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Adrian Peterson: Roger Goodell was blind to what I was going through

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Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has returned to the NFL successfully, leading the league in rushing and leading his team to the playoffs. But he’s still not happy with the way the NFL handled him last year, when he played just one game before he was sidelined and suspended for abusing his son.

Peterson told Sports Illustrated that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell simply didn’t grasp Peterson’s life experiences.

“Roger Goodell, man, I don’t know. . . . This is when I knew he was blind to the fact of what I was going through. I sat down with him. He asked me, ‘What is a whuppin’? . . . It was one of the first questions. . . . It kind of showed me we were on a totally different level. It’s just the way of life. For instance, in Texas, we know what whuppin’s are. Down there, if it snows, people are going to go crazy. They’re going to close schools. They’re going to shut it down. Here, you’re used to that. It was just a tough situation, because of misperception. . . . I get it. I get why. But you still shouldn’t pass judgment on people when you don’t know.”

What a whuppin is, in Peterson’s case, is a freakishly strong man picking up a stick and beating a little boy with it until the boy bled from his back, buttocks, ankles, legs and scrotum. The little boy also had defensive wounds on his hands.

Peterson may say that Goodell’s question is naive, but Goodell was merely trying to establish what, exactly, Peterson thought was acceptable about the way he abused his son. Goodell was offering Peterson a chance to explain himself, but the reality is there is no acceptable explanation for child abuse.

In the Sports Illustrated article, Peterson insists that he has grown as a father and “there’s not many fathers better than me.” Although he doesn’t live with most of his children (he’s had seven children with multiple women) he says he keeps in touch on FaceTime and Skype.

Peterson says Goodell doesn’t understand him, but many readers will come away from the Sports Illustrated article wondering whether Peterson really understands the gravity of what he did to his son. Peterson’s suspension last season was the result of a wrong done by Peterson, not Goodell.

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175 Responses to “Adrian Peterson: Roger Goodell was blind to what I was going through”
  1. nfl fan says: Jan 6, 2016 7:54 AM

    “What you were going through?”
    Please just shut up and play.

  2. dcapettini says: Jan 6, 2016 7:56 AM

    I guess that Roger thought that since you were being paid millions for doing nothing, you weren’t all that bad off. What did that child “go through” when you were beating his genitals with a stick so hard they bled?

  3. doriangray927 says: Jan 6, 2016 7:56 AM

    He’s just not a very smart man. Incredible – once in a lifetime talent. But he’s not really bright.

  4. boogerhut says: Jan 6, 2016 7:57 AM

    You can run Adrian. You can run fast. THAT’S all you can do. What a tool.

  5. tonebones says: Jan 6, 2016 7:57 AM

    There are thousands of guys in prisons across the country because someone just didn’t understand what a whuppin was.

  6. Iknowitall says: Jan 6, 2016 7:57 AM

    Adrian Peterson is the one who is blind,…..and clueless as well.
    What about what that child was going through?
    What about what that child is STILL going through?

    Facetime and Skype???? Really?
    Maybe i am blind too….cause i sure dont think Facetime and Skype are great ways to raise your kids…..and neither is beating them.

    AP is a joke and a punk

  7. packfntk says: Jan 6, 2016 7:58 AM

    Oh my God. Shut up Peterson, you sound bad, even for a child beater.

  8. troylok says: Jan 6, 2016 8:00 AM

    Peterson is lumping in a conversation about whether spanking a child is right versus spanking a child until they bleed. That is the difference he doesn’t seem to understand.

  9. truthfactory says: Jan 6, 2016 8:00 AM

    If he thinks Goodell doesn’t “know” or “understand” him and where he’s coming from, then I think asking Peterson his interpretation of a “whoopin” is a very good question to ask to see where he stands and how he thinks.

    I don’t always care for Goodell, but this seems to be the opposite of “judging someone you don’t know”. He was trying to “get to know” you and where you come from… But it was stile a vile act that resulted in a kid with wounds with broken skin and leaves stuffed in his mouth.

    Whether that is common where you come from is irrelavant. Dog fighting was common where Michael Vick was from, that doesn’t make it not a felony. No excuse…

    The title of this article accuses Goodell of being “blind to what” peterson was going through. But it’s very clear the reality is that Peterson is blind to what his 4 year old son was going through.

  10. dukeearl says: Jan 6, 2016 8:00 AM

    Pathetic excuse for a human being….

  11. boogerhut says: Jan 6, 2016 8:01 AM

    nfl fan says:
    Jan 6, 2016 7:54 AM
    “What you were going through?”
    Please just shut up
    Yup, fixed it for you. Any Minni fan that STILL sticks up for him, I don’t feel for you.

  12. happy1114 says: Jan 6, 2016 8:01 AM

    7 children by 7 women ….“there’s not many fathers better than me.” He has NO idea what it means to be a parent! Close pie hole dont let the dumb out anymore, just keep sending checks to your kids so they can raise themselves at least…

  13. jrossizzle says: Jan 6, 2016 8:01 AM

    Roger couldn’t understand that whipping a four-year-old with a stick can really make your wrist sore

  14. mongolman1 says: Jan 6, 2016 8:01 AM

    Vikings caved to this POS. Crap organization. He’s a baby and they caved and gave him a new contract for his troubles. Unreal and idiotic

  15. unclebluck says: Jan 6, 2016 8:01 AM

    Can you say “self absorbed”?

  16. gabrosin says: Jan 6, 2016 8:01 AM

    He should be in jail, not on a football field making millions of dollars.

  17. NRG Stadium's Wonky Grass says: Jan 6, 2016 8:04 AM

    Adrian Peterson thinks thrashing a preschooler’s genitals with a tree branch is a regional custom like reaction to weather? What an idiot. He does not speak for Texans.

  18. billytodd2013blbaad says: Jan 6, 2016 8:05 AM

    I am so sorry that you suffered AP, man I wouldn’t want you to not be understood and all, as far as Roger being blind to your suffering, maybe we should all ask your kid if you were blind to his suffering when you were beating him with a stick!

  19. joeldholsopple says: Jan 6, 2016 8:05 AM

    I may catch some backlash from this but here it goes:

    What Greg Hardy, and Ray Rice, and McDonald did were horrible, disgusting, vicious things. But I think what Peterson did was worse. He beat a child. They beat an adult. Not saying what Hardy, Rice and McDonald did was “okay”, but in my eyes, I’d forgive them over AP easily.

  20. tdsbepoppin says: Jan 6, 2016 8:06 AM

    Dear Adrian,

    Condoms.

    -Every man that doesn’t have 7 kids w/multiple women

  21. laxer37 says: Jan 6, 2016 8:07 AM

    Not sure when it became fashionable for everyone to blame the commissioner for everything, but it’s a tired act.

    I get it, the commissioner has made some errors. But he is typically just carrying out the orders of 32 owners. 32 owners that run a league that is so successful we can’t get enough of it.

    Probably just speaks to the bigger issue in society where people don’t take responsibility for themselves, instead constantly blame others for all of their problems and poor choices.

  22. vikingforlife says: Jan 6, 2016 8:08 AM

    Goodell is an ass and so are the people who continue to judge, it is over! Everyone else should get over it, too! He paid the steep price (NOT $$$). I wonder how fat the refs pockets are getting IN favor of the Seahawks from Goodell this weekend???? We’ll see…….

  23. teedraper says: Jan 6, 2016 8:08 AM

    & the little boy should’ve been dealt with harshly. You think he got a switch to take it easy. SPARE THE ROD & SPOIL THE CHILD!

    The kids in which the rods are spared shoot up schools, get involved in gangs & become the filthy idiotic commenters & writers we see on this site every day.

  24. liberalmel says: Jan 6, 2016 8:08 AM

    There is a difference between slapping your child on the butt with the wooden spoon and giving them a “whuppin” and it’s very ironic that many southern African Americans punish their children this way as according to them, their ancestors were slaves and beaten this way.

    #FatherOfTheYear

  25. patsfan says: Jan 6, 2016 8:10 AM

    Yo Adrian,

    FYI, you didn’t help yourself any there. You were doing okay up till then.

  26. vikingforlife says: Jan 6, 2016 8:10 AM

    Oh yeah, so happy for you , AP! Congrats on the Rushing Title! Way to show all of them you are BACK!!!!!! Now, BEAT SEATTLE!!!! GO VIKINGS SKOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  27. afwhigs says: Jan 6, 2016 8:10 AM

    It’s confounding to me that AP has been allowed back in the NFL but Ray Rice remains blackballed by the league (apparently).

    What Rice did was terrible, but not nearly as bad as AP beating his kid with a stick. AP gets welcomed back with open arms – and apparently no remorse – while Rice can’t even get a look.

    It’s just an obvious moral inconsistency, for lack of a better term, is all I’m saying.

  28. drshankenstein says: Jan 6, 2016 8:11 AM

    You beat your sons balls with a switch, idiot ! You want people to feel sorry for YOU? GOd, I hate this jerk !

  29. Treat manning like Brady says: Jan 6, 2016 8:11 AM

    Great role model. Is this what Bart Scott and the rest of the blockheads who comment here mean when they talk about toughness?

    Should have done time.

  30. putthatkoolaiddown says: Jan 6, 2016 8:12 AM

    “Not really bright” is an understatement. He still doesn’t understand that he was wrong, doesn’t understand that the lack of sympathy he has received is justified, and just doesn’t understand that no words are ever going to change any of that. He is completely clueless. The fact that he continues to earn millions representing the NFL is beyond comprehension.

  31. footballfanatic says: Jan 6, 2016 8:13 AM

    Sooooo AP gets 1 yr suspension, Ray Rice gets suspended indefinitely……..things are cool. Brady gets 4 games and the world goes nuts and says goodell has too much power. Weird how when it comes to Krafts team (aka- the Asst. Commsisioner) things to get escalated and ultimately dropped. No owner should have that power over the commissioner or the league.

  32. skoobyfl says: Jan 6, 2016 8:13 AM

    Funny how he whipped this out now, you can’t outrun ignorance.

  33. intrafinesse says: Jan 6, 2016 8:20 AM

    Adrian,
    You abused you baby, you are seriously messed up.
    I got mad at my baby for crying a lot.
    I never touched him.

    You sent your baby to the hospital.
    You are worse than Michael Vick.

  34. censorshipstinks says: Jan 6, 2016 8:21 AM

    YOU beat a kid you should be in JAIL.

  35. ecniner says: Jan 6, 2016 8:21 AM

    Look in the mirror!!!
    You abused children!!!
    Who is blund??? !!!!

    What as sad article…

  36. intrafinesse says: Jan 6, 2016 8:22 AM

    >>You beat your sons balls with a switch, idiot ! You want people to feel sorry for YOU? GOd, I hate this jerk !

    AP is seriously messed up. If he freaked out and slapped him, it would be one thing.
    But to beat yous kids balls?
    That wouldn’t even occur to me.
    That’s like some kind of sadistical torture.

  37. seattlesue427 says: Jan 6, 2016 8:22 AM

    Just one more reason to root for the Hawks.

  38. censorshipstinks says: Jan 6, 2016 8:22 AM

    Correcting a child does not draw BLOOD nor do you leave scabs. I got whooped with a belt but not so hard to draw blood. My butt was sore. I can only imagine what AP’s son felt.

  39. MossMoon2Packers says: Jan 6, 2016 8:24 AM

    This is addressed to those who condemn Peterson for being a bad parent for disciplining his son by “switching” him — something which I do NOT condone in any way.

    You are judging Peterson based on ONE incident. THAT’S THE TOTAL EXTENT OF YOUR KNOWLEDGE. On that basis, you’ve concluded that Peterson is a bad parent. Can your entire parenting skill set be conclusively determined by ONE incident (good or bad) involving you and your child that comes to public attention?

    Peterson speaks of his interactions with his son involving teaching lessons, playing, having affection for one another, etc.. I’ve also seen several photos of Peterson with his son where they show affection and smile. Why haven’t you considered that as evidence that Peterson may be a good, loving father?

    What you don’t understand is that someone can be a good, loving parent even though s/he physically disciplines a child. For example, even though my parents physically disciplined me, sometimes unfairly and sometimes excessively, I absolutely know that they were good, loving parents, and I’m very grateful for the upbringing they gave me. And there are, no doubt, hundreds of millions of other people who have had similar experiences and came to the same conclusion.

    Lastly, I’d bet my last dollar that many of the morally superior and righteous people who condemn Peterson call themselves Christian, yet conveniently ignore Christ’s lessons about forgiveness. The hypocrisy is breath-taking!

  40. footballgodtb12 says: Jan 6, 2016 8:25 AM

    The biggest issue is in his own words…he didn’t learn anything, he doesn’t think he did anything wrong and he isn’t accountable for anything that happened. The whole point of the way HE was punished when he was younger isn’t acceptable…”Back in the day” that’s the way it was, but there were alot of things “Back in the day” that was “acceptable”, towards, black people, gay people, women….but its now 2016…TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE. Grow up and get educated AP

  41. viking1961 says: Jan 6, 2016 8:25 AM

    Should have went to jail /PRISON like: HORNUNG, SHARPER, JOLLY, CHUMURA, GUION, QUARLESS, GEIN, DAHMER ….. !!!! …… ( ALL EX-PACKERS & fans )

  42. truthfactory says: Jan 6, 2016 8:27 AM

    It’s confounding to me that AP has been allowed back in the NFL but Ray Rice remains blackballed by the league (apparently).

    What Rice did was terrible, but not nearly as bad as AP beating his kid with a stick. AP gets welcomed back with open arms – and apparently no remorse – while Rice can’t even get a look.

    It’s just an obvious moral inconsistency, for lack of a better term, is all I’m saying.
    ————

    Um… The reason Ray Rice is not in the league has nothing to do with beating a woman compared to beating a child.

    Ray Rice was approaching 30 and came off his worst statistical year since he’s been in the league. Knowing how replaceable RB’s are, especially ones nearing 30 averaging 3.4 ypc, it’s easy to see why no GM wanted to take on the PR hit in exchange for someone who probably wasn’t worth it on the field.

  43. jgedgar70 says: Jan 6, 2016 8:30 AM

    “Better to keep your mouth closed and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.”

    Way to go, AP. You just destroyed any goodwill you might have built up with the fans.

  44. pete2112 says: Jan 6, 2016 8:30 AM

    All I can say is wow…. This guy doesn’t have a clue. He actually considers himself a victim which shows that he still doesn’t think he did a thing wrong to his defenseless child. Some people should not be allowed to reproduce.

  45. sb44champs says: Jan 6, 2016 8:32 AM

    AP gets welcomed back with open arms – and apparently no remorse – while Rice can’t even get a look.
    =============================
    One player (Rice) was already on his way out averaging 3.1 per carry whereas Peterson averaged 4.5 per carry the year prior to his transgression. That might have something to do with it..

  46. nfl1818 says: Jan 6, 2016 8:32 AM

    And in return, we ask that you don’t pass judgement on Fatherhood, which you don’t know anything about.

  47. banyshinigami says: Jan 6, 2016 8:33 AM

    Do I think Peterson was lied to by Goodell and his croonies? Absolutely. But buddy, there is really no excuse for what you did. Show compassion, admit you were in the wrong, and say your moving on to becoming a better man. That’s the problem with Ray Lewis. I think he did wrong, and now he preaches to people. But he has never openly atoned for his own sins. So he’s a hypocrite (and yes we all have been too.)

  48. pete2112 says: Jan 6, 2016 8:37 AM

    For those of you down thumbing common sense posts, you’re just as sick as AP if you can’t see how wrong it is for AP to be acting like a victim when it was a little boy who was beaten and probably continues to get a “whuppin” based on his twisted view on the subject.

  49. titimium says: Jan 6, 2016 8:38 AM

    He’s an ego maniac on the highest of levels. Wack job doesn’t begin to describe how deranged he is. Good father? Ask him about his kid in S.D. who was beaten to death by the kid’s mother’s boyfriend. Oh that’s right he’s such an in touch guy he didn’t know about the kid till after he died. Look up the birthday party he threw for him self last off season. How much it cost, the things he did to bring in people from around the country to celebrate ADRIAN PETERSON. The very misunderstood local good guy!

  50. romophobic says: Jan 6, 2016 8:40 AM

    What kills me is that people have no problem with him playing yet want Greg Hardy and Ray Rice banned for life. It is intellectually dishonest to not apply a harsher judgment on Peterson but they could at least show some sort of integrity and want equal punishment. That’s right, he’s good. People look the other way when athletes are good.

  51. Akula says: Jan 6, 2016 8:42 AM

    Now I get it.

    People up North shovel snow and people in the south whip their kids till they bleed. I had no idea it was that simple. Must be the heat.

  52. TheDPR says: Jan 6, 2016 8:43 AM

    AP has it wrong in so many ways.

    He should be showing contrition for his crimes and gratitude for the opportunity to be back in the league. Instead he’s acting like an entitled punk who was done wrong.

    Sure Roger is a DB and easy target but if anything he went too easy on AP.

  53. joe6606 says: Jan 6, 2016 8:45 AM

    He also conveniently forgot to mention that he stuffed leaves in his kid’s mouth. That, for me, pushed what he did over the line to something so sadistic that no one can reasonably argue that “this is what we do in Texas. “

  54. patsfiend says: Jan 6, 2016 8:45 AM

    I clicked on this wanting to rag on Goodell, but jeez AP sounds like a jerk here. Get out of the 60’s, man. What you did is NOT the same as a spanking.

    Can you imagine being a little kid and having a ripped and angry AP coming at you with a stick? I’m 6′ 3″ 200 lbs (ding!) and am pretty sure that I’d pee myself.

  55. awdlmd says: Jan 6, 2016 8:45 AM

    And yet Cam is a bad person because he didn’t go get an outdated piece of paper signed.

  56. spiffybiff says: Jan 6, 2016 8:46 AM

    More this dude talks the less you likely him. Lot of comes down to he just isn’t very smart unfortunately. Overgrown child

  57. jiffyjeff1 says: Jan 6, 2016 8:46 AM

    Mr Peterson…. you beat your kid with a ‘switch’!!! Roger may have botched the process in the worse case scenario, but you HIT YOUR KID WITH A FOREIGN OBJECT! CHILD ABUSER!

  58. ninozlatino says: Jan 6, 2016 8:46 AM

    So we compare deflating footballs to deflating a childs balls? Yea. That’s lovely. Some of you are as clueless as this idiot. When this happened my son was the same age as the kid he beat. I looked at my son and welled up. I couldn’t imagine anyone beating him like that for anything. I won’t say I never laid a hand on my child. The way I grew up punishment extends to more than words at times. But what he did is unfathomable and unexplainable regardless of what opening question Goodell wanted to lead with.

  59. ejmat2 says: Jan 6, 2016 8:47 AM

    Viking fan here. What AP did was a disgusting act and should not be condoned. I understand that is how he as raised but times have changed a lot since he was a child and he should have been more educated. Personally I wouldn’t have cared if he didn’t play another NFL snap. However since he is and he’s on the Vikings I have no choice but to hope he does well both on and off the field.

    To compare him to Rice and say what AP did is much worse is one opinion. Mine on the other hand thinks what Rice did was just as bad. Rice punched a woman (albeit a grown woman) twice to where she was knocked out. Then he proceeded to drag her out of an elevator and kick her because she wasn’t getting up. That’s not a lessor act in my opinion. Both are disgusting. Now why AP is in the league and Rice isn’t has nothing to do with discipline as some of you are stating. It has to do with talent. Rice wasn’t doing well prior to his act and therefore teams weren’t wiling to take a chance on him. AP is still doing well and that is why teams were willing to give him another chance. When he was reinstated as much as people don’t like him fans were hoping their team would trade for him. Not every fan but fans from every team. You can’t say that about Rice.

  60. bythebay15 says: Jan 6, 2016 8:48 AM

    Good article MDS. And thank you for taking a stand.

  61. fwippel says: Jan 6, 2016 8:48 AM

    On the one hand, Peterson deserved to be suspended for what he did. He was wrong. That said, he has paid his debt to society and the league, and seems to have made an honest effort not over-discipline his children going forward.

    On the other hand, he does have a legitimate beef with Goodell. After Goodell’s botching of the Ray Rice situation, Goodell had a chance to handle Peterson’s situation better, and instead he took a pass on it, leaving it up to the Vikings to take the lead in suspending Peterson, and leaving both the Vikings and Peterson in limbo for the 2014 season.

    Goodell has proven his incompetence many times over; he is the epitome of the proverbial empty suit. When the heat got turned on the league, he ran and hid instead of taking a leadership role. The fact that he’s still holding the commissioner’s post is beyond logic.

  62. footballboozer says: Jan 6, 2016 8:48 AM

    Peterson is right, Goodell doesn’t have a clue. He continues to allow people to abuse weaker individuals and he talks about the integrity of the game.
    Goodell has to go, period!

  63. wozzmann1955 says: Jan 6, 2016 8:49 AM

    Dont have to donate Adrian’s brain when he dies,,we know he’s sick already

  64. thepftpoet2 says: Jan 6, 2016 8:50 AM

    His upbringing created the greatest nfl rusher of all time. He was only doing as his daddy done him. Don’t mess with what works. One act should not define a man. But he who has not sinned has my support in throwing the first stone. Give piece a chance and forgive others.

  65. mancave001 says: Jan 6, 2016 8:53 AM

    From the article:

    “Peterson may say that Goodell’s question is naive, but Goodell was merely trying to establish what, exactly, Peterson thought was acceptable about the way he abused his son. Goodell was offering Peterson a chance to explain himself, but the reality is there is no acceptable explanation for child abuse.”
    _______________________

    Most salient point on PFT, ever. Well done on this one.

  66. patriotsticketssince1978 says: Jan 6, 2016 8:54 AM

    Beating a child the way Peterson did is inexcusable. These comments about how Goodell didn’t understand Peterson’s perspective are loathsome as well.

    The NFL did offer him a settlement of no additional games and a fine which they used as a bait and switch. Peterson called them on it. The NFL denied the offer even having Jeff Pash deny it on ESPN. Then Peterson released the tape of Vincent making him the exact offer Peterson said they did. This proved once again that the NFL and their officers (in this case Troy Vincent and Jeff Pash) are lying scum.

  67. Great Caesar's Ghost says: Jan 6, 2016 8:55 AM

    You poor thing!

  68. dolphins62 says: Jan 6, 2016 8:55 AM

    This guy has ZERO BUSINESS being called a “Dad or a Father” . He thinks being a pro athlete gives him a pass! When a 4 year old toddler gets, I just hope this poor little guy doesn’t learn this behavior when he gets older. Mr Peterson is a poor excuse for a father!!

  69. sheilaspapa says: Jan 6, 2016 8:56 AM

    I don’t know what a whuppin’ is either. What I would like to know is what a 4 year old can do that is soooo bad to be so unmercilessly beaten.
    AP still has some HUGE issues that still need to be addressed.

  70. doubleogator says: Jan 6, 2016 9:00 AM

    He’s either plain stupid or in total denial…or both.

  71. wahoo21 says: Jan 6, 2016 9:03 AM

    Memo to AP

    I have 4 kids with the same wife and never beat any of them.

    They all went to college and one is a Army Ranger

    I’m a better father than you are

  72. stellarperformance says: Jan 6, 2016 9:03 AM

    What a delusional idiot. I can’t even expound……he’s that dumb.

  73. tommykramer9 says: Jan 6, 2016 9:10 AM

    AP needs to understand that hes not real bright and maybe he just needs to shut up, maybe worry more about all of your FUMBLES……

  74. danm1978 says: Jan 6, 2016 9:12 AM

    Peterson doesn’t actually realise that if he was just an average Joe and did that…he would be in prison. Nor does he realise being a good parent entails a little bit more than talking to them via phone applications.Also he doesn’t realise there actually is such a thing as contraception. Amazing.

  75. jm91rs says: Jan 6, 2016 9:13 AM

    The older my little toddlers get, and the more they test my authority, the more I get angry at this clown for using a stick on his child. Stop talking Adrian. Don’t try to justify your child abuse. Even if you don’t believe it, act like you learned a lesson. You’re a once in a lifetime talent with no brain.

  76. 6250claimer says: Jan 6, 2016 9:16 AM

    Trojan should sponsor Peterson and some of these other prodigious athletic “fathers”. Provide him with $millions in product so that he never finds himself without the protection he needs to keep him from winding up in situations like this. He could star in advertising for them: “I’m Adrian Peterson and I ALWAYS wear a raincoat! I only have 2 kids and both on purpose, and I actually live near their mother and we’re on speaking terms!”

  77. sdelmonte says: Jan 6, 2016 9:17 AM

    Amazing that AP manages to make what Goddell tried to do seem like it was the right thing. Legally, it was not. And it was pretty paternalistic. But dear lord, AP doesn’t get it, and probably never will. Goddell was right in saying that AP needs to show true understanding and true contrition, and has not.

  78. jillontario says: Jan 6, 2016 9:18 AM

    Wth does a snow day have to do with kicking your sons butt? Bottom line, you’re wrong man. You shouldn’t do that to your son. Come on.

  79. zappa69 says: Jan 6, 2016 9:22 AM

    Thank you for telling us what roger thought.

  80. corporatemediaprostitute says: Jan 6, 2016 9:22 AM

    What Peterson did was dead wrong. Hitting children teaches them that violence is an acceptable means to an end. Still, I have no interest in your or Sports Illustrated’s opinions on the matter.

  81. selldannysell says: Jan 6, 2016 9:23 AM

    In the Sports Illustrated article, Peterson insists that he has grown as a father and “there’s not many fathers better than me.” Although he doesn’t live with most of his children (he’s had seven children with multiple women) he says he keeps in touch on FaceTime and Skype.

    ——————————————————-

    Right, because FaceTime and Skype are better ways of parenting than actually being around your children physically and teaching them right and wrong in their daily lives.

  82. pkrlvr says: Jan 6, 2016 9:25 AM

    What’s even sadder than AP’s justifications are all the Viking fans thumbs downing the comments. Way to stand up for your child beater guys!! Keep it up, he needs your support, life is really hard for him right now.

  83. bigbluefandom says: Jan 6, 2016 9:27 AM

    You beat a child. What does Roger Godell have to do with anything?

  84. bazookajoeflacco says: Jan 6, 2016 9:31 AM

    I honestly don’t care about anything that these guys do off the field. I watch football on Sundays because I like the athletes, the performances and the competition. I like the big hits, the great catches, the big runs, the comeback victories. When the games end on Monday night, that’s it for me. I don’t go digging for stories about whether or not these guys are role models because frankly I don’t care.

  85. Zac F. says: Jan 6, 2016 9:38 AM

    It makes me cringe to see the “court of public opinion” work these days.

    Greg Hardy got into a fight with his ex-girlfriend, beat her up, and the NFL punished him. His paid suspension in 2014 and subsequent 4-game unpaid suspension in 2015 will ultimately cost him tens of millions of dollars in his career as he did not come back to the game as the same guy he was when he left.

    And people are constantly lighting up their torches because he doesn’t “seem sorry enough.”

    Adrian Peterson was disciplining his child and he went WAY OVERBOARD, but there is also a major cultural issue here as many Southern and especially Southern blacks discipline their children in this way. It was wrong, it is wrong. He spent most of last year out of the league and for whatever reason was not suspended to start this year.

    Still, people want to wag their finger at him and criticize him because he’s not tripping over himself to apologize for what happened, and maybe he still doesn’t even understand exactly how wrong it was.

    But here’s a fact: people can have dark moments in their lives and still be good people on the other end. Whether they show remorse in the court of public opinion is irrelevant. That does nothing real, except make a bunch of internet trolls feel better.

  86. dohczeppelin says: Jan 6, 2016 9:38 AM

    Hitting your kid on the butt with an open hand is a lot different than hitting him with a stick, Adrian…. You’re a freaking giant, even compared to a regular adult man. Is the stick really necessary to exert enough force to make your point?

    Personally I don’t believe in either option, but I don’t hold it against people for spanking their kids as long as they aren’t physically beating them. Using a stick counts as the latter though…

    Just another jerk who’s famous because he can run fast. The party will be over in a couple of years, bud. Then you’re going to be the one getting beaten, by crippling child support payments.

  87. cowboyfan45 says: Jan 6, 2016 9:39 AM

    So let me get this straight AP, you beat a helpless child and somehow it’s the fault of Goodell that he didn’t understand what YOU were going through….maybe it’s time to give up football, too many hits taken to the head clearly!!

  88. mvp43 says: Jan 6, 2016 9:39 AM

    A whuppin is what the Vikings will get from Seattle this weekend.

  89. hawks52 says: Jan 6, 2016 9:39 AM

    It seriously must be tough for Vikings fans. There team has shown they are on the rise – just when I thought my Bears are finally ready to take on the Packers, it turns out it’s the Vikings who are the real team to be dealt with in the division.

    But then you have this issue. Anyone with a conscious would have a difficult time cheering on this sadistic person. Of course you want your team to win, but to know it can’t be done without him makes a moral dilemma.

    Best case for Vikings fans would be winning on the arm of Teddy rather than the legs of AP. But I can’t see that happening.

    I won’t pass judgement because I don’t know how I’d react if the Bears had such a player. I’m just very glad they don’t now.

  90. speicher145 says: Jan 6, 2016 9:39 AM

    The Minnesota Adrian Petersons…

  91. realityonetwo says: Jan 6, 2016 9:42 AM

    Good gawd, Adrian. Just shut up.

    –Vikings fan since 1970

  92. katientony says: Jan 6, 2016 9:42 AM

    Someone should tell this man to never talk to the media again. He sounds more and more like an ignorant moron every time he talks to any media people. Shut up you moron. Many of us, perhaps against our better judgement, tried to move on from the fact that you are ignorant and uninformed. Every time you speak with the media and try to explain your side of the story we all rethink our decision to move on from your terrible actions. Although, as a society, perhaps that is for the best.

  93. nhpats says: Jan 6, 2016 9:45 AM

    vikingforlife says:
    Jan 6, 2016 8:08 AM
    Goodell is an ass and so are the people who continue to judge, it is over! Everyone else should get over it, too! He paid the steep price (NOT $$$). I wonder how fat the refs pockets are getting IN favor of the Seahawks from Goodell this weekend???? We’ll see…….

    —————

    Peterson should be in jail.

  94. gopack12go says: Jan 6, 2016 9:45 AM

    ONLY ones defending him are Viking fans. PATHETIC!!!! Take your purple blinders off, fools.

  95. Treat manning like Brady says: Jan 6, 2016 9:47 AM

    MossMoon2Packers says:
    Jan 6, 2016 8:24 AM
    This is addressed to those who condemn Peterson for being a bad parent for disciplining his son by “switching” him — something which I do NOT condone in any way.

    You are judging Peterson based on ONE incident. THAT’S THE TOTAL EXTENT OF YOUR KNOWLEDGE

    Not true,

    we know he is irresponsible with his procreation,

    7 kids by his age with multiple women. Kids aren’t things to collect. They are actual people who will have to deal with his perverse notion of what family and parenting are all about.

    Great role model.

  96. RegisHawk says: Jan 6, 2016 9:47 AM

    Right, because FaceTime and Skype are better ways of parenting than actually being around your children physically and teaching them right and wrong in their daily lives.

    In his defense…screw that. In his kids’ defense, YES, that is exactly the best way for him to interact with them. He should never be allowed near a child again, regardless of paternity. This guy makes Cromartie look good.

  97. glac1 says: Jan 6, 2016 9:48 AM

    I guess Adrian didn’t learn anything.. Another year suspension might serve him well. Eventually it will soak in that you can’t beat your own child with a tree trunk……

  98. glac1 says: Jan 6, 2016 9:50 AM

    By keeping him employed it also shows us the character of the viking organization.

  99. headwoundharry says: Jan 6, 2016 9:53 AM

    When in doubt, always play the “I Hate Goodell” card, right AP? Good ol Rog made you whip your kid with a stick, yes? Shame on him. Bad Rog, bad!

  100. thetooloftools says: Jan 6, 2016 9:54 AM

    I need to use him as an avatar.

  101. j0esixpack says: Jan 6, 2016 9:59 AM

    Couldn’t have said it better myself MDS

    Though Goodelll is still a corrupt idiot

    Too bad he doesn’t go after domestic abusers and PED violaters with the same vigor he does for an equipment violation that is easily explained by the Laws of Physics

    Just our luck the NFL owners and commissioner all failed 7th grade science

  102. amaf21 says: Jan 6, 2016 10:01 AM

    Not sure how this guy is still in the league. #trash

  103. aa1829 says: Jan 6, 2016 10:02 AM

    Another selfish entitled person. The magnitude of his not understanding is breathtaking. Is Malcom X one of your hero, then remember what he said…to paraphrase, “wrong is wrong.”

  104. qbarrel says: Jan 6, 2016 10:05 AM

    There aren’t words in the English language to describe how little I respect this toolbag.

  105. scjohnny says: Jan 6, 2016 10:06 AM

    All year he kept his mouth shut played pretty well & now in playoffs…why start yacking now what you went through was self induced…quit taking attention away from your team as they prepare for playoffs.

  106. randomguy9999 says: Jan 6, 2016 10:06 AM

    there’s lots of people who know what a whippin is, doesn’t mean it was ever right

  107. pete2112 says: Jan 6, 2016 10:08 AM

    I don’t blame him for not being smart as he probably never had to learn or work in school because of his athletic ability, but you would think someone on his payroll would be smart enough to keep him from opening his mouth about this and spewing his complete ignorance on the subject. For someone who can hardly form a sentence when he speaks or texts I’m not surprised by how out of whack he is with reality. Lets hope he doesn’t continue spreading his seed across the country.

  108. primemundo says: Jan 6, 2016 10:08 AM

    “What? I get them tickets when I’m in their town.” Father of the year!

  109. dreadnok89 says: Jan 6, 2016 10:10 AM

    between the party boat fiasco his charity money was used for and the child beating nonsense, hes lucky to even be in the nfl

  110. ninerfan81 says: Jan 6, 2016 10:12 AM

    undisciplined children grow up to be burdens on society

  111. dubblelznhell says: Jan 6, 2016 10:13 AM

    Used to like this guy….he’s clearly an idiot. Feel bad for his family.

  112. krm62015 says: Jan 6, 2016 10:15 AM

    No matter what you say AD, you are and will always be a child beater. So shut up and deal with it. Nothing can take back what you did, you can only try and get better. But by the sounds of your pity party you will never get it. Let’s hope you do the world a favor and stop breeding. Great RB, yes. Horrible person, definitely. Child abuser, always.

  113. chuckforeman44 says: Jan 6, 2016 10:15 AM

    Lifelong Vikings fan. I love AP because hes a great RB. I hate AP for EVERYTHING else about him. Hes so self absorbed that even now, he still thinks HE’s the victim in all of this. I wish Minnesota would trade him this offseason and get a set of old golf clubs and some twinkies for him while he still has value (as a football player). Give the job to McKinnon, the kid has a lot of potential.

  114. dickroy says: Jan 6, 2016 10:16 AM

    For Peterson to say “there are not many fathers better than me”. Then say he keeps up with his kids through FaceTime and Skype, just shows how out of touch he is. Does he really think that those two statements back to back are going to convince the public that he is a good father?

  115. vikingforlife says: Jan 6, 2016 10:16 AM

    glac1: I guess you are not a fan of the Steelers, the Eagles, the Cowboys, and countless other NFL teams who gave players 2nd chances who have done worse????

  116. bigbenh8tr says: Jan 6, 2016 10:17 AM

    No my father didn’t make me bleed but he hit me on numerous occasions with a branch, coat hanger, belt, etc. and it was for the better. Old school parenting worked. There is a reason baby boomers and their children behaved better than kids today.

  117. pastanow says: Jan 6, 2016 10:26 AM

    AP is the epitome of stupid.

  118. xpensivewinos says: Jan 6, 2016 10:29 AM

    Einstein said the difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.

  119. 48power says: Jan 6, 2016 10:50 AM

    He has got to be the dumbest human being on the planet. Where’s Al Harris and his cheap shot when you really need him?

  120. topcide says: Jan 6, 2016 10:54 AM

    I Guess I also don’t know what ” A whuppin” is either, simply because my parents were not animals that beat me with tree branches.

  121. RE LEE says: Jan 6, 2016 10:56 AM

    Shut your mouth and get a vasectomy.

  122. j0esixpack says: Jan 6, 2016 10:56 AM

    bigbenh8tr says: No my father didn’t make me bleed but he hit me on numerous occasions with a branch, coat hanger, belt, etc. and it was for the better. Old school parenting worked. There is a reason baby boomers and their children behaved better than kids today.
    ==============================

    I’ve never hit my kids and never will

    They are intelligent, empathetic, happy exceptionally well behaved

    Only the intellectually challenged think that physical violence is the only way to discipline children

    There are some aspects of “old school parenting” that absolutely should be emulated by today’s parents.

    Teaching violence and continuing a cycle of physical abuse is not one of them

  123. thebirdofprey says: Jan 6, 2016 10:57 AM

    Adrian Peterson – You are not the victim, you are the abuser. If I did something so vile I don’t think I would talk about it all the time to remind people.

  124. In Teddy We Trust says: Jan 6, 2016 11:00 AM

    I hate what AP did, I hate that he continues to have children with multiple women, and I hate that he professes to be a Christian while engaging in this behavior. I think he’s one of the dumbest people alive. I called for him to be traded last offseason and I continue to want him to be traded this offseason.

    Nevertheless, it makes me sick to read the self-righteous comments from people who didn’t even read the article. Peterson clearly understands that the incident went way beyond what is acceptable discipline and he has apologized and shown remorse multiple times. He does not belong in prison and he is not a danger to children. His child does not fear him despite what happened.

    Now commence with the thumbs down so you can feel better about what a good person you are.

  125. Bob says: Jan 6, 2016 11:00 AM

    Unconscionable that Sports Illustrated would give this monster a forum.

  126. ruvelligwebuike says: Jan 6, 2016 11:03 AM

    The face of the Vikings franchise.

  127. dalvar1001 says: Jan 6, 2016 11:09 AM

    Yes it is really hard to be a piece of garbage parent have kids you do not know about and beat the ones you do know about and call it love. I feel for you man.

  128. zeke2517 says: Jan 6, 2016 11:12 AM

    Dude should be removed from society.

  129. kinger96 says: Jan 6, 2016 11:14 AM

    Everyone seems to be forgetting the most important part… AP rode a camel into his own Birthday party.

  130. aquineas1 says: Jan 6, 2016 11:18 AM

    Maybe this is part of the problem, but I doubt you’ll find many African American or southern players in general who didn’t experience “whoopins” growing up.

    My grandparents were fond of reminding me that when they were kids, if you got caught misbehaving away from home, it wasn’t just your parents who “whooped you.” Apparently any adult who knew your parents would and could “whoop” you on the spot, then you’d go home and you’d get whooped again not just for doing wrong, but for embarrassing the family.

    Times have changed for sure, but generally speaking, whether we want to or not, we learn a lot about parenting from our parents. Some of that is good, and some of it is not-so-good.

  131. topcide says: Jan 6, 2016 11:24 AM

    bigbenh8tr says: No my father didn’t make me bleed but he hit me on numerous occasions with a branch, coat hanger, belt, etc. and it was for the better. Old school parenting worked. There is a reason baby boomers and their children behaved better than kids today

    ——————————————————————-

    I love the comments going on about how kids that aren’t beaten have no respect for anything.

    My parents were baby boomers, and I was spanked, maybe twice in my life ever, my sister never got spanked that I know of. I don’t really condone it, but spanking is much different from a ” whuppin.” And sorry, hitting a kid with an open hand may be acceptable, but using a foreign object is not, ever.

    My parents quite frankly didn’t believe in hitting kids and that was not how they parented. According to your logic that turns kids into disrespectful brats and they should be beaten when ever they step out of line.

    My sister and I are both in our mid and late 30’s, college graduates, home owners, and married. She is a Police Sergeant getting groomed to be LT , and I work for a fortune 100 company.

    But, I guess my parents should have beaten us more according to you.

  132. inallsincerity says: Jan 6, 2016 11:31 AM

    He did what he was supposed to do. Sorry folks, a ‘time-out’ wouldn’t have sufficed for a little boy that pushed his sister off of a bicycle she was riding. Thank goodness Adrian’s daughter didn’t suffer any head trauma or some other serious injury. An ass-whooping was warranted and may prevent his son from committing domestic violence in the future. ‘Might is right’, only applies to America’s foreign policy.

  133. toybkshr says: Jan 6, 2016 11:31 AM

    Geez – I didn’t think there was anything that could make Goodell look reasonable and credible, but AP pulled it off!

  134. monkeesfan says: Jan 6, 2016 11:31 AM

    We’re talking about Roger Goodell here. He has proven he has zero credibility about just about anything and that he punishes not based on the truth of a matter but out of an inherent desire to punish. Nothing Goodell does is done out of any objectivity or good faith.

  135. ejmat2 says: Jan 6, 2016 11:32 AM

    pkrlvr says:
    Jan 6, 2016 9:25 AM

    What’s even sadder than AP’s justifications are all the Viking fans thumbs downing the comments. Way to stand up for your child beater guys!! Keep it up, he needs your support, life is really hard for him right now.
    —————————————-
    And you know this how? Are you one of the moderators? I have no issues with people speaking their mind about the situation. What I do have issues with is people blaming a fan base when there is no way of knowing who’s doing what.

  136. packer4life4ever says: Jan 6, 2016 11:35 AM

    Roger is sending Walt Coleman to ref the game. Roger will have the last laugh.

  137. ejmat2 says: Jan 6, 2016 11:39 AM

    chuckforeman44 says:
    Jan 6, 2016 10:15 AM

    Lifelong Vikings fan. I love AP because hes a great RB. I hate AP for EVERYTHING else about him. Hes so self absorbed that even now, he still thinks HE’s the victim in all of this. I wish Minnesota would trade him this offseason and get a set of old golf clubs and some twinkies for him while he still has value (as a football player). Give the job to McKinnon, the kid has a lot of potential.
    ————————————
    Great post. I too wish MN would trade him this offseason for a couple of reasons. Not just because of the abuse issue. Also, because at this stage in their careers the Vikings need to be building around Teddy (not AP). AP does not fit the style offense where Teddy does better. Sounds crazy saying that about the leagues leading rusher but here is the truth. Teddy is a shotgun passer. AP needs the QB under Center. In a league where passing is more important than a RB and the fact that Teddy is still very young, I would now look to cater to Teddy after this season is over. I think McKinnon is coming into his own and fits Teddy’s style better than AP. Not that he’s better than AP but he fits this style better. No doubt AP is still a beast on the field and people that don’t watch the Vikings enough don’t see how good he really is being that his OLine can’t open up many holes for him. But the truth is, McKinnon fits Teddy’s strengths better. Asiata is a good change of pace back and is more effective on third downs. Just my two cents which of course counts for nothing. But something the Vikings should think about this offseason. Trade him while his value is still there.

  138. liftheavyorliftheavy says: Jan 6, 2016 11:40 AM

    aquineas1 — Well stated.

  139. snowlock2013 says: Jan 6, 2016 11:45 AM

    Peterson is a gigantic narcissist with a very nice smile and runs the football in a way that’s very fun to watch at times. (not so much when he’s blocking). He may also be developmentally disabled. That’s no joke or personal attack.

  140. selfpromotingqb says: Jan 6, 2016 12:00 PM

    Hahaha funny

  141. pete2112 says: Jan 6, 2016 12:07 PM

    Hey AP, you have the money so have someone in your entourage go get you a life supply of contraceptives because clearly you have no right to ever bring another life into this world with your warped sense of entitlement and delusional outlook.

    Good luck to you when you no longer have the gift of being a star RB in the NFL and have to live life like a normal person with rules and consequences to your actions.

  142. TeeHeeLOLatPatsHaters says: Jan 6, 2016 12:10 PM

    Let’s Make the NFL Great Again!

    #FireGoodell

  143. whatjusthapped says: Jan 6, 2016 12:10 PM

    Just keep in mind, this is the face of the Viking’s franchise and in so many ways, he is an apt representation of the Viking fan base; not very bright at all, law breakers are welcome as long as they help the team win, and winless in the big game(s).

  144. bworacle says: Jan 6, 2016 12:11 PM

    Maybe it should be about your child not you (self centered idiot).

  145. dreamicus says: Jan 6, 2016 12:17 PM

    So why does he have a hard time understanding the “whoopin” Roger gave him?

  146. billybmore says: Jan 6, 2016 12:20 PM

    Unfortunately, in his culture and where “he’s from” paying your child support for 7 kids to multiple baby mama’s, means = “there’s not many fathers better than me.” and herein lies the problem folks. No accountability. It all starts at home.

  147. mogogo1 says: Jan 6, 2016 12:22 PM

    One of those times that saying nothing would have been SOOO much better than talking.

    This was apparently the conversation he expected to have with Goodell: “Sorry that you abusing your kid was an inconvenience AP. Here’s our Man of the Year award to try and make up for it.”

  148. dragonfly99 says: Jan 6, 2016 12:26 PM

    Every time this guy opens his mouth, he looks like an idiot. Doesn’t matter though Vikings fans still worship the guy.

  149. steelerfanjo says: Jan 6, 2016 12:27 PM

    Goodell is not a leader. He is a collector of paychecks. He is ruining the game. This was one of the worst years ever for NFL football all due to this man.

  150. glenne81 says: Jan 6, 2016 12:34 PM

    I am a White Man from Minnesota. I know what Snow is. And believe me when i had it coming, my Ol’ Man taught me what a Whuppin’ was.

  151. bonesawisready says: Jan 6, 2016 12:41 PM

    selldannysell says:

    Right, because FaceTime and Skype are better ways of parenting than actually being around your children physically and teaching them right and wrong in their daily lives.

    ____________________________

    Well in the particular case of Peterson’s children, they actually might be better off with him sticking to Skype. He obviously hasn’t learned anything from this whole situation, he clearly doesn’t think he actually did anything wrong. Somehow in his own mind he has managed to convince himself that he, not the child, is the victim in this whole thing. I wouldn’t be surprised if something similar happens with him again in the future.

  152. mmack66 says: Jan 6, 2016 12:46 PM

    He should have shown Goodellbot what a whuppin’ is.

    Goodness knows he deserves one.

  153. In Teddy We Trust says: Jan 6, 2016 12:48 PM

    inallsincerity says:
    Jan 6, 2016 11:31 AM

    He did what he was supposed to do. Sorry folks, a ‘time-out’ wouldn’t have sufficed for a little boy that pushed his sister off of a bicycle she was riding. Thank goodness Adrian’s daughter didn’t suffer any head trauma or some other serious injury. An ass-whooping was warranted and may prevent his son from committing domestic violence in the future. ‘Might is right’, only applies to America’s foreign policy.
    ________

    Just a great example of somebody who doesn’t know what he’s talking about. The kid didn’t push his sister off her bicycle, he pushed his brother off something he was sitting on while playing a video game. Also, he was 4 years old so he probably learned through his punishment that might does make right.

  154. buccan33rz1976 says: Jan 6, 2016 12:59 PM

    What about what “one of” your sons was going through? Jackass…..

  155. chawk12thman says: Jan 6, 2016 1:04 PM

    Just when I thought we were out……Peterson pulls us back into this dialog…………not sure how the subject came up, but someone in his camp needs to express to him how this is a no win subject and that he should never publicly discuss it……even if he is trying to explain something not specific to the incident, but related to the process…….

  156. qbarrel says: Jan 6, 2016 1:36 PM

    This dude needs a handler (or a muzzle) stat!

  157. admiral174 says: Jan 6, 2016 2:13 PM

    Minnesota – Is the winning worth keeping this guy on your team?

  158. shaggytoodle says: Jan 6, 2016 2:43 PM

    What Peterson did EXCEEDS “whupping” He excessively struck his child and, shoved leaves in his mouth.

    I don’t care where you come from, thats abuse.

    Maybe if the people that raised Peterson had disciplined him properly, he would know how to take responsibility for his actions, instead of acting like a victim, that just got a switch took to them.

  159. joker65 says: Jan 6, 2016 3:16 PM

    Great player.

    Stupid human being.

  160. nicofthenorthstar says: Jan 6, 2016 3:54 PM

    This guy.
    I wonder what occupies all the space in that big old head of his, it sure as heck ain’t brains.
    He insults fathers everywhere with his comments. Child abuse aside, the fact that he’s got kids all over the country and considers paying child support and skyping occasionally being a good father tells you all you need to know. Not just short on brains – running a little deficit in the character department as well.

    My offseason wish for the Vikes: Draft a RB no later than the third round to learn from Matt Forte in the new look MN backfield.
    And buy Peterson a one way Greyhound bus ticket to the destination of his choice.

  161. purplepackerhater says: Jan 6, 2016 3:55 PM

    You can tell who the packer fans are by their attempt to link AP’s behavior/opinions with that of the entire franchise, or worse, the entire fan base.

    I’ll begin by saying I don’t condone his actions, but I also don’t condone self-righteous condemnations from people who don’t know him or his life. Let God be the judge, he knows more than any of you about it.

    First, I’m sure there are statistics out there on jersey sales in the last 18 months that would prove there’s not a lot of “worship” of AP going on. Second, the fans and the state have no control over what the organization does and you don’t abandon your team because you disagree with one of their decisions. Third, it’s likely they tried to trade AP, but couldn’t find enough value to justify the move and had they done so they’d been ridiculed and blasted for giving away the NFL rushing title winner for peanuts. Fourth, in the grand picture it was obviously a smart business decision to weather the PR storm and keep him as the Vikings went from 7-9 to 11-5 without marked improvement from Teddy. And now that he’s gone out and proven he can lead the league even at 30 years old, the Vikes can trade him to Dallas and get adequate value.

    ***What many of you may not know, because it’s not scandalous enough to warrant PFT attention, AP and his family hosted a xmas party at an orphanage and donated 40k worth of toys. I’m not saying that makes up for what he did, but to characterize him as the face of evil is just ignorant.

  162. inallsincerity says: Jan 6, 2016 3:58 PM

    In Teddy We Trust says:
    Jan 6, 2016 12:48 PM

    Just a great example of somebody who doesn’t know what he’s talking about. The kid didn’t push his sister off her bicycle, he pushed his brother off something he was sitting on while playing a video game. Also, he was 4 years old so he probably learned through his punishment that might does make right.

    ———————————————————————————-I don’t know what I’m talking about because it was his brother, not his sister and it was something other than a bike he was sitting on? HA! I stand corrected, but you got my point, that being the son realizes that there will be consequences to his actions. Like I said before, I’m just happy the brother didn’t suffer a serious injury.

  163. In Teddy We Trust says: Jan 6, 2016 4:29 PM

    There’s a big difference between being pushed off a bike on the street and being pushed off a chair in a living room. The kid didn’t deserve what he got. And my point remains, the kid learned that the answer to violence is more violence.

  164. cribbage12 says: Jan 6, 2016 6:55 PM

    Just let these words sink in. This man is worse than I thought. And Vikings fan brush aside this behavior because he can ball:

    “What a whuppin is, in Peterson’s case, is a freakishly strong man picking up a stick and beating a little boy with it until the boy bled from his back, buttocks, ankles, legs and scrotum. The little boy also had defensive wounds on his hands.”

    Just wow…..

  165. qbarrel says: Jan 6, 2016 7:57 PM

    vikingforlife says:
    Jan 6, 2016 8:08 AM
    Goodell is an ass and so are the people who continue to judge, it is over! Everyone else should get over it, too! He paid the steep price (NOT $$$). I wonder how fat the refs pockets are getting IN favor of the Seahawks from Goodell this weekend???? We’ll see…….

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

    I must be on Bizzaro world right now.

  166. johnnytarr says: Jan 6, 2016 11:38 PM

    Hell of a football player.
    Mental midget.
    – Viking Fan

  167. clk320cpe says: Jan 7, 2016 4:16 AM

    “I’ll begin by saying I don’t condone his actions, but I also don’t condone self-righteous condemnations from people who don’t know him or his life. Let God be the judge, he knows more than any of you about it.”

    It would be hard to be any more self righteous about this situation than AP has been & continues to be.

    You are certainly entitled to your opinion, as we all are, but when you take a stick & beat a child until he bleeds from his back, hands, buttocks & scrotum (scrotum!?! You had to beat his private parts?!?) the situation becomes much bigger than allowing someones personal spiritual beliefs to be our compass. This was excessive child abuse that AP should have done jail time for.

    I don’t care about his life or personal beliefs when you have shown in your words & actions that inflicting that type of abuse on anything weaker than you are is not only acceptable, but you felt was necessary. We as a society shouldn’t need a higher power to remind us how intentionally sick subjecting children & animals to this type of abuse is.

  168. vikingforlife says: Jan 7, 2016 8:31 AM

    Yeah, Bizzaro world where people just can’t let something go because they have nothing better to do with their time then to bash another person who has done EVERYTHING that has been asked of him!!! It is OVER!!! Congratulations, AP on your rushing title!!! Glad you were able to redirect your anger and turn it into a positive! SKOL!!!!

  169. purplepackerhater says: Jan 7, 2016 12:00 PM

    clk320cpe says:
    Jan 7, 2016 4:16 AM
    “I’ll begin by saying I don’t condone his actions, but I also don’t condone self-righteous condemnations from people who don’t know him or his life. Let God be the judge, he knows more than any of you about it.”
    ———–
    It would be hard to be any more self righteous about this situation than AP has been & continues to be…..”
    ————-
    He’s admitted he went too far and needed treatment, which he completed, and has learned from that treatment how to be a better father. His recent comments about Goodell not understanding him doesn’t mean he thinks he should be admonished of the act. Understanding and accepting aren’t the same things.

    AP made a mistake, a heinous one, he’s gone through treatment. He’s lost millions in endorsements as a result. And all indications are that he hasn’t reverted to his old behavior, thus lesson learned.

    If his friends and family, including his son, can forgive him, then what right do people who weren’t personally affected by it have to condemn him year after the fact?

    “To err is human, to forgive is divine.”

  170. clk320cpe says: Jan 8, 2016 2:28 AM

    “If his friends and family, including his son, can forgive him, then what right do people who weren’t personally affected by it have to condemn him year after the fact?”

    His son forgave him?!? How old is the little guy now, 4? He was TWO when AP beat him as he did? Do you think the TWO year old wouldn’t “forgive” his father? Like the little boy understands what happened to him?? All he knows is Daddy was really mad & it’s OK to do things like this when you’re really mad. After all, daddy wouldn’t do anything bad…especially to him…

    Because his family & friends want to make excuses yet again for his abhorrent behavior by “forgiving” something like anger which we are all able to manage when we need to. AP gave into rage & anger & took it out on a 2 year old.

    That’s not a human err…beating a child like he did his son is a deep rooted sickness which most people understand is not a “Oh, I made a mistake” moment all the while chastising others for not understanding how you as a grown man couldn’t manage your uncontrolled anger against your own son.

  171. marvin1958 says: Jan 9, 2016 7:48 AM

    The fact that Peterson is a professional football player isn’t even really germane to the topic except for one thing — Goodell did what law enforcement didn’t.

    Unfortunately, this is the way it goes. NFL players have historically escaped the long arm of the law because of who they are and because they could afford lawyers and public relations firms as “fixers”. No ‘fixing’ for Peterson – he’s been branded now and I’ll never have any pity for any reason, for any man who will do this crap.

    See, my perspective is a little different. When I was in college I “interned” (read: unpaid labor) at a shelter for battered women and children. Until you’ve carried a 9-year-old girl who has been beat to hell from her mother’s car (Mom had been beat to hell too), you can’t possibly know what in the hell you’re talking about if you’re saying “…to forgive divine…”

  172. vazoof says: Jan 10, 2016 2:39 AM

    Most worthless pathetic excuse for a human being in the NFL. If anyone deserves a career-ending industry, it’s this guy.

  173. nyneal says: Jan 10, 2016 4:42 AM

    Peterson is a child abuser and no matter how he spins it, he should have gone to prison for a long time.

  174. lucky5936 says: Jan 10, 2016 9:59 AM

    Yo Adrian,

    I would say 99% of people do not know what you went through because we don’t hit kids with sticks in their groin until they bleed.

    Sincerely,

    Society

  175. bradygirl12 says: Jan 10, 2016 12:37 PM

    I have to say that I’m with Roger Goodell on this one. Peterson is as dumb as a rock. He does not get it. What HE went through??? He abused his 4 year old son,badly. He is very lucky to not be sitting in a jail cell,which is where he should be. I’m sure that all of his kids have received “whuppins” from him and he has the nerve to say that there aren’t many fathers better than him? I feel for his kids,who have such a poor excuse for a father.

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