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Report: Peterson’s son severely beaten, in critical condition

Minnesota Vikings Adrian Peterson leaves the field after a season-ending loss to the Green Bay Packers following their NFL NFC wildcard playoff football game in Green Bay Reuters

When reports emerged that Vikings running back Adrian Peterson missed practice and traveled to South Dakota due to a “medical issue involving [a] young family member that likely will be a police matter,” several tipsters linked the news to reports from Sioux Falls of a man named Robert Joseph Patterson charged with aggravated assault and aggravated battery of an infant, who is in critical condition.

TMZ reports that the link indeed exists, and that Peterson’s two-year-old son is in critical condition after being severely beaten, allegedly by Patterson.

Per the report, Peterson’s son suffered severe head injuries.

We continue to wish Adrian Peterson and his family the best as they deal with, if the report is accurate, an unimaginable situation.

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223 Responses to “Report: Peterson’s son severely beaten, in critical condition”
  1. ryann252013 says: Oct 11, 2013 11:05 AM

    Wow that is horrible, condolences and best wishes to AP and his family.

  2. sbc85 says: Oct 11, 2013 11:06 AM

    This is horrible. Praying for the child’s full recovery.

  3. jae121704 says: Oct 11, 2013 11:07 AM

    Wow! Couldn’t imagine this happening to my own kids. Our thoughts are all with you Adrian!

  4. xmiksticky says: Oct 11, 2013 11:07 AM

    Sickening absolutely sickening Prayers go out to you Mr. Peterson and your family

  5. 5150cd says: Oct 11, 2013 11:08 AM

    I’d hate to be the Panthers defense this weekend. Anger is easily the most powerful emotion and Peterson is going to run 100x angrier than he already was.

  6. richmondbolt says: Oct 11, 2013 11:08 AM

    Who beats up a toddler? They should put this guy in a room with no doors or windows with AP for 10 minutes.

  7. seabreezes51 says: Oct 11, 2013 11:08 AM

    This is horrible stuff….. It always makes me sick to my stomach when little kids are beaten by what should be adults…..

  8. geniusry says: Oct 11, 2013 11:08 AM

    Wow. Humanity is gone.

  9. jhart615 says: Oct 11, 2013 11:08 AM

    Quite possibly one of the worst news story’s I’ve heard in years. Prayers for the Peterson family.

  10. chemicaltoilet says: Oct 11, 2013 11:09 AM

    What an animal. He deserves the death penalty.

  11. revhein says: Oct 11, 2013 11:09 AM

    horrible. Thoughts and Prayers with the Peterson family

  12. larryravor says: Oct 11, 2013 11:09 AM

    How awful! I cannot imagine. All are in my prayers.

    I know what I would want to do with this individual, but I pray that Adrian allows the police to handle it

  13. thepftpoet says: Oct 11, 2013 11:10 AM

    Praying for the whole Peterson family, this should never happen to anybody

  14. tonyugoh says: Oct 11, 2013 11:10 AM

    that just ruined my day, this world is an awful place sometimes

  15. pintomeng says: Oct 11, 2013 11:10 AM

    Devastated to hear this…thought are with u AP

  16. coltzfan166 says: Oct 11, 2013 11:10 AM

    I cannot believe anyone would ever do such a thing. I hope the kid pulls through.

  17. Sandra Lee's Cans says: Oct 11, 2013 11:10 AM

    OMG. Hang in there, little guy.

  18. blacknole08 says: Oct 11, 2013 11:10 AM

    Whoa whoa whoa!! I am outraged! What kind of man beats up on an infant child? That man deserves to be beaten by the entire Vikings team!

    Im praying for you AP

  19. honkeyt says: Oct 11, 2013 11:11 AM

    Just sickening. Wish all the best to AP and his family. Just horrible.

  20. bornking24 says: Oct 11, 2013 11:11 AM

    Put the guy in the same room as Adrian Peterson as his punishment….

  21. Kaz says: Oct 11, 2013 11:11 AM

    Sad. Thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.

  22. harrisonhits2 says: Oct 11, 2013 11:11 AM

    Holy crap what kind of scumbag beats a 2 year old ?

  23. lawrencemercado says: Oct 11, 2013 11:11 AM

    Thoughts and prayers with you and the family, Adrian. Vikings nation has your back, whenever you need us.

  24. crazycane says: Oct 11, 2013 11:11 AM

    My thoughts and prayers are with AD and his family.

    I would beat the life out of someone if they did that to my son.

  25. PurpleRaid18 says: Oct 11, 2013 11:11 AM

    Absolutely awful to hear… You’ve got to be a sick person to harm a child. I wish his family and his son the very best… Peterson, be with your family this week. Football is not as important. God bless.

  26. knicksmets says: Oct 11, 2013 11:11 AM

    Wow, what a society we live in. That man should severely be punished for such actions against a defenseless little kid. Hopefully the kid survives

  27. nukaten says: Oct 11, 2013 11:11 AM

    Oh my God.

  28. maxpowr says: Oct 11, 2013 11:11 AM

    A.P. gonna handshake that fools neck !!!
    Good luck A.P. prayers for all involved.

  29. officialmiamidolphinsspokesperson says: Oct 11, 2013 11:12 AM

    An innocent 2 year old was beat by the man who is dating the childs mom…

    AP gotta kill that dude.

    Yo AP! i know some people that can handle that for you for the low…

  30. usa98j30t4 says: Oct 11, 2013 11:12 AM

    My heart goes out to Adrian and his family. This is horrific.

    Hopefully, justice will come to that scumbag.

  31. Brian Keith Wallen says: Oct 11, 2013 11:12 AM

    What kind of monster does this to a child? Thoughts and prayers with AP and the family.

  32. paulmorin88 says: Oct 11, 2013 11:12 AM

    Worst thing Ive ever read
    Awful, the kid is 2 years old

  33. seatownballers says: Oct 11, 2013 11:12 AM

    Prayers are with your son

  34. cajunaise says: Oct 11, 2013 11:12 AM

    I can’t do the mental math to imagine such a scenario.

    Nothing but the best wishes for Peterson, and for his son to make a full recovery.

  35. ad296 says: Oct 11, 2013 11:13 AM

    Thinking of you AP. What a terrible thing for a parent. So sorry this happened. Stay positive and I am hoping for the best outcome.

  36. ravensterps says: Oct 11, 2013 11:13 AM

    This makes me sick to my stomach.

  37. stevent92 says: Oct 11, 2013 11:13 AM

    Take all the time away you need from the team AP. We love you and support whatever you need. God & Family ALWAYS come first. The Vikings & NFL have got your back.

  38. tokyosandblaster says: Oct 11, 2013 11:13 AM

    Dear God.

    Whoever did this should be shot, then hung up in the town square for all to see.

  39. jayrast says: Oct 11, 2013 11:13 AM

    Stories like this just anger me. Get well little man. Keep on fighting…

  40. dirkpit says: Oct 11, 2013 11:13 AM

    Speechless!!!!! I hope you son is ok. I very very very sorry to hear this

  41. fanfrommontreal says: Oct 11, 2013 11:13 AM

    What is this world coming to… Good luck to the Peterson family. My toughts are with them.

  42. phinfan says: Oct 11, 2013 11:13 AM

    Wwow nobody desires this for their toddler!!! This is horrible news – prayers go out to adrian and family!!!

  43. steelerstrong says: Oct 11, 2013 11:13 AM

    Just sad. Wish he and his family all the best.

  44. bag217 says: Oct 11, 2013 11:13 AM

    OMG! Praying for the Peterson family.

  45. bigwehrm says: Oct 11, 2013 11:13 AM

    Wishing AD’s son a speedy recovery. AD stay in siox falls as long as u need. Family is more important than football.

  46. metrocritical says: Oct 11, 2013 11:13 AM

    Every once in a while we get a reminder that sports are about entertainment and not life and death. We can only hope that things turn out well for the child and the Peterson family and that justice will prevail.

  47. blacknole08 says: Oct 11, 2013 11:14 AM

    Sorry for the double post, but how IN THE WORLD does a mother allow a man to hit their child? I wish the guillotine still existed…

  48. deidunx says: Oct 11, 2013 11:14 AM

    If I’m AP I’m swinging first and asking questions later. If he actually constrained himself and let the police handle it, my respect for him only grows.

    Hope it all ends up well for you and your family AP.

  49. thunderwhip2000 says: Oct 11, 2013 11:14 AM

    My heart goes out to AP and his family. Awful.

  50. irongershwin says: Oct 11, 2013 11:14 AM

    What type of monster beats a 2 year old child? This is a very sad story.

  51. niko0063 says: Oct 11, 2013 11:14 AM

    speechless…

  52. bushwoodcc says: Oct 11, 2013 11:14 AM

    Thoughts and prayers for the health of AP’s son. And there should be a special place in hell for people that abuse children in any way.

  53. kingmj4891 says: Oct 11, 2013 11:14 AM

    Prayers for Peterson and his son that he recovers fully.

    Prayers for Patterson that he gets the justice he deserves. Life in prison regardless and the death penalty if the worse case scenario occurs.

  54. scoobies05 says: Oct 11, 2013 11:14 AM

    sick sad awful horrible story. as a dad of a 4 year old son i cant even imagine someone doing that to my kid. heartfelt prayers and best wishes for the little boy and his family

  55. thunderwhip2000 says: Oct 11, 2013 11:14 AM

    And my heart obviously goes out to this little guy.

  56. hawkridge26 says: Oct 11, 2013 11:15 AM

    How about we let AP meet this Patterson guy in a dark alley vs. a court appearnce. I m sure AP would rather have it this way..

  57. arrruserious says: Oct 11, 2013 11:15 AM

    Couldn’t even imagine what he is feeling…prayers go out to AP and his family

  58. dirkpit says: Oct 11, 2013 11:15 AM

    Speechless!!!!! I hope your son is ok. I’m very very very sorry to hear this :(

  59. wearethesteelers says: Oct 11, 2013 11:15 AM

    That is really messed up.

  60. crownofthehelmet says: Oct 11, 2013 11:15 AM

    I hope this innocent child recovers fully. Thoughts and prayers from this football fan.

    I also hope this Patterson fellow ends up in a prison full of Vikings fans, and they show him how it feels to be helpless and beaten. You suck.

  61. pooflingingmonkey says: Oct 11, 2013 11:15 AM

    Awful. Beyond words awful.

    I wish AP and his Son nothing but the best, and a speedy recovery.

    The guy who did this should be put down like the rabid dog he is. It takes a special kind of “sick” to abuse an infant.

  62. doublezero74 says: Oct 11, 2013 11:15 AM

    That is simply horrible to hear. A 2 yr old? Beaten like this?
    Wish the best to AP and his family

  63. beerinmybelly says: Oct 11, 2013 11:15 AM

    What is wrong with people? Such a senseless tragedy. Thoughts with Peterson and his family.

  64. truninerfan49 says: Oct 11, 2013 11:16 AM

    There is a special place in hell for a man that could beat a 2 year old to near death

  65. proindiantalkcom says: Oct 11, 2013 11:16 AM

    Please allow Mr. Peterson to have 60 seconds, alone, in a room with this lowlife. There is no justice for this. I’m praying for you Mr. Peterson.

  66. commieniko says: Oct 11, 2013 11:16 AM

    What kind of piece of human garbage beats a small child. Wishing the best for AD’s son

  67. peytonsneck18 says: Oct 11, 2013 11:16 AM

    thats horrible, may God be with his family in this time

  68. andyb053 says: Oct 11, 2013 11:16 AM

    I swear, sometimes it seems like the most tragic things only happen to good people.

    God Bless you and your family, AP.

  69. lebronsinsecurity says: Oct 11, 2013 11:16 AM

    What goes through the head of an individual who decides to beat a 2 year old child?

    Utter craziness

  70. muskyhunter2542 says: Oct 11, 2013 11:16 AM

    Prayers from Wisconsin AP!!!

  71. milehigh04 says: Oct 11, 2013 11:16 AM

    Are you kidding me? How anyone hurts a child is beyond me!! If I had the chance to get my hands on anyone that would even attempt to do this….

  72. ocgunslinger says: Oct 11, 2013 11:16 AM

    From the reports I read this guy in custody, Patterson, should be locked up and the key thrown away.

  73. minnesoulja says: Oct 11, 2013 11:17 AM

    Oh dear god.

    Adrian is going to kill that guy. I have a two year old son and the thought of someone causing him severe head trauma angers me to the point of willingly serving time to exact my own revenge.

    My prayers are with you and so is God’s love.

  74. psj3809 says: Oct 11, 2013 11:17 AM

    What a shocking shocking thing to read. Just hope the poor 2 year old recovers. What is it with some people in the world (the mothers boyfriend), just sickening.

  75. mantitebow says: Oct 11, 2013 11:17 AM

    I hope AP gets to spend 10 minutes alone with the scumbag that did this.

  76. mike bonserio says: Oct 11, 2013 11:17 AM

    That’s just insane! Whoever did it should be thrown into the Vikings locker room, doors locked and have the players stomp them out!

  77. grudenlikesme says: Oct 11, 2013 11:17 AM

    So sad to hear. AP is a great player and from what I’ve seen and heard from him, a great person. We all should keep him and his young boy in our prayers at this time. God bless your family

  78. buckybadger says: Oct 11, 2013 11:17 AM

    Give AD 10 minutes with this guy and justice will be served.

  79. fwippel says: Oct 11, 2013 11:18 AM

    Oh my Lord. Will pray for this child’s complete recovery, and the entire family.

  80. romoscollarbone says: Oct 11, 2013 11:18 AM

    So does AP get to return the favor? What kindle coward beats a two yr old?

  81. boltfansmith says: Oct 11, 2013 11:18 AM

    Horrible!

  82. woodrree7 says: Oct 11, 2013 11:18 AM

    Horrible news! my thoughts and prayers go out to the Peterson family..get well little one, may God bless you and your family.

  83. fooleusa says: Oct 11, 2013 11:18 AM

    I cannot express the rage I feel toward a grown man who would beat a 2 year old at all, let alone badly enough to put him in critical condition. My thoughts and prayers go out to Adrian Peterson and his family and especially to his son.

  84. sikkcaden says: Oct 11, 2013 11:18 AM

    Adrian Peterson should be granted immunity when it comes to murdering the scumbag that did this. Completely ridiculous.

  85. vwbrown19 says: Oct 11, 2013 11:18 AM

    Horrible, what a monster beating on a baby prayers go out to the child and the family.

  86. waxdaclam says: Oct 11, 2013 11:18 AM

    As a new father to a 4 month old girl, my heart wretches for AP and his family. I hope justice is swift and unmerciful for the monster who is responsible for such a heinous act. One can only hope that his son can recover from this.

    My skin is crawling… SMH.

  87. willyalistentothis says: Oct 11, 2013 11:18 AM

    I hope the animal who did this lives in a cage for the rest of his life.

  88. samiratou says: Oct 11, 2013 11:18 AM

    Oh, how heartbreaking. I can’t even imagine. Thoughts and best wishes to AP and his family.

  89. gojags says: Oct 11, 2013 11:19 AM

    what kind of person beat a 2 yr old angel severely? they will go to hell

  90. blackshirtz says: Oct 11, 2013 11:19 AM

    Dear God! Who is capable of such a thing!

    My thoughts and prayers to out to the Peterson family!!

    Get well soon! Please!!

  91. derekczajkowski says: Oct 11, 2013 11:19 AM

    I’d hate to be the guy ap wants to kill. his biceps are the size of my head

  92. wipackman1265 says: Oct 11, 2013 11:21 AM

    OK…all Viking -Packer good natured banter aside …. I am praying for AP’ s son to be OK….. No one wants to ever see this this happen ever….

  93. peytonsneck18 says: Oct 11, 2013 11:21 AM

    i hope they let him and AP fight one on one, and AP crushes his skull!!! u dont do that to a child, so sad!!!

  94. x1xbbx7x says: Oct 11, 2013 11:21 AM

    People don’t take lightly to child abuse… as twisted as it may be, they don’t tolerate it in prison. Right or wrong, the inmates WILL show you what they think of you. Scumbag.

  95. suprsoulfighter9 says: Oct 11, 2013 11:21 AM

    Is there anything saying how this guy is connected to Peterson?

  96. purpleguy says: Oct 11, 2013 11:21 AM

    Can you imagine what will happen to that guy if AP gets his hands on him. The pic of AP and his kid at training camp was one of the best team pics all year.

  97. deathonwings410 says: Oct 11, 2013 11:22 AM

    Whoa. That’s crazy. I wish him and his family comfort during this difficult times. He seems like a good person, but life throws some crazy situations at you.

  98. yamchargers says: Oct 11, 2013 11:22 AM

    And all of a sudden it just doesnt matter who wins on Sunday.

  99. kcflake says: Oct 11, 2013 11:22 AM

    I hope AP’s son is okay. Will say a prayer for the little boy. As a Dad, I hope the guy who did it gets the same treatment he dished out.

  100. lamptonsbarbershop says: Oct 11, 2013 11:22 AM

    Love my son with all my soul I pray for the health of his child and his family god only knows the rage he must feel

  101. rezdawg says: Oct 11, 2013 11:22 AM

    That’s absolutely disgusting! Prayers to the little man, AP, and his family. That’s horrible. :(

  102. leglamp says: Oct 11, 2013 11:22 AM

    Absolutely horrible….Hopes for speedy recovery, no memory of the event for the little guy and no long term damages!

  103. tomcous says: Oct 11, 2013 11:23 AM

    Adding to the choir of prayers for the Peterson family!

  104. niz10rav55 says: Oct 11, 2013 11:23 AM

    Been following this story all morning, did not even imagine it was Adrian’s son, regardless this is an extremely sad story. Im speechless, just wondering how could anybody do such a thing to a child/infant.

    KEEP AP AND HIS SON in our prayers…#shocking#whatiswrongwithppl

  105. skittlesareyum says: Oct 11, 2013 11:23 AM

    The abuser is probably not prepared for what happens if the goes to prison and he’s not in protective custody. Child abusers are not exactly loved there.

  106. packfaninthehook says: Oct 11, 2013 11:23 AM

    As a father, I can’t even imagine the terror, sadness and fury he is experiencing right now.

    From a life-long Packers fan, may God be with you AP, may He be with your son and your whole family.

    And may the wretch who did this never see the light of day as a free man again.

  107. barneyrumble says: Oct 11, 2013 11:23 AM

    This news is horrific. Not because it is Adrian Peterson’s child but simply because it is a two year old child getting beaten by a grown man. Because it is AP’s child it will draw more attention than most incidents, but it is just as horrific no matter who’s child suffers. AP will not be the man to get even with this POS that did this to his child, but someone will get to that man and make him pay.

  108. MyTeamsAllStink says: Oct 11, 2013 11:23 AM

    thoughts and prayers to Peterson and his family .there is NOTHING lower than crimes against children.Nothing…

  109. dyetryin says: Oct 11, 2013 11:23 AM

    What the hell is wrong with people. … the felon should be kicked in the nuts repeatedly. thoughts and prayers to the Petersons family.

  110. lionsblood73 says: Oct 11, 2013 11:24 AM

    AP, my thoughts are with your and your family. I can’t imagine what you are going thru right now.

  111. peytonsneck18 says: Oct 11, 2013 11:24 AM

    what lowlife is thumb downing these heart felt comments? get a life!!!

  112. glac1 says: Oct 11, 2013 11:24 AM

    Too bad he abandoned his son… I can’t imagine doing that. Hopefully he will be at his side throughout the recovery process and take a leave of absence from his job. It comes down to priorities…

  113. packh8er says: Oct 11, 2013 11:26 AM

    As messed up as this is I really want to know more about how and why this happened.

  114. thebadguyswon says: Oct 11, 2013 11:26 AM

    Good lord…..

  115. charger383 says: Oct 11, 2013 11:26 AM

    hope for full recovery and that little boy never remembers it

  116. fballlvr22 says: Oct 11, 2013 11:26 AM

    How could people dislike this????

  117. alldayvikesfan says: Oct 11, 2013 11:26 AM

    Thoughts and prayers AP!

  118. shvd98z24 says: Oct 11, 2013 11:26 AM

    I am pretty confident in my ability to keep my head right in every situation….the only exception where all bets are off is if somebody harms my children. There would be no concequences enough to restrain me.

    AP…my family’s thoughts and prayers will be with you and yours throughout this unimaginable situation!!!

    PS: Any fantasy owner of AP that flips out if he doesn’t play is no better than Robert Joseph Patterson!!!

  119. voiceofrealism says: Oct 11, 2013 11:27 AM

    Death penalty sounds about right…..after 6 month torture penalty.

    Get well little guy.

  120. raiderufan says: Oct 11, 2013 11:27 AM

    Wow…My thoughts are with AP and his family.

    Hopefully those AP recovery genes are strong in the little guy!

  121. thejuddstir says: Oct 11, 2013 11:27 AM

    Thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family. I don’t care what team you are a fan of, news like this is bad enough but I can’t believe any poster put click on a thumbs down on other poster’s well wishes to the family. The thumbs down posters are as sick as the idiot who beat the kid . Disgusting.

  122. jae121704 says: Oct 11, 2013 11:27 AM

    Whoever the jerks are that keep thumbs downing the comments needs to get a life.

  123. andrejohnsonforpresident says: Oct 11, 2013 11:27 AM

    Robert Joseph is what we call a dead man walking. I hope it is slow and painful.

  124. freddylamar says: Oct 11, 2013 11:27 AM

    My heart felt prayers from a father and Bears fan. Bear nation will pray for your son and yourself. No father or mother should feel the pain you are feeling. God bless.

  125. bjtmeyer says: Oct 11, 2013 11:28 AM

    I cant believe some idiots out there are giving dislikes to some of these posts. Prayers go out to you and your family Adrian!

  126. m3dman3 says: Oct 11, 2013 11:28 AM

    The whole team of Minnesota Vikings should get 5 minutes alone in a room with this scum bag.

  127. bigblu73 says: Oct 11, 2013 11:28 AM

    Situations like this really puts football in its proper perspective, its just a game!!! Praying for AP, his beloved son, and entire family!!! Would totally understand if AP stays in South Dakota and tends to his son rather than “play a game”!!! FAMILY FIRST

  128. vdogg says: Oct 11, 2013 11:29 AM

    AP in a room for 10 minutes with the guy, no questions asked, then let the animal who would put his hands on a 2 year old child die slowly and painfully. The world doesn’t need people like that in it.

  129. All-American Voltron says: Oct 11, 2013 11:29 AM

    Just awful news for anyone, but it just happens to be Adrian Peterson’s son. Here’s hoping that little boy makes a full recovery and hopefully never remembers what happened to him.

  130. 2ruefan says: Oct 11, 2013 11:29 AM

    I’m curious to know more about the relationships here. The South Dakota Newspaper said the woman left the child with her “boyfriend” (Patterson) .

    So, apparently this is a Son by a woman different from whom is he currently living with?

    Not that it matters, but just curious about what the Mother’s relationship is to Adrian now…..

  131. flik44 says: Oct 11, 2013 11:29 AM

    My mind just keeps going to… How? How does a guy that could even possibly cause a kid harm get access to Peterson’s son?

    I have a feeling that upon conviction, the prison population will handle this.

    Prayers and best wishes for AP, and sincere hopes he can get time and privacy to deal with this. To hell with football for awhile.

  132. bengals78 says: Oct 11, 2013 11:30 AM

    And yet when we have so many posters appropriately expressing condolences and wishes for a speedy recovery, there were actually seven people (so far) that gave a “thumbs down?” Pathetic and sad…

  133. drgfri says: Oct 11, 2013 11:30 AM

    Unspeakable.

    As an aside…. The 5-10% of you who thumbs down the comments here clearly either represent heartless Trolls or confused inaccurate typists….

  134. philwauke says: Oct 11, 2013 11:30 AM

    and everyone on here was joking about him being in South Dakota yesterday.

  135. csuvikingengineer says: Oct 11, 2013 11:31 AM

    Who are the idiots disliking the supportive posts? I hope they never have to go through something like this. Good grief!

  136. abqpacker says: Oct 11, 2013 11:31 AM

    Packer fan, and I am in tears.

  137. fground says: Oct 11, 2013 11:31 AM

    what is really sad is that such events aren’t really that uncommon.

  138. christophershearin says: Oct 11, 2013 11:32 AM

    anybody who hurts a child deserves to be bootstomped……

  139. Simplastics Plastic bins says: Oct 11, 2013 11:32 AM

    Times like these we realize that even the super human like AP are real human beings and deserve to be treated and respected like others. What a tragedy

  140. tremoluxman says: Oct 11, 2013 11:33 AM

    Is there some sicko in this thread that’s going through all the comments and giving them a ‘thumbs down’ just for laughs? Grow up.

  141. suns11111 says: Oct 11, 2013 11:33 AM

    Aj Mansour ‏@AjKFAN 35m

    Sounds like Adrian Peterson is back in town, will practice today and speak to media after to clear the air on the SD situation. #Vikings

  142. bosfaninva says: Oct 11, 2013 11:33 AM

    Sickening. A slow, painful death is too kind for the cretin who did this.

  143. bosfaninva says: Oct 11, 2013 11:35 AM

    The perp’s punishment should be having to serve as the tackling dummy at a week of Viking practices until his lifeless body is trampled into the dust.

  144. @Cereal_22 says: Oct 11, 2013 11:36 AM

    Who are the mouth breathers that are down arrowing the first couple comments offering condolences and wishing the two year old recovers??? What pathetic losers….

  145. oakfolk says: Oct 11, 2013 11:36 AM

    5150cd says:
    Oct 11, 2013 11:08 AM
    I’d hate to be the Panthers defense this weekend. Anger is easily the most powerful emotion and Peterson is going to run 100x angrier than he already was.

    =================

    Cmon dude. You really think Peterson plays this weekend? Football is the farthest thing from his mind right now.

  146. guppies66 says: Oct 11, 2013 11:36 AM

    The death penalty is not good enough. But I’d settle for it.

  147. nesby2 says: Oct 11, 2013 11:37 AM

    My prayers got out to him & his family. As Fathers we’re looked at as protectors for our children. I can’t imagine the pain, hurt & anger that he’s feeling all @ once. I pray for a speedy recovery for your son & may god be with your family during this tough time.

  148. manilarizzo says: Oct 11, 2013 11:37 AM

    Who the hell are all the people giving thumbs down to these positive comments and well wishers? This society we live in is right here posting on this board.. Thumbs down? You’re either a child or have something wrong in the head….and clearly don’t have children of your own. Something happening to my child is my worst nightmare.

    Wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy.

  149. southpaw2k says: Oct 11, 2013 11:38 AM

    There is a special place in hell for Robert Joseph Patterson.

    Normally I’d ask God to have mercy on his eternal soul, but not this time.

  150. ctsegall says: Oct 11, 2013 11:38 AM

    Speedy, healing thoughts being sent to AP’s son and the family. This is just horrible. Best wishes to the entire Peterson family.

  151. blue18hutthutt says: Oct 11, 2013 11:40 AM

    What a disgusting human being to raise a hand against an innocent child

    I can’t even begin to imagine the heartbreak that AP must be feeling right now

    Hope the kid pulls through and hope Patterson suffers the most harsh justice available

  152. gcbean says: Oct 11, 2013 11:40 AM

    I don’t even know what to say… So sad. AP, nurture your family. Football will still be here when you get back. To your little guy, get well soon.

  153. stellarperformance says: Oct 11, 2013 11:41 AM

    This is horrible. I cannot imagine being able to focus on anything else if it were me. I hope the kid turns out OK.

  154. rossmasood says: Oct 11, 2013 11:42 AM

    Despicable that someone is thumbs downing thoughts and prayers towards an innocent child and his family… Sad that Robert Joseph Patterson types exist in this world… especially behind keyboards.

  155. souldogdave says: Oct 11, 2013 11:42 AM

    Surely this puts Murder in a man’s heart, be strong enough to get through this terrible thing without succumbing to revenge.

  156. browns4ever13 says: Oct 11, 2013 11:46 AM

    As a father myself I couldn’t imagine the heartache and pain AP is going through right now. What kind of sick monster does this to a child? Once this coward is sent to prison I have a feeling he won’t have a warm welcome by the other inmates, I don’t think they take too kindly to child abusers/beaters.

  157. alexb1234 says: Oct 11, 2013 11:47 AM

    Anybody who gives a thumbs down to any of these comments needs to be investigated by the police.

  158. sincityhawk says: Oct 11, 2013 11:50 AM

    To

    To all you idiots that keep hitting the “thumbs down” button towards comments that are heart felt and supporting AP’s son, I hope something even close to this unthinkable act never happens to you. If it ever does, look up “karma” and you will know why it happened to you.

    And of course, go ahead and hit the “thumbs down” tab on this post, I expect it.

  159. phreakin says: Oct 11, 2013 11:51 AM

    Not sure what’s lower, the guy who did this or the people obviously going through and down voting every single comment containing well wishes. I feel sorry for both of them and their sad pathetic lives. To the guy who did this to a 2 year old, as someone who worked in a prison for a long time, you will get yours. Trust me. You aren’t going to be able to PC up fast enough.

  160. goindy2006 says: Oct 11, 2013 11:51 AM

    AP is more of a man than I am because I would have put this person down like a bad animal. That’s all they would be to me is an animal at this point not a person!!! Unacceptable!

  161. 2jivecrew says: Oct 11, 2013 11:53 AM

    So who are the lowlifes voting down these sympathetic comments to AP?

  162. allday2k says: Oct 11, 2013 11:54 AM

    Absolutely disgusting. I don’t know how anyone could do that to a child. Hopefully his son makes a full recovery. The family will be in my prayers.

  163. ddjesus says: Oct 11, 2013 11:54 AM

    This is despicable. This Packers backers heart is with AD right now.

  164. richiebburg says: Oct 11, 2013 11:57 AM

    Hunt em down AP!!

  165. golforepar says: Oct 11, 2013 11:58 AM

    This disgrace of human will get his when he gets to prison! He is as good as DEAD!

  166. afty2001 says: Oct 11, 2013 11:59 AM

    I wonder as to the character of some the individuals on this site who are pressing the “thumbs down” button. As a father of a 6 and 3 year old, I simply could not imagine this!

  167. Kelly's Chronicles says: Oct 11, 2013 12:01 PM

    This Packer fan is saying prayers for A.D. and his son. What a tragedy….

  168. dryzzt23 says: Oct 11, 2013 12:02 PM

    The perp is not “sick” or “misunderstood”, he is an evil person and should receive the harshest penalty possible, legal or illegal.
    Put him in general population and tell EVERY prisoner what this guy did and let the chips fall where they may.

  169. tarken10 says: Oct 11, 2013 12:02 PM

    southpaw2k says: Oct 11, 2013 11:38 AM

    There is a special place in hell for Robert Joseph Patterson.
    ——————————–

    That same place in Hell is also reserved for the immature fools who thumbs-down the good wishes and prayers for Adrian and his child.

  170. tformation says: Oct 11, 2013 12:02 PM

    Heartfelt emotions go out to A.P. May you have justice, peace and your son back in your arms again healthy.

  171. cursedvikings1998 says: Oct 11, 2013 12:08 PM

    How can ANYONE be giving a “thumbs down” on the comments wishing for a full recovery?

    How can you do that? How? That is just sick! I noticed there are 19 “thumbs down” on the first comment on this thread which is simply praying for the kid to get better.

    How can any human be giving a thumbs down on this thread? Some people are truly truly sick!

  172. taintedsaints2009 says: Oct 11, 2013 12:09 PM

    Jesus

  173. 2sloweggroll says: Oct 11, 2013 12:09 PM

    In the words of Phillip Anselmo of the great Pantera

    “I ask you please just give us… 5 minutes alone”

  174. barroomhero80 says: Oct 11, 2013 12:11 PM

    May something horrible happen to all the thumbs down scumbags. it’s a 2 year old. REALLY?!?

  175. brava66 says: Oct 11, 2013 12:11 PM

    Gosh…I am amazed that there are people voting “thumbs down” to the expressions of sympathy and concern posted here.

    Hoping for the best for AP, his son and family.

  176. packfanaj12 says: Oct 11, 2013 12:15 PM

    I’m sorry to hear this, AP has been a stellar football player and I hold him in high respects. Hopefully they leave that guy alone in a room with AP for a while so he can repay the favor.

  177. kscogg says: Oct 11, 2013 12:15 PM

    Who are the morons Thumbing down the support comments for AP? You freaking jerks!

  178. ravenmomma says: Oct 11, 2013 12:16 PM

    This story literally makes me want to vomit. To think an adult could do this to a baby is absolutely horrifying. What is this world coming to? Prayers are for that little boy and for the family and here’s hoping that the sick bastard who did this is brought to justice.

  179. thebluecoconuts says: Oct 11, 2013 12:18 PM

    This is a time AP when its ok to not be a role model, you can beat the piss out of that dude and I doubt anybody will have a issue with it!

  180. gbmickey says: Oct 11, 2013 12:19 PM

    I am asking because I dont know but being the father of a toddler myself how does one go to practice the next day when the child is in critical condition? Is he not a regular figure in the childs life? I am not casting judgement and I believe he has to be devasted at a vicious attack on a helpless child. Something just seems weird or not fully reported yet if that is the case. Prayers go out to AP and his child…sick world at times.

  181. maverick5266 says: Oct 11, 2013 12:19 PM

    I’m praying for two things:

    1. That Adrian’s son recovers fully and has no memory of the event.

    2. That South Dakota has a death penalty.

    Stay strong AP. I hope your little guy is as tough as you on the field and off.

  182. gpclaw says: Oct 11, 2013 12:19 PM

    Disgusting. Patterson might want to skip his bail hearing. If he does get released on bail, he might learn what a real beat down feels like.

  183. raiderheart says: Oct 11, 2013 12:19 PM

    What kind of sorry bastards are disliking some of these sympathetic comments? Just because AP has probably ran up & down the field on your team doesn’t matter right now. A child is seriously injured and as a father I know this must feel terrible . My thoughts and prayers are with AP & his family.

  184. danoj14 says: Oct 11, 2013 12:22 PM

    I can’t believe people actually thumb-down positive comments wishing nothing but the best for a young child…What is wrong with you people!

    Faith in humanity crumbling

  185. shatho1 says: Oct 11, 2013 12:29 PM

    this just shows no matter what team u root for no one likes a child abuser. Our prayers are with u AP, be strong little man. also I’m not able to see the thumbs downs yet I will see it when it comes across my Dallas Cowboys news app under the pft. all of u giving the thumbs down are no better than the sort sob that did this to an innocent 2 year old child.

  186. lebrack27 says: Oct 11, 2013 12:29 PM

    Wow, my jaws just dropped. Thoughts and Prayers to the kid. What has the world come to????

  187. chicagogiantsfan says: Oct 11, 2013 12:31 PM

    Glad to see that there are still enough low life idiot responders on PFT that actually think it’s funny to thumbs down well wishes on a story like this.

    Stay Strong, AP.

  188. mjmistretta says: Oct 11, 2013 12:31 PM

    I have three children, my prayers go out to him, and his family.

  189. sarcasm says: Oct 11, 2013 12:32 PM

    First of all, I hope the little guy a quick & full recovery.

    Secondly, our legal system prevents an appropriate punishment.

    Put this fool in a cell, in the Vikings complex and let Peterson do whatever he wishes with him for the rest of his life.

  190. acmepacker says: Oct 11, 2013 12:34 PM

    Prayers and positive thoughts for the poor little guy and wishes that AD and his family find some peace.

  191. jr507 says: Oct 11, 2013 12:34 PM

    God help the Peterson family in this horrible time.

    As for the posters who are thumbs downing the supportive comments, may you be inaccurately identified as Patterson by an angry mob. You people are disgusting.

  192. letemplay says: Oct 11, 2013 12:35 PM

    My son just turned two this July. I can’t even think straight having just read this story. Thoughts and prayers are with the Peterson family. This is horrible. I hope the little dude is okay and justice is served.

  193. cbblitz21 says: Oct 11, 2013 12:39 PM

    I honestly think it is time to get rid of the thumbs down option on this site. It really serves no purpose. If you think you are funny by doing a thumbs down on this you are not. It is childish and immature. Instead of doing a thumbs down on it, why not post a message under your user name with your negativity? My guess is you won’t because you are a coward.
    For the same reason Facebook does not have a “dislike” button, it is time for Pro Football Weekly to dump this in my opinion.

    As an avid Packer fan, I have nothing but thoughts and prayers for the Peterson/Viking family.

  194. Kaz says: Oct 11, 2013 12:41 PM

    Looking at some of these thumbs down for some of these comments. There are some sick people out there.

  195. dseiler49 says: Oct 11, 2013 12:43 PM

    Just horrible to hear, pity nor mercy should be shown to “men” cut of this cloth. America needs to stop allowing this sort of behavior with weak penalties. All thoughts, love, and prayers to that poor little boy.

  196. pbastille says: Oct 11, 2013 12:51 PM

    Thoughts and prayers heading your way, AP

  197. turner28 says: Oct 11, 2013 12:53 PM

    This is just a terrible story, and I hope AP’s son is able to make a full and speedy recovery.

    Obviously we do not know everything that happened, but why was this man allowed to be alone with the toddler? I know he is dating the mother, but an article I read said it was a “new” relationship. Again this is just a terrible story, and I know nothing of the mother, but I can not help but feel she should be held responsible also. I would like to see Adrian get custody of his son and he can live with AP and his fiance.

  198. khenien says: Oct 11, 2013 1:00 PM

    Unreal. This is disgusting. My thoughts and prayers

  199. peachyc39 says: Oct 11, 2013 1:06 PM

    This is the reason why I am so overprotective of my kids!!! OMG prayers and love going out to AP and his family and especially for his son in hopes that he will recover from this soon

  200. th56 says: Oct 11, 2013 1:07 PM

    As for these “thumb downers” It’s sad, but I’m not surprised. I’ve read sports comments for years now and they always contain a handful of these fan boy extremists who do nothing but troll opposing teams spreading their vile comments, and it’s not any teams fans, they exist everywhere. These sad individuals are so consumed by their petty hate that they would thumb down or make a negative comment on anything if it involved a player from an opposing team. It truly is a mental disease for someone to be so consumed with things so trivial in life.

  201. djcologne says: Oct 11, 2013 1:07 PM

    Why would any idiot put a thumbs down to well wishes for AP and his son? You are not being funny, just completely ignorant!

  202. michiganhockey11 says: Oct 11, 2013 1:08 PM

    Prayers to this child for healing and peace to AP and his family.

    The mother allowed this to happen. She should have her parental rights stripped away imediately. If I were to ever be divorced, I would not have my kids be left alone with another man not their father. Shame on her.

  203. jaltreality says: Oct 11, 2013 1:17 PM

    What? Why? I don’t even understand how this could happen. How could you hit a kid? Assault on a 2 year old? Very confusing.

    As for people complaining about thumbs down… while some are no doubt trolls, or just terrible human beings, I often browse PFT on my phone and hit thumbs down instead of thumbs up because my thumb is too large.

  204. bengalskuta82 says: Oct 11, 2013 1:29 PM

    Who the heck would beat up a baby? Jeez!
    Hope the idiot gets thrown in jail

  205. bikrchk says: Oct 11, 2013 1:32 PM

    This is exactly why I believe that women with small children should not date. Too many times the boyfriend kills or seriously injures a child. You read about it in the papers every day it seems. If you choose to have a child as a single parent, stay home and raise that child. To trust a non family member with a small child is to court disaster.

  206. shaundolphinsfan23 says: Oct 11, 2013 1:32 PM

    What do you even say to something like this? This is one of those things in life that just shouldn’t be allowed to happen. I don’t believe in hell, but for who ever did this’s sake, I hope there is one. So that he can rot there forever.

  207. rickytheviking says: Oct 11, 2013 1:33 PM

    My prayers are with the little guy

    What is with the “thumbs down” on these comments?

  208. calicowboysfan86 says: Oct 11, 2013 1:49 PM

    Is there no vile act humans aren’t capable of..? Harming a child is beyond my comprehension. As a father I don’t understand how AP’s mind can be on anything other than ending that sick SOB.

  209. redtexasmomma says: Oct 11, 2013 1:57 PM

    My thought and prayers are with this little boy and his family. I’m disgusted to see there are people giving thumbs down on comments that wish this little boy well. Just who in the heck does that? Regardless of whether you are a fan of AP or the Vikings, NOBODY normal would wish this baby anything but to get better.

  210. guitarkevin says: Oct 11, 2013 2:20 PM

    Prayers going out to this child. What a tragedy.

  211. pfic15 says: Oct 11, 2013 2:20 PM

    All the people saying AP should do this or do that. AP take your son with you man.

  212. yousuxxors says: Oct 11, 2013 2:27 PM

    this makes me think of my niece, who is the same age and how anyone can hurt someone so innocent. I don’t understand how one can do that and I think most will agree with me there. hope his kid is OK and the guy gets what he deserves.

  213. spacemaker101 says: Oct 11, 2013 2:45 PM

    It’s ridiculous how some ppl would rather right a paper on here about somebody giving a thumbs down rather than giving their blessings… Is the thumbs down really that big of a deal right now..

    My thoughts and prayers go out to AP and his family. Stay strong.

  214. joesteelerfan says: Oct 11, 2013 2:55 PM

    This man beat up an infant? Just wait until Peterson gets a hold of this guy, he’ll wish he never lived to see another day.

    ….. he may not.

  215. fdugrad says: Oct 11, 2013 3:00 PM

    Horrible story. Perpetrator will be taken care of in prison. Why is AP’s child living in SD? Is it his off-season residence?

  216. tmntguy86 says: Oct 11, 2013 3:05 PM

    Not only is the situation that is happening with AP and his family an unbelievable situation, but what the h*ll is wrong with people on here who leave a “thumbs down” on the comments for people who are praying for AP and his family that everything turns out ok??? Those people are just as sick as this Patterson guy.

    Praying for AP and his family. NO ONE should have to go through something like this. Patterson should be sent to prison for the rest of his life. Zero excuse for beating a child like that.

  217. stull60060 says: Oct 11, 2013 3:10 PM

    A lot of thoughtful posts. However, has anyone asked “who is Patterson?” and “What is he doing near Peterson’s son?” I doubt this is some random attack. Is Paterson a relative of Peterson’s?

  218. stlluna7 says: Oct 11, 2013 3:28 PM

    Hey sorry Mr Peterson. This is sad and I just want to add my name to the list of people who feel the sadness and utter shock at this very sick man’s deed.

    I pray he pulls through.

  219. purpwalk says: Oct 11, 2013 4:05 PM

    very sad and sorry to see this, very sorry. hope his son will be ok.

  220. justanotherdummy says: Oct 11, 2013 4:28 PM

    According to the number we saw in grad school, (not my research) over 6 in 10 American children recieve corporal punishment. Sixty percent. Don’t hit your kids. Don’t do it ever, for any reason. Learn better parenting skills. Read. Research. See a behavioral therapist if you cannot control your children, they will help you. Never ever strike your children. If you were hit as a a child, make that pattern stop with you. Think about how you feel as you read this article about AP’s son and burn it into your brain, never hit your kids.

  221. dhardy8207 says: Oct 12, 2013 4:19 PM

    What kind of sick ass man can beat a 2 year old and feel justified?!?!?….

    I would be in jail cause his ass would be shoving up daisies at my hands!!!!

  222. dhardy8207 says: Oct 12, 2013 4:28 PM

    justanotherdummy says;

    “Don’t hit your kids. Don’t do it ever, for any reason. Learn better parenting skills. Read. Research. See a behavioral therapist if you cannot control your children, they will help you. ”

    ————————————————–

    Spanking is different from a “BEATING”. Yes some parents can lose their temper but many many parents over centuries have physically punished their children without taking it to this extent. My mother raised 5 and we were spanked, neither of us have ever been in jail, strung out on drugs, nor have myself or my siblings had a problem discipling our children without restraint.

    I’ve worked in the medical field for over 20 years and the cases I’ve seen of severe abuse most always involve a parent or significant other of a parent that has some type of substance abuse issue.

    Every parent that decides to physically punish their children are not abusers or capable of doing this to a child…

  223. phinsfan7a says: Oct 12, 2013 6:07 PM

    Sadly, USA Sports has reported that the boy has passed away. God Bless the Peterson family in their time of grief. My heart goes out to them.

    I am a liberal, but seriously feel the laws for penalizing child abusers of any kind, are much too lenient in the USA!

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