NFL reviewing Adrian Peterson under personal-conduct policy

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The NFL has confirmed that Adrian Peterson, who was indicted on a charge of injury to a child for striking his 4-year-old son, could be disciplined under the league’s personal-conduct policy.

“This will be reviewed under the NFL’s personal conduct policy,” the league said in a brief statement.

Unfortunately, the Ray Rice fiasco has eliminated any trust anyone ever had that the NFL is capable of a competent review of player misconduct. The NFL failed miserably both with its initial two-game suspension of Rice, and with its inability to acquire the infamous elevator video. Until the NFL makes drastic changes to its policies for reviewing personal-conduct violations, there will be zero public trust that the league will get it right with Peterson.

In the short term, the Vikings have taken it upon themselves to deactivate Peterson on Sunday. That opens a whole other can of worms, about why some teams claim they can’t discipline a player without “due process,” while other teams deactivate players immediately if they are arrested or charged with crimes. And it raises some further questions facing the Vikings: Will they keep Peterson inactive unless and until he’s acquitted? Will they allow him to play the rest of the season with this charge hanging over his head? Will they release Peterson, an idea that would have been unthinkable just 24 hours ago?

We don’t know that, and we don’t know what the NFL’s investigation of the Peterson case will entail. But it’s unlikely to have an outcome that makes the NFL look good.

145 responses to “NFL reviewing Adrian Peterson under personal-conduct policy

  1. Remember those TV commercials selling NFL woman’s jerseys….”You got the hearts of lions. Good things, bad things. It doesn’t matter. That’s who you are”
    The lady who flexes her muscles at the end is wearing a Ray Rice jersey. Another lady is making a move on a skateboard while wearing an Adrian Peterson jersey.
    How are those sales figures working out for you, Roger?
    Good things, bad things. It does matter.

  2. Regardless of what the NFL or the Vikings or even the court system does or does not do to Adrian Peterson, at the end of the day he will still be the father of (however many) children, and he will still be in a position to discipline them when he feels they have misbehaved.

    My hope out of all of this is that Adrian receives some education about the best, most appropriate means of teaching a child right from wrong.

  3. Born and raised in Minnesota and I’ve followed the Vikings since the 60s. My folks blistered me plenty growing up, but I have to say that AP’s discipline was too much for a 4-year-old. Lost a lot of respect for a great player and what appeared to be a stand-up person.
    Some sort of serious consequences are in order, but I’m not sure what. Whatever it is, I’m sure it’ll be much harsher in light of the Ray Rice debacle. AP’s going to pay for some of Rice’s sins.

  4. At least he didn’t murder or rape some body like the cheese heads Packass. Just ask Sharper! Support AP no matter what. People do make mistakes. Any one telling me if he/she has not make any mistakes then obviously you be lying to yourself. We all make mistakes and at least we correct our own mistakes then we’re ok. Will pray for AP.

  5. Let’s just let the Twitter Mob decide guilt, innocence and punishment. We are headed there anyways. Scary.

    #orwellian

  6. I guess it’s ok to beat a woman and play, but hit a child too hard with a switch, and you get the wraith of the NFL without the benefit of a trial. If Peterson is suspended then McDonald and Hardy should be immediately suspended as well.

  7. I’m not saying anything about Peterson’s actions, right, wrong or indifferent, but rest assured AP will get it a lot worse than he would have 1 week ago.

    NFL needs blood to appease the masses, and Peterson is going to be the guy….

  8. I realize the NFL is limited with what it can do in regards to players per the CBA but for any act of violence why not just suspend players with pay until their issues play out in court? It’s a bad look for the league having guys awaiting trial playing on Sundays.

  9. Easy there, Packer Nation. You’re still the franchise with highest number of domestic abuse calls after a loss, the same fan base that acquitted Mark Chmura after he raped a girl on her prom night, you’re still the franchise that did not release Mossy Cade after he raped his mentally retarded aunt..

    We know who you are. We know your history. Try and have some respect.

  10. Did he know the boys name? he should never play football again unless after 5 yrs in jail he can sign wit h the cowboys, Jerry Jones likes felons.

  11. I don’t agree with parents hitting their children, but this is going to be a very interesting case, not just for football fans, but for all Americans.

    Parental right to discipline vs child abuse.

    The right to privacy vs governmental interference.

    It’s going to be fascinating when/if it goes to trial…

  12. I’d hate to be the one to tell you this, Cheesehead, but after a 6 game suspension and counseling, Adrian Peterson will still be around to put up 200 yards a game on that defense that Ted Thompson is in his 9th year of rebuilding.

  13. Come on peeps!
    The kid didn’t even cry. And the grand jury first recommended not indicting him.
    I used to get spanked with a belt, hard plastic jump ropes, slapped, drop-kicked, sucker-punched.
    I turned out a lot better than the kids that were babied.
    Yeah, AP went over the line, but he admitted it and apologized.
    It’s not right for the state to get involved in personal things unless it’s a gross abuse.

  14. The difference with Peterson is that he admitted what he did basically pleading guilty. Others are disputing their charges and are waiting for the legal system to render a verdict….

  15. We don’t need due process. Let’s just convict him now. By the way your also up because we have suspicion you might commit a crime in 3 months. And here is your speeding ticket for 2 weeks from now.

  16. I guess Vikings fans will all show their support for Petersen by wearing his jersey tomorrow, or maybe beat their children with a tree branch to show unity.

  17. I have faith that this will all turn out ok and Peterson will have a great year even with this hanging over his head. People have their own belief of what wrong and right when it comes to disciplining your child. From some of the stories I’ve heard it seemed overboard and I hope he learns a lesson from this.

  18. How about this:
    Any player who is arrested for any reason is immediately suspended.

    Their pay is held in escrow until the legal system determines guilt or non-guilt.

    If not guilty, they get their money. If guilty, they lose their money.

    During the interim suspension, the team may add 1 player to their roster at a pay rate not to exceed that of the suspended player.

  19. Now we know why Adrian Peterson was offering his services to Jerry Jones. He knew he was done in Minnesota.

  20. Should be a 6 game suspension for Peterson but won’t be because Goodell is incredibly inconsistent and will hang him. I say let the legal system punish the criminals and let the men go to work.

    I don’t support Peterson or Rice however I don’t believe the employer should hand out punishments harder than the justice system. Punish them yes but don’t take away their right to work. Just my opinion..

  21. Thanks Packer fans for showing the world who reads this what us MN Viking fans have always known. Making light of a child abuse case?? Fat,drunk and stupid is and always will be the way of the Lombardi Losers….

  22. And the people who post here are just so jealous of AP bc he ran over your team since he’s been in the league. It has nothing to do with disciplinary issue here. It’s about being bias towards AP so you people need to just shut up and let the law doing it’s job. You people ain’t the law but just bunch of clowns. Go get education ignorant people.

  23. Releasing him might be the best option. Then Peterson can issue an apology, everybody will say he deserves a 2nd chance, then he can sign with another team that has a better chance of getting to the Superbowl, which is any other team than the Vikings and Raiders.

  24. Timing couldn’t have been worse for AP.
    Roger is on a very, very, VERY hot seat, and ready to pander..
    Buh-Bye for at least a year, probably more….

  25. Let’s just let the Twitter Mob decide guilt, innocence and punishment. We are headed there anyways. Scary.

    #orwellian

    —————————-

    It’s always been that way throughout history. Social media just amplifies it.

  26. Maestro1899 says: Sep 13, 2014 4:01 PM

    I don’t agree with parents hitting their children, but this is going to be a very interesting case, not just for football fans, but for all Americans.

    Parental right to discipline vs child abuse.

    The right to privacy vs governmental interference.

    It’s going to be fascinating when/if it goes to trial…
    ___________________________________________
    In Massachusetts, there is no legally recognized privilege to discipline your child to the point of causing a physical injury. Anything beyond that is considered abuse and a parent can be charged with the crime of assault and battery.

    I know that if Peterson went to trial in Massachusetts, he would almost certainly be found guilty of assault and battery (unless a jury wanted to engage in nullification).

  27. veence69 says:
    Sep 13, 2014 4:01 PM
    I’d hate to be the one to tell you this, Cheesehead, but after a 6 game suspension and counseling, Adrian Peterson will still be around to put up 200 yards a game on that defense that Ted Thompson is in his 9th year of rebuilding.
    ———-
    You might want to check your timeline. In the last 9 years they have won a Super Bowl, been ranked ahead of the Vikings in defense every single year over the last 5….and were a Top 7 Defense in 3 of those years.

  28. Vikings fans may want to check their facts. The Packers released Mark Chmura when he was indicted on rape charges. Also, Sharper was a model citizen in Green Bay. Apparently, something really does happen when you put purple on.

  29. After this….

    When AP get’s in trouble for discipline on his own child. I think it’s going to be time to quit with all discipline.

    I will be handing out guns and ammo for all of your undisciplined children. When they spit at their mom’s, pinch or shove their brothers. Skip school, and other things like that, and you don’t discipline them. Give me a call. I will gladly send your child an assault rifle, and a couple of 30 round mags full of ammo.

    That way when your doushy parenting skills fail society, we can have the next newtown issue happen. Because your child was never punished and knew the difference of right from wrong, we can sit back and blame everyone else but ourselves for the problems with society.

    I’m also going to tell my children it’s ok to steal, and beat, shove, pinch, and do whatever they feel like. Because i’m not concerned with teaching them right from wrong. There is nothing you can do that’s wrong, and you can have free reign on this earth.

  30. Didn’t Donte Stallworth kill someone with his car? What about Josh Brent, isn’t he eligible to come back later this year? As bad as it seems right here, right now, the man will be back playing football. Maybe not this year but he will be back.

  31. This incident took place in May. It’s now a full four months since this occurred. Why are we filing charges this long after the incident? The liberals are coming to end the nfl.

  32. 11 to 14 lashes with a switch onto a 4 yr olds bare bottom enough to cause cuts, welts and bruises days later. Yeah that’s excessive. What was he trying to accomplish with his punishment? He pushed Peterson’s other child off a toy. That punishment says I like this child more than you and I’m going to beat you because of it, that’s mental abuse too. Every Vikings fan loves AD but what the heck Adrian, why!? Even if the NFL gives him 6 games, the Vikings have to give serious consideration to releasing him. There is no room on the Vikings for someone who abuses a child, period. Also AP, it’s called a condom. Use one once in a while.

  33. There’s a difference between discipline for a child and abusing their scrotum with a stick.

    There’s a difference between discipline and stripping a child naked and then hitting with a stick so hard that scabs form where he was bleeding. Welts visible a week later.

    You have to wonder about a man (sic) who felt it necessary to do that and to a boys genitals. It’s psychotic behavior and it wasn’t discipline but rage.

    At age 4 all that would be needed for discipline is an open handed swat on the butt – this was rage and some sort of sexual thing for him. No need to hit genitals, no need to strip a kid naked to do it.

    AP has demons going on and you’re all football/fantasy stat blind to it.

  34. Congratulations to the Vikings front office for de-activating him for Sunday.

    Big disappointment in idiot Viking fans defending this shadow of a man. This isn’t a father. This is a guy that appears randomly in the lives of these children, tells them how great he is, and returns them beaten to their mothers. What a joke.

    Viking fans should be outraged this chump is wearing purple.

  35. Given the intent was to discipline a child, this is getting way over blown. Peterson’s career in the NFL is over. Peterson will never play another snap in the NFL. The charge carries a 2-20 year sentence and a felony conviction. Even if it is plea-bargained down to a misdemeanor, the Vikings won’t want to deal with the stigma or his escalating salary.

    Love the guy, in his mind he was doing what he thought was right, he just went too far for today’s society. Not justifying what he did, but this isn’t the 1940’s and you can’t take child to the woodshed. Peterson’s life will never be the same.

  36. So AOP turned himself in so what he was trying to avoid being turned in by the doctor eho eould hsve reported it…his son had a upcoming appointment
    His dad did it to him That is an excuse today …hids dad is s a felon too does that mean it is ok to commit the same kind of felony ? Throw the book at him …out of the NFL who is more of a threat to an NFL player a grown woman that hooses to dtay with an abuser or a child that has no say beat with a stick really Good BYE AP go somewhere else and beat children maybe Nike or Reebok he can use a switch …all day

  37. How the heck does Belichick do these things…
    Right before the game, the best player on the team gets deactivated. Every team focuses on stopping AD. Without having to worry about him, Sunday just got easy for the Pats!

  38. codythao35 says:
    Sep 13, 2014 4:27 PM

    And the people who post here are just so jealous of AP bc he ran over your team since he’s been in the league. It has nothing to do with disciplinary issue here. It’s about being bias towards AP so you people need to just shut up and let the law doing it’s job. You people ain’t the law but just bunch of clowns. Go get education ignorant people.

    Oh, the irony of someone who spouts off about education yet cannot even form a sentence.

    The law will do its job against the abuser, first step was the arrest and next will be his conviction. What father beats a 4yr until they bleed and then fans condone or look the other way because he is their best player? Just pathetic

  39. It just a dang shame that you have to have every little corner of horrendous conduct covered under the C.B.A.
    Better get “Raping Children and shooting at “Owners” under that umbrella.
    Ask Penn State (thanks losers) and the NCAA.
    How much time will shooting at and owner with a hand gun and missing get you?
    That sounds stupid, but it’s coming.
    Why did the pervert cross the road?
    Because he couldn’t get it out of the chicken?
    The NFL has no rules to cover this.
    IT’S A JOKE !
    Screams Joan Rivers !

  40. saying that the all the problems of today’s society are because people don’t beat their kids as much anymore is probably the laziest, grossest oversimplified analysis of current society that i can think of.

    you really think that kids are more disrespectful now because their parents don’t beat them enough? eesh. way to boil down a complex sociologic problem to one factor.

  41. OMG!!!!! What is this world coming to when you can’t whip your kid as punishment and seeing as how nobody who is leaving leaving a comment is from the South,let me educate y’all, when I was a kid my momma WHIPPED me with a belt or a switch and you begged for the belt,cause if you got whipped with a switch YOU had to go get it and if you didn’t get the right one you were in more trouble AND all of you wanna talk about is “Oh this is domestic violence” NO ITS NOT,it’s called disciplining your child the way you were as a kid,not like the pansy way parents discipline their kids in this day and age

  42. also, to everyone who is pining for the “old days,” you need to get over it, it doesn’t matter if everyone did it, it’s against the law now, get with the times, the world evolves and thankfully a majority of us think that is a good thing.

    yes, kids need more discipline, but you don’t have to beat them to teach them lessons and you sure as isht don’t have to make them bleed.

  43. jimthebuilder27 says: Sep 13, 2014 5:00 PM

    Vikings fans may want to check their facts. The Packers released Mark Chmura when he was indicted on rape charges.

    (He was released due to injuring his spine, the fans in the jury pool acquitted him and he’s currently in the Packer HOF. Inducted in 2010.)

    Also, Sharper was a model citizen in Green Bay.

    (I’m sure he became a serial rapist AFTER he left Green Bay.. It has nothing to do with small town law enforcement protecting their idols. Smh.)

  44. I’m not really sure how the NFL miserably failed in the Ray Rice case.

    Unless you can prove Goodell saw the tape, everything he did was within reason using the information (and precedent) he had at the time.

    It seems to me that no matter what he did the media would be crucifying him. That’s a win for you right?

    In your mind, assuming the NFL didn’t have the video what should have Goodell done?

    I do find it amazing that this is pretty much the only video ever that has surfaced regarding an athlete and domestic abuse and if the Casino hadn’t closed Ray Rice would be playing next week and you wouldn’t have said anything negative about him not being punished enough.

  45. The boy was ONLY 4! He had long bloody cuts over his back, legs, scrotum. He told police he was hit in the face. He also said while he was being beat his animal father stuffed leaves in his mouth. That he has a “whooping room”. A room for giving him beatings! That he’s been hit many times with belts. HE’S 4!!!!! That monster belongs in jail. Do you people have any idea the psychological trauma this boy is suffering from the one person he should feel safest with. I cry for this boy and shutter to think
    what kind violent man he will grow up to be. And for those of you who like to brag about the beating you took at the hands of your “loved ones” I would do a true evaluation of those relationships and you will find deep seeded resentment towards them and your retaliation for what they did to you will be you beating your child. and the cycle continues. Put that animal in jail and protect that child. It is NOT OK to beat any child!

  46. johnnytata

    switching a kid is not illegal. it’s just frowned upon, mostly by people who never had it done to them.

  47. Suspend him indefinitely pending the outcome of his trial.
    If he is found not guilty, he can be reinstated pending anger management and parenting classes.

  48. Goodell claimed he made a mistake with the initial suspension of Rice. I thought he made it clear that these players would be suspended long term for domestic violence, then the video was made public forcing both the Ravens and the league office to suspend Rice indefinately. Please, they already knew the facts that woman didn’t knock herself out and Rice was arrested for it. Now with this Peterson fessed up, the 4 year old didn’t do this to himself. So lets go Captain Favortism follow through with your league rules and suspend him. And when you are done feel free to resign.

  49. As a father of a 3 year old, I can’t imagine him doing anything that would make me beat him bloody and injure his scrotum.
    Something is wrong with Adrian Peterson and the commissioner needs to suspend that sadist and child abuser indefinitely pending the outcome of his trial. If found guilty or plea bargain: lifetime ban.
    if found not guilty: reinstatement after completion of anger management and parenting classes.

  50. Rice is beating up women. Peterson is beating children. Incognito is a damn choir boy as far as Im concerned.

  51. Ray rice hurt his wife he may not have meant to do it but he did n he was released ….. AP whipped his son n hurt him he might didn’t mean to hurt him but he did so where’s his release n indefinite suspension this is BS it’s not ok to hit ur wife but it’s ok to whip ur child like a slave release him just like rice n suspend him like rice wrong is wrong even if u don’t mean it if the NFL likes u u can do anything n get away with it ask BiG BEN where was all this when he was rapen women where was the woman’s rights Groups at then nobody gave a stuff cuz he played for the beloved steelers the NFL is sum Sh:t

  52. The Vikings did the right thing, I have less faith in the NFL Commissioner. Peterson admitted to a Grand Jury what happened. Interesting to see how this unfolds, Peterson is 29, recent serious injury history and if he’s released, how does that impact the salary cap??

  53. Peterson’s brutality to his our-year-old son was excssive. I respect the right of parents to use physical punishment, and I agree with a lot of people about governmental interference in people’s lives when it comes to parental discipline.

    But one thing nobody should disagree on; A.P. has bad luck for this incident to come about this week.

    I think Goodell will give Peterson an eight game ban for this.

  54. @Dolphansanity. Your statement “And for those of you who like to brag about the beating you took at the hands of your “loved ones” I would do a true evaluation of those relationships and you will find deep seeded resentment towards them and your retaliation for what they did to you will be you beating your child.”

    Agreed, cuts and bruises on a 4 year old are too much. But don’t portend resentment or anything else with others relationships. Nothing more weird than an egghead who psychoanalyzes broad groups of people on the internet.

  55. He should get an indefinite suspension. I personally would like to see a lifetime ban because, in my mind, this is way worse than what Rice did. But… no video, so probably will be 2-4 games.

  56. Legally, this is not as much of an open question as many commenters would like to believe. Yes, spanking one’s own child is a generally accepted form of discipline. Leaving some redness right after the spanking is expected. Breaking skin, and leaving welts lingering for days crosses the line into abuse. The wildly disparate marks on the child (things, buttocks, back, hands, and scrotum) indicate that Peterson was not in control of his own actions while swinging the switch, another indicator of abuse. This was not parental discipline; it was a beating. How this is being swept aside as a “personal conduct” violation instead of “domestic violence” is beyond me.

  57. Kid is not going to remember going his butt beat, but
    he will never live down being the kid who got his father suspended from the NFL

    20 years later it will still follow this kid, that’s just how it is

  58. taintedsaints2009 says:
    Sep 13, 2014 6:00 PM

    switching a kid is not illegal. it’s just frowned upon, mostly by people who never had it done to them

    Are you really that clueless and out of touch with reality??? It is illegal that’s why he was arrested!
    Any type of real father would have been an influential part of a 4 yr olds life and wouldn’t even consider this brutality for a child that is barely out of diapers. Man I hope you don’t have children.

  59. I kind of feel sorry for you Vikings fans. Hopes dashed yet again. Fallen idol. Trying to trivialize this behavior and lash out against everyone else when had this happened to the real professional team just to the East of you you’d be calling for heads to roll and lifetime suspensions. Grow up.

    Still
    Keep
    On
    Losing… SKOL!!!!

  60. Goodell created this mess with his “there’s a new sheriff in town” mentality. What he failed to reconcile is how the unparalleled greed of NFL Owners necessarily is dependent upon the employment of many violent men, a not insignificant percentage of which have quasi-criminal tendencies. What we’re seeing is nothing new under the sun. It just gets magnified by the Commissioner’s policies shooting the league and himself in the foot. Couldn’t have happened to a nicer, grossly overpaid guy.

  61. Only thing worse than knowing some of these players are out of control, is watching the dregs of humanity on PFT defend them because of some fantasy game or a misguided loyalty to a sports team.

    Some folks really need to take a good hard look at their lives, and their kids or siblings and think about how they’d like to see them subjected to this.

  62. Just have him Lawyer up with Ziggy Wilf’s Legal Team.

    He’s been screwing business partners in NJ forever.

    That’s how you play the system.
    He’s a corrupt individual too, but, he owns an NFL franchise so, he’s protected.

  63. The NY Post reported that Peterson has approximately 7 kids, according to one of his ex gf’s. Nobody is certain, but still is a lot of beatings to dish out. A lot of trees too.

  64. charger383 says:
    Sep 13, 2014 6:31 PM

    Kid is not going to remember going his butt beat, but
    he will never live down being the kid who got his father suspended from the NFL
    20 years later it will still follow this kid, that’s just how it is

    Are you that messed up to say something so ridiculous? A kid is whipped bloody for pushing down a sibling and he wont remember it? What exactly went wrong in your childhood? Counseling would do you well

  65. As a Packers fan, I love all these morons who think he should be suspended until he is found not guilty. Last time I checked, the law allows us to be innocent until proven guilty.

    You people must be Democrats and you must have voted for obama, go figure (lowercase intentional).

  66. AP’s response when approached for the first time about this situation and I quote……”Adrian you beat your little boy with a switch?” Adrian’s answer “which one?”

  67. So the kid got his butt swatted, big deal. This is what society needs right now. We are raising a bunch of undisciplined hoodlums because discipline is now a crime. Vikings fans, Packer fan here, and I would hate to see Adrian get hosed on this because he was disciplining his child. I believe in the old saying, “Better I go to jail for disciplining you, than you go to jail because I didn’t”.

  68. I also think that the Vikings did the right thing. I suspect that if AP wanted to beat his child, the result would be a lot more damage than this. I also heard that while he had be “switched” as a child, he was hardly an expert in the use of a switch and inflicted more damage than he intended. But again if he wanted to hurt the child the damage would be much more severe. Truth be told, I am speculating. The allegations are disturbing enough that I am in favor of suspending him until they are better understood and a proper decision can be made.

  69. Not sure how you can claim he is out of control, he was calm and collected, when she attacked him he struck her once with a left cross. He did not hit her again, he only tried to help her. When came to she continued to swing at him. They both clearly have a problem. When you listen to the DA talk, he basically said that the strike was so minor that even if she had not been the aggressor and they could have convicted him he would not have served a day in jail.

    Not sure why so many folks are against him for what he did. The NFL will end up losing their case against him. Let them work out their own problems. No reason to ruin both of their lives for the mistakes they both made.

  70. By no means am I condoning what AP did but you people that are so quick to judge have no idea what the actual facts are. The way that stories get so exaggerated online are sickening.
    What if his son pushed his other son off of the toy and the kid ended up bouncing his head off of the concrete?
    Are you sissy parents gonna high five your kid for doing something that could easily cause severe injury to another child? Go buy ’em a toy perhaps?
    My ol man did the same to me when I was a kid. Hell, I had to even go get the switch and if it was too small then I got it worse.
    Thankfully it wasn’t very often, but best believe I learned my lesson and never did whatever I did again.
    I think that’s why “severe punishment” is used by some parents because it’s one hell of a deterrent
    Not only did it teach me right from wrong, but it made me into a stronger and wiser man.
    Looking back, I love my Dad even more for bringing me up the way he did and I’d never take anything away from how I was raised.
    I bet when AP’s son gets older and has a good head on his shoulders he’ll be thinking the same.

  71. Show the pictures. The major sports media sites should have led with the pictures. I don’t know why you didn’t, but it was inexcusable that you didn’t. I’ve seen the pictures from 5 days afterward, and that was abuse pure and simple. No normal spanking, paddling, or switching is going to cause that.

  72. As a much hated packers fan on these boards, i have to say that I’m a little sickened by some of the behavior.

    Say what you want about him using HGH, say what you want about some of the horrible things Vikings fans have said.

    I have nothing but respect for the Vikings fans who are being honest about how they see ap in a new light.

    I would devastated and in a state of shock if Aaron Rodgers did something like this, and I refuse to kick good fans while they’re down.

    Good luck this week, Vikings. Kick some Tom Brady @$$.

  73. I guess it continues to be open season on bashing the NFL (and Roger Goodell)…….you would think they were running for President.

    You say “zero public trust that the league will get it right”…..what gives you the right to speak for “the public” of which you’re simply one of 313.9 million (2012) people. I don’t have zero trust, so you’re not speaking for me.

  74. All of you dolts calling for his head obviously haven’t looked closely at the pics and/or reviewed Peterson’s texts after it happened. God forbid you are ever on a jury.

    This is a case of discipline taken too far…not child abuse.
    Look at the pics. All of the welts are on his son’s thigh. He spanked him on the backside, and the end of the switch wrapped around and whipped his thigh. Peterson didn’t realize it was whipping around and hitting his thigh at the time…he only thought he was spanking his backside where there were no major welts.

    Once he realized what he did, he immediately texted his wife about it. He didn’t try to hide anything. He brought his son to the doctor and cooperated with police.

    This is exactly the type of case a diversionary program should be for…take some mandatory parenting classes and move on.

    What he did was CLEARLY wrong, but it wasn’t criminal. That is exactly what the grand jury concluded after they reviewed the evidence, and subsequently chose not to indict. It wasn’t until two weeks after when the grand jury went back and indicted Peterson. Did the evidence change in those two weeks? Of course not. The Ray Rice video emerged, public opinions changed, and a witch hunt ensued. Those who chose not to indict suddenly feared that the public would catch wind of the Peterson incident and call for THEIR heads. It is obvious that these people are now acting in the best interests of themselves….NOT justice. That fact is getting lost in this story and what I find most disturbing of all.

  75. oh good. we should have a decision by next season. What are they reviewing? He ADMITTED stuffing leaves in his child’s mouth and beating the kid until he was injured. and oh by the way, the child is 4 years old. Is goodell going to issue a 2 game suspension, and then when we see the medical reports and photos of the injuries, he will claim he never saw them and had no idea they even existed.

  76. sounds like he lost his temper while whipping his son and should be held accountable both with the law and in the NFL.

    seems like a pretty open and shut case for the NFL. he’s almost certainly going to found guilty so i would imagine what ever Ray Rice got would be pretty close if not the same IMO.

  77. fukitol25 says:
    Sep 13, 2014 7:40 PM

    By no means am I condoning what AP did but you people that are so quick to judge have no idea what the actual facts are. The way that stories get so exaggerated online are sickening.
    What if his son pushed his other son off of the toy and the kid ended up bouncing his head off of the concrete?
    Are you sissy parents gonna high five your kid for doing something that could easily cause severe injury to another child? Go buy ‘em a toy perhaps?
    My ol man did the same to me when I was a kid. Hell, I had to even go get the switch and if it was too small then I got it worse.
    Thankfully it wasn’t very often, but best believe I learned my lesson and never did whatever I did again.
    I think that’s why “severe punishment” is used by some parents because it’s one hell of a deterrent
    Not only did it teach me right from wrong, but it made me into a stronger and wiser man.
    Looking back, I love my Dad even more for bringing me up the way he did and I’d never take anything away from how I was raised.
    I bet when AP’s son gets older and has a good head on his shoulders he’ll be thinking the same

    Makes one wonder if there is an educational system in Minnesota. Quick to judge? All the evidence is out and the abuser admitted to it, like he could really deny it with the pictures. I like how you try to blame the 4 yr old , his push didn’t cause his sibling to have his head bounce off the concrete so nice straw argument to make your senseless post seem more plausible. The moron gets off on it and says he has a whoopin room. You a wiser man? Please! Any bully anyone seen as a kid is from an abusive parent. Violence breeds violence. Wake up!

  78. Well, since you don’t speak for the public what the hell do you know? But the bottom line is Peterson will never play another down in the NFL.

  79. this definitely falls under The Domestic Violence Policy if Ive ever heard a case that should. Grown men whine about the force in which AD shakes their hands. Imagine the terror of a 4 yr old being switched

  80. Has anyone anywhere mentioned that his 2 year old son died due he was abused by a man who was dating the boy’s mother in October last year in South Dakota? 7 months later or so he beats his son with a branch in TX. Probably not for the 1st time. This bleeping moron of biblical proportions loses a child due to abuse and decides to beat his son with a tree branch? He learned no lessons at all? I could not give a crap how he was raised in east TX. Don’t care that he admitted it. Put him in jail for 2 years minimum.

  81. I have a little challenge to all of you that think physical discipline and abuse are one in the same. Those of you who are lucky enough to still have your parents around, and were spanked, swatted, smacked, whooped, taken the belt or any other means of physical discipline, I want you to stand in front of your parents, look them straight in the eye and tell them they were wrong. And a little advice to those that are dumb enough to do it…….. duck when you say it.

  82. “What he did was CLEARLY wrong, but it wasn’t criminal.”

    yes it actually is illegal. though most states are ridiculously vague about what constitutes abusive behavior, causing bruising and injury universally is considered abuse. if you don’t like it, that’s too bad. i don’t like the fact that i have to stop at red lights but apparently i still have to.

    finally, if you don’t think this is egregious, you need to be educated. i work in the health care field and if this kid walked into my office, and i failed to report it, i would lose my license faster than your kid could find a switch. anyone who works in the health care field is taught this on day one, it’s as basic as abc’s and 123’s.

  83. I don’t know why I’m shocked by PFT comments anymore. For those that are somehow defending what Peterson did, you are either clinical sociopaths or victims of child abuse themselves who don’t realize they’re helping perpetuate the cycle of violence and abuse. Whipping a four year old child until they bleed and bruise is FAR from what would be considered acceptable by any sane adult.

    Adrian Peterson clearly needs help, he already said this was how he was disciplined which means he himself was also a victim. That being said, I don’t see how in the world he doesn’t get the same suspension that Ray Rice did. If beating a grown woman gets you an indefinite suspension, beating a small child should receive at least as strong of a punishment from the NFL.

  84. slippery1 says: Sep 13, 2014 8:38 PM

    I have a little challenge to all of you that think physical discipline and abuse are one in the same. Those of you who are lucky enough to still have your parents around, and were spanked, swatted, smacked, whooped, taken the belt or any other means of physical discipline, I want you to stand in front of your parents, look them straight in the eye and tell them they were wrong. And a little advice to those that are dumb enough to do it…….. duck when you say it.

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    So, if someone who feels they were abused confronts their parents about it, and the parents proceed to commit felony assault on the individual, that somehow proves it WASN’T abuse? Jesus, you sound like a Cowboys fan.

  85. This situation is so unbelievably frustrating. I am a Lions fan but am completely unbiased in this.

    What he did was not this brutal beating equating to the scene from “Roots” when told to say his name is Toby. Peterson used a switch to spank his child.

    To all of you saying, “He beat his kid bloody,” please go look at the pictures. There are 3 cuts, and after scabbing over, are about the size of the number “0” on most keyboards. People are over-dramatizing this to a disgusting extent.

    Did he swat the kid too many times, probably. What he did not do is beat the kid savagely with a baseball-sized branch that most of you are making this out to be.

    And I am so sick of this nonsense about anyone spanking their child is an inept parent that can’t blah, blah, blah. Just because you prefer to not spank doesn’t make it the only way to raise a child. Get off your high-horse and stop judging others.

  86. billbrasky72 says:
    Sep 13, 2014 8:07 PM

    All of you dolts calling for his head obviously haven’t looked closely at the pics and/or reviewed Peterson’s texts after it happened. God forbid you are ever on a jury.

    This is a case of discipline taken too far…not child abuse.
    Look at the pics. All of the welts are on his son’s thigh. He spanked him on the backside, and the end of the switch wrapped around and whipped his thigh. Peterson didn’t realize it was whipping around and hitting his thigh at the time…he only thought he was spanking his backside where there were no major welts.

    Once he realized what he did, he immediately texted his wife about it. He didn’t try to hide anything. He brought his son to the doctor and cooperated with police.

    This is exactly the type of case a diversionary program should be for…take some mandatory parenting classes and move on.

    What he did was CLEARLY wrong, but it wasn’t criminal. That is exactly what the grand jury concluded after they reviewed the evidence, and subsequently chose not to indict. It wasn’t until two weeks after when the grand jury went back and indicted Peterson. Did the evidence change in those two weeks? Of course not. The Ray Rice video emerged, public opinions changed, and a witch hunt ensued. Those who chose not to indict suddenly feared that the public would catch wind of the Peterson incident and call for THEIR heads. It is obvious that these people are now acting in the best interests of themselves….NOT justice. That fact is getting lost in this story and what I find most disturbing of all

    Hey clueless he didnt take his son to the doctor. His son had an appointment when he returned home to Minnesota and Peterson tried to act like a brutal beating was justified to a 4 yr old so to lessen what had happened. he threatened his son to keep quiet, I wonder why? His mother didn’t buy the b.s. and the doctors wouldn’t either that’s why he was arrested. Are you really this warped or is he on your fantasy team as well

  87. haraldsigurdson says:
    Sep 13, 2014 6:37 PM
    For those who are wondering, Peterson is being disciplined under the personal conduct policy because the new domestic abuse policy doesn’t cover this type of activity.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    How is that possible? Domestic abuse falls under the personal conduct policy and the league mentioned a pregnant woman or even the mere presence of a child as aggravating factors. This most certainly would fall under domestic violence. Here is the excerpt from Goodell’s memo:
    Violations of the Personal Conduct Policy regarding assault, battery, domestic violence and sexual assault that involve physical force will be subject to enhanced discipline. A first offense will be subject to a suspension of six weeks without pay. Mitigating circumstances will be considered, and more severe discipline will be imposed if there are aggravating circumstances such as the presence or use of a weapon, choking, repeated striking, or when the act is committed against a pregnant woman or in the presence of a child. A second offense will result in banishment from the league; an offender may petition for reinstatement after one year but there is no assurance that the petition will be granted. These disciplinary consequences apply to all NFL personnel.

  88. I wonder what AP would say if Tomlin whooped him with a switch until he bled every time he made a mistake? Maybe Goodell should give the power of the switch to all coaches – would that stop the mistakes in the NFL?

  89. Picture a 4 year old sitting in the “whooping ” room with leaves stuffed in his mouth naked getting hit to the point of bleeding all over his body. Picture that scene. Not one hit not two but what appears to be several hits. Let me repeat …this is a 4 year old child. If you witnessed this you would be outraged and defend him to the best of your ability if you are a decent person. For the so called tough love people in here who claim they are better for getting beaten. Your responses beg to differ. You are proof that it does not work if you would think this is ok. It’s pure ignorance to think you can’t discipline without beating a child. Get help you are not ok. I am a vikings fan but he needs to go away for good.

  90. I don’t care what party or ideology you support, but keep it out of the comments. I come here for football, not to hear drones repeat what Fox and MSNBC has told them.

  91. Bubby. Quite a stretch to try and pin hole people as right or left with such a serious issue. Take your own advice and come up with a unique point. Also you don’t have to read these posts. What exactly did you expect people’s opinions to look like?
    Would you prefer us all to say we are indifferent? Clarify please.

  92. It certainly is a different age now with social media. All of us now can express our outrage in writing about these issues. Years before the players in question would have been fined or something but now the league office is getting pressure they are not used to. Good. The public ends up paying these guys salaries so public pressure should be taken into account what happens to these guys. Unless you are the 49ers or Panthers. They evidently don’t care.

  93. wake up Viking fans, your guy is done, no more football, Hall of Shame instead of Hall of fame.He admitted doing it, pictures prove it, he is done. Last ranked defense, no running game , no passing game. face the facts.

  94. codythao35 says:
    Sep 13, 2014 3:48 PM

    At least he didn’t murder or rape some body like the cheese heads Packass. Just ask Sharper! Support AP no matter what. People do make mistakes. Any one telling me if he/she has not make any mistakes then obviously you be lying to yourself. We all make mistakes and at least we correct our own mistakes then we’re ok. Will pray for AP.
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    So why then did your team sign Sharper as a Free Agent?

  95. I see there are a lot of child beaters on here trying to cleanse their guilty conscious by saying this type of abuse is justified. When children die because of this type of abuse (yes, including Peterson’s own dead child from abuse), then their blood/deaths are on YOUR hands, the ones administering the abuse and those defending it.

  96. what is so hard to grasp about this? this is not an opinion, it is a FACT that it is against the law to do what he did. 100/100 doctors would report this or risk losing their license, regardless if they were in the south the north, alaska or hawaii, liberal or conservative.

    IT DOES NOT MATTER IT IS AGAINST THE LAW.

    you can justify this all you want by saying you were beaten or spanked as a child and you turned out ok, and good for you, but a large percentage of people don’t. look at the statistics of prison inmates who were abused as children.

    if you saw the pictures and did not think it was a big deal, i fear for what you experienced as a child. and i fear for your children.

    violence begets violence. if any of your children ever go into a doctors office looking like that, you can bet your azz child protective services and maybe the police will come knocking on your door, you may find yourself in jail and your kids in foster care.

  97. The difference between Hardy and McDonald and Rice and Peterson are pictures ( You know, a picture is worth a thousand words?). If anyone has any video or pictures of the devastation caused by Hardy or McDonald, please bring them out so that we can condemn them in our righteous rage and have them immediately and indefinitely suspended. Otherwise, let the courts and due process play out.

  98. i also don’t understand the mentality of not striving to be better. there are so many other ways to teach kids life lessons, why resort to violence? it’s just UNNECESSARY.

    so what if your parents and grandparents did it.

    they also pooped in holes in the ground, didn’t use seat belts or car seats and thought cigarettes didn’t cause cancer. but you’re right, we have all become pansies because we use toilets, practice safe vehicle habits and try to live more healthy. gawd what have we come to.

  99. We didn’t sign Sharper. He signed with us. We didn’t draft him Packass drafted him, so every blame is on you. And who says we need to use proper grammar or sentence here moron. It’s just a comment, it doesn’t need to be properly written here clown.

  100. Doesn’t matter how many games he misses or what a jury/judge ultimately decide …… he won’t be a hero again. I don’t think he can earn back hero-level respect with future 200+ yard games (presuming he has a chance to play at some future time).

    So, Viking fans, I feel guinely/authentically sad about that.

    As a Packer fan, it wasn’t much fun getting run over by Adrian in our contests … but I never felt bad when Adrian was cheered on by you guys for performing so well. Now all of that fun and hero recognition is down the drain forever. Shucks.

    All NFL fans have a reason to feel disappointed by this. It’s never fun to see an American hero get dismantled.

    .

  101. Im still wondering what they grand jury, earlier in the summer, declined to indict Peterson, yet he was brought before another grand jury. Anybody got any ideas?? It’s not like new info came out.

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