to become a better parent and learn from any mistakes I ever make. I am not a perfect son. I am not a perfect husband. I am not a perfect parent, but I am, without a doubt, not a child abuser. I am someone that disciplined his child and did not intend to cause him any injury. No one can understand the hurt that I feel for my son and for the harm I caused him. My goal is always to teach my son right from wrong and that’s what I tried to do that day. I accept the fact that people feel very strongly about this issue and what they think about my conduct. Regardless of what others think, however, I love my son very much and I will continue to try to become a better father and person.

Read more at: Adrian Peterson Releases Statement: ‘I Am, Without A Doubt, Not A Child Abuser’ | NFL | NESN.com
 

LB

Peace Love n Pretty Tings
In Texas, Grant said, "parents are entitled to discipline their children as they see fit, except when that discipline exceeds what the community would say is reasonable." In Peterson's case, Grant said, the grand jury found Peterson's discipline exceeded a reasonable standard

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Mrs. Campbell

Girl Crush
In Texas, Grant said, "parents are entitled to discipline their children as they see fit, except when that discipline exceeds what the community would say is reasonable." In Peterson's case, Grant said, the grand jury found Peterson's discipline exceeded a reasonable standard

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^^That in of itself doesn't make sense to me. What if the "community" decided all of what AP did is/was reasonable.

SMH...
 

LB

Peace Love n Pretty Tings
^^That in of itself doesn't make sense to me. What if the "community" decided all of what AP did is/was reasonable.

SMH...
That's like attempting to shoot fish in a barrel. What a moving target of a legislation that is.
 

DSP

Heri
keep him out, thats better for me fantasy football wise
....all because you couldn't pick him first

Eddy Lacey and Marshawn Lynch

Knowshon Marino is a good back up


I'm still waiting on the facts, even though I think he's a bit too strong to be trying to discipline any kid. I saw his high school all am. games...he had full grown man strength at 16/17. He probably thought he was just giving a tap...
 

Alpha Unit

Insurgent
Based on the pictures, I would say he used way to much force on a child 4 years old. @ 4 years old I can't envision what you can do to cause a parent to beat you bad enough to leave marks. Though I believe in corporal punishment as an option, I can't see myself hitting any of my children in a manner that would leave bruises. Yuh might end up with an imprint of meh palm on yuh ass doh.
 

sankofaa

New member
....all because you couldn't pick him first

Eddy Lacey and Marshawn Lynch

Knowshon Marino is a good back up


I'm still waiting on the facts, even though I think he's a bit too strong to be trying to discipline any kid. I saw his high school all am. games...he had full grown man strength at 16/17. He probably thought he was just giving a tap...
i got eddy lacy, he aint doin sh** this year lol

Knowshon just got hurt and he got drafted like 3rd round anyway

i had ray rice as my backup, before this thing blew up lol
 

Poca

Registered User
4 yrs old???? with what did he hit him to leave such marks? That is insane. With the amount of bruise that was left on this poor child's skin, it is obvious that he or whomever did that was in quite a rage. This is clear cut abuse.
 

iPicong

New member
A bit brutal for a 4 year old..........considering he had another child die at the hands of another man too..........brutal......
 

mz_JazE

Southern Belle
4 yrs old???? with what did he hit him to leave such marks? That is insane. With the amount of bruise that was left on this poor child's skin, it is obvious that he or whomever did that was in quite a rage. This is clear cut abuse.
Hit him with a switch, but it looked like he went all in instead of a couple of swats. ftr I've never been hit with anything except for a belt at like 6 (showing off in my class and telling her my mother would beat her up), and then a telephone book thrown at the back of my head at 13 (for being a smartass). At 4 anything over a tap on the hand is excessive, and that's even at the last measure. I usually take things away from her.
 

Mrs. Campbell

Girl Crush
Hit him with a switch, but it looked like he went all in instead of a couple of swats. ftr I've never been hit with anything except for a belt at like 6 (showing off in my class and telling her my mother would beat her up), and then a telephone book thrown at the back of my head at 13 (for being a smartass). At 4 anything over a tap on the hand is excessive, and that's even at the last measure. I usually take things away from her.
I watched Cris Cater this past Sunday on ESPN, along with other guys on the panel. I agreed with him...a lot of our parents did the best they could, but let's admit a lot of the stuff they did was flat out WRONG!

Why is it ok to pelt a phone book and or any object at you/children/kids...at any age for that matter. What if your parent had connected, you trip fell and bust your head wide open.

Had a cousin who had a tin of milk pelted at her for the same reason. What if she had not ducked and her head/face and been split open??? I remember kids getting licks because they spilled something...how stupid and shitty is that?!


The STUPIDITY and IGNORANCE HAS TO STOP!
 

Hello BKLYN

Searching For Answers
Hit him with a switch, but it looked like he went all in instead of a couple of swats. ftr I've never been hit with anything except for a belt at like 6 (showing off in my class and telling her my mother would beat her up), and then a telephone book thrown at the back of my head at 13 (for being a smartass). At 4 anything over a tap on the hand is excessive, and that's even at the last measure. I usually take things away from her.
lol, you had a mother that liked to throw things too? me too.. my mother fired the remote control after me one time for fartin maaaad loud while she was on the phone... lolllll.. the edge of it caught me in the back of my head and drew a lil blood...
 

mz_JazE

Southern Belle
I watched Cris Cater this past Sunday on ESPN, along with other guys on the panel. I agreed with him...a lot of our parents did the best they could, but let's admit a lot of the stuff they did was flat out WRONG!

Why is it ok to pelt a phone book and or any object at you/children/kids...at any age for that matter. What if your parent had connected, you trip fell and bust your head wide open.

Had a cousin who had a tin of milk pelted at her for the same reason. What if she had not ducked and her head/face and been split open??? I remember kids getting licks because they spilled something...how stupid and shitty is that?!


The STUPIDITY and IGNORANCE HAS TO STOP!
oh she connected, and it shut me the hell up lol...I just looked at her like wdf, but still went to my room. My parents were fair, and after I got lectured it was now go reflect. Any other time my mother would have cussed me all the way out, and I would be sent to my room to pout and "reflect" aka wild the fock out in my room.

lol, you had a mother that liked to throw things too? me too.. my mother fired the remote control after me one time for fartin maaaad loud while she was on the phone... lolllll.. the edge of it caught me in the back of my head and drew a lil blood...
damn a remote though lol...I think it was what I said that caught her off guard, and boom yellow book. any other time it was give me your remote, your sega and your phone time is gone until further notice.
 

Missmayling

Registered User
lol, you had a mother that liked to throw things too? me too.. my mother fired the remote control after me one time for fartin maaaad loud while she was on the phone... lolllll.. the edge of it caught me in the back of my head and drew a lil blood...
a bullseye :kicks:kicks
 

dollbabi

Earth Angel
Rightfully so. That does appear to be excessive force in those pictures, too much for a 4 yr old child.

....all because you couldn't pick him first

Eddy Lacey and Marshawn Lynch

Knowshon Marino is a good back up


I'm still waiting on the facts, even though I think he's a bit too strong to be trying to discipline any kid. I saw his high school all am. games...he had full grown man strength at 16/17. He probably thought he was just giving a tap...
I had to look up that name so see if that was a nickname or not. Don't judge me. Oh and his last name is Moreno though...
 

DSP

Heri
Rightfully so. That does appear to be excessive force in those pictures, too much for a 4 yr old child.



I had to look up that name so see if that was a nickname or not. Don't judge me. Oh and his last name is Moreno though...
He plays for the dolphins now, so Dan Marino crossed my mind at the same time...
 

femmeayitienne

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https://medium.com/@shakashaw/black-parenting-the-flawed-science-of-whoopings-71eb8451b93d

Black Parenting & The Flawed Science Of “Whoopings”


By now, if you’ve been on social media at all over the past 24 hours, you have seen the latest in what seems like an ongoing series of NFL players being caught in the act of treating their families poorly. Fresh on the heels of the Ray Rice wife-beating incident, we now have the case of Adrian Peterson, who is being charged with child abuse (“reckless or negligent injury to a child”) after he allegedly used a “switch” (thin tree branch) to beat his child (some stories state the child is a four-year-old, while others omit this information as not having been released). You can read the story here or anywhere else, but the details so far, including photographs of the resulting lacerations, are disturbing to me, being a parent of a young boy myself. Like clockwork, some of the same people who were defending Ray Rice’s behavior a few days ago donned their capes to defend this one, leading me to believe that some people will excuse anything, as long as the perpetrator plays their favorite sport. It’s really a sad state of affairs, especially when it speaks to how we still look at child-rearing not only as a society, but among Black people specifically.

Adrian Peterson and I are about the same size, with him being about an inch taller and a couple of pounds heavier, not to mention in the physical shape of a pro athlete where I’m…well, not. I couldn’t see putting my hands on mine or anyone’s four-year-old in a way that would leave those kinds of marks, let alone using an object to do so. Reportedly, he did this because the boy knocked another sibling off of a motorbike game. Teaching a child to be respectful of others, wait their turn and to keep their hands to themselves just doesn’t warrant whipping your son as if you’ve just caught him teaching field hands to read. Because that’s essentially what it is…whipping…something that’s tied to our heritage and still affects us to this day, perhaps more than we know.

It seems we’re quick to move on when it comes to hairstyles and sneakers, but the last to evolve or re-examine old ideas when it comes to important shit…like parenting. The “it worked for me” defense is getting a little worse for wear when we are in the age of knowing better or at least having 24/7 access to knowing better. We now know iceberg lettuce has no real nutritional value. We now know it probably isn’t a good idea to smoke cigarettes around our kids and that they should have a car seat or at least a seat-belt when riding in our cars where this wasn’t always the case before the 1980s or so. These things “worked for us” at one point in time and don’t now because we know better and have access to more information. At this point, people are simply choosing to be stupid in favor of nostalgia and what they feel is a quick solution. It’s all shits and giggles when we’re reminiscing on the “good old days” when our parents seemingly gave less of a damn, when in actuality they just didn’t have the information to tell them that there’s probably a better way.

To be clear, I am not against spanking and I don’t think it’s going away or that it needs to in its entirety. But when the idea is to injure, cause pain, and release rage, you need to take a step back and realize what it is that you’re doing. When you get to a point when it hurts them physically more than it hurts you as a parent, there’s a problem. Being disrespectful and over-stepping set boundaries is something that you can get your ass kicked for in life, literally and figuratively. This is true. Maybe as Black parents, we feel we’re hardening our children for a world where they may face worse. Maybe to a degree, we need to as parents of all races. However, there’s a difference between spanking and beating your child with objects or closed fists. We must also be cognizant of the age of our children, their level of reasoning at that age, and the fact that what we could be teaching them is that the way to get people to do what you want is through physical coercion, which brings about a whole new set of problems. Your instinctual, most primal obligation as a parent is to protect your child and if you’re your child’s primary source of fear and anxiety, what are you really accomplishing?

I once thought spanking would be an easy go-to solution…then I actually had a kid. Have I had to discipline him? Absolutely, but seeing a look of fear on my son’s face when looking at me makes me feel like the biggest dirt-bag in the world, which is why if I’m ever to get terse with him or if I have to tap his bottom for some major infraction, I’m sure to sit him down and explain what happened and why I did what I did or why I was upset with him. Being part of a cohesive parental unit also helps, as when I’m actually enraged or frustrated about something, I’m able to share my feelings with my wife and co-parent and if I’m too incensed to approach the situation with love and understanding, she can take over. Raising your children to fear you as opposed to respecting you is an archaic way of going about things. Simply put, if you can’t instill basic respect and obedience without beating your child bloody, then you need to re-evaluate whether or not this parenting thing is something you’re bright enough to take on. Did you ever think that what you consider a beating is punishment for your own failings as a parent? Thing is, I guarantee there are parents who are neglecting to read to/with their small children on a daily basis, but will beat their children for poor performance in school years from now. Before you raise your hand to strike your child, you may want to take the initiative as the responsible adult in the situation to think “what could I have done better prior to this to correct this behavior?” A human mind is a complex thing and it’s foolish to think beatings are the best tool to use in shaping a young one.

I say often that there’s no handbook to this parenting thing. It will throw you for a loop and try your patience. You will not feel ready and there’s no real way to be ready. However, there is no shame in seeking out help and it isn’t “acting white” to read up on parenting techniques for when you’re frustrated. While no one person can tell you how to raise your kid, there are lots of people with degrees in psychology or with good, common sense who can help shape you as a parent in the modern day. Doing what Big Mama did is no longer the be-all, end-all and our children deserve more than “good enough for us”. We’ve got to be smarter than this. It’s so necessary.

Shaka Shaw is the founder and sole contributor at Front-Free.com. He isn’t a parenting expert, but his kid is — among many things — happy, obedient and respectful.
 
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