Adrian Peterson: I am not a child abuser

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Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is expected to return to the lineup in Week Three after missing Sunday’s loss to the Patriots after being indicted on charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child in Houston last week.

Peterson released a statement on Monday saying that he “very much” wants to share his story with the public, but that he’s limited about what he can say about a pending court matter. Peterson does say that he “never intended” to harm his son while disciplining him and that he has spoken to a psychologist about “alternative ways of disciplining a child that may be more appropriate.”

“I am not a perfect son. I am not a perfect husband. I am not a perfect parent, but I am, without a doubt, not a child abuser. I am someone that disciplined his child and did not intend to cause him any injury,” the statement reads. “No one can understand the hurt that I feel for my son and for the harm I caused him. My goal is always to teach my son right from wrong and that’s what I tried to do that day. I accept the fact that people feel very strongly about this issue and what they think about my conduct. Regardless of what others think, however, I love my son very much and I will continue to try to become a better father and person.”

The full text of the statement can be found here.

212 responses to “Adrian Peterson: I am not a child abuser

  1. He isnt, anyone that is older than 30 agrees that this is normal, anyone with parents especially grandparents from the south, knows that this is normal.

  2. Peterson is in complete denial if he thinks what he did was acceptable. That was a barbaric beating of a 4 year old for no reason at all. I guess he thought he was on the football field and was facing off against an opponent.

  3. Spanking your kid= Okay

    Beating/ whipping your kid until there is welts, cuts, bruises, and blood= not okay
    —-

    You lost your cool and took it too far. Just like a man does when he beats his wife. I’m glad you acknowledged what you did was not okay, but that doesn’t mean you get to skip your punishment- either through the law or from your employer.

  4. Well he’s definitely handling it better than Rice

    I hope he honestly gets help and changes his parenting style he doesn’t need to do what was done to him.

    He should listen to what Brandon Marshall said about breaking the cycle

  5. I bet the son loves his dad too! No one should peg him as a abuser, however he does need educated on better discipline techniques. Totally different than Rice, Hardy situation.

  6. Any parent who has never spanked a child is either a liar or doesn’t have anything to do with their child.

  7. None of us can judge this man without all the facts. We should let the justice system find out what those facts are. I hope, for Adrian’s sake, he’s found innocent.

  8. why does everyone bring up the south? why does Charles Barkley bring up black people?? Plenty of people from the north were shown plenty of discipline by their parents from back in the day…and yes, white people too!

  9. Well then you need to hire a new photographer. That little boy was beaten in a sick way! The leaves in the mouth may have been the sickest part.
    You are a monster. Sick, cowardly monster.

  10. Im from Texas and have not met one person that has said this is uncommon. Pretty much everyone has experienced this (maybe not to that degree) as a child.

  11. @ctiggs … times change and I’m a 33 year old Viking fan. I was spanked, but never that bad … I was seldom spanked too. I’ve never laid a hand on my kids as my wife and I don’t believe in physical punishment. This is not normal. We’ve evolved as a society.

  12. ctiggs says:
    Sep 15, 2014 2:47 PM
    He isnt, anyone that is older than 30 agrees that this is normal, anyone with parents especially grandparents from the south, knows that this is normal.

    I AM OVER 30 AND THIS IS NOT NORMAL. I am tired of the excuse of this is how he was raised. Thats a cop out.

  13. Yes, you’re a child abuser Adrian. We, the public, have no tolerance for nuance or explanations. We want our pound of flesh, and no amount of reasonable explanation on your part will change that. It’s a black and white world, and every feeding frenzy must result in the swiftest and most severe punishment possible in the court of public opinion.

  14. We saw the pictures. That’s child abuse. Lie all you want, you’re still a child abuser and anyone with a brain can see that.

    To the ones who justify the behaviour and claim that’s how you were disciplined as a child, did your parents leave you bloodied, and not stop when you were trying to defend yourself. If that’s the case, then I’m sorry, you had/have crappy parents.

  15. Let’s remember, in the South an Animal House styled paddle (“Thank you sir, may I have another.”) was used by teachers. Teachers!
    I am not condoning ADs actions. He will be punished for the wrong doing.
    Stones are better left on the ground.

  16. Feels like it was written by a lawyer. Why can’t these guys face the public live (like Vick did) when they make these statements?

  17. I’m older than 30, and I don’t think it’s anywhere near normal to beat a 4-year-old boy on his bare skin with a tree branch until he bleeds.

  18. I’m sorry, this piece of crap is a horrible father and should never play in the NFL again. The Vikings are only interested in making money and winning instead of this poor child of an abusive father. No respect for Petersen or the Vikings. Hope they lose all their games.

  19. and queue the sanctimonious self-righteous perfectionists….

    ———————

    It doesn’t take a perfectionist to know that you don’t beat your four year old kid until they’re covered with open wounds.

  20. Disciplining your child is one thing… what I can see in those pictures is ABUSE. Sorry bro, but I have 3 kids under 7 that drive me absolutely CRAZY sometimes… but you’ll never find them covered with lacerations or bruises.

  21. “I am someone that disciplined his child and did not intend to cause him any injury,”

    Because we ALL know that shoving leaves in your 4 year old kids mouth to bite down on while you smack him with a tree branch up and down his entire body resulting in welts, bleeding and bruising are the actions of somebody who typically does not intend to cause injuries. The kid is FOUR YEARS OLD. And this so called punishment is what AP deemed necessary for pushing a sibling out of the way while playing video games. Disgusting.

    But as we all know based on his lawyers comments to date, he will use the “I didn’t know any better, I was raised this way,” defense.

  22. This turned into a spanking vs. not spanking argument which plays very well into Peterson’s side.

    Only morons are OK with this.

    It’s OK to discipline, it’s OK to spank. It’s not OK to do what AP did.

  23. anyone that says they were disciplined that way, or discipline that way, were are abusers. You do not hit a 4 year-old! I can’t believe that has to be even said?

  24. I believe that Adrian exceeded what was proper discipline. However, I do believe in redemption. And not because I am a Viking fan. I believe people can change. They don’t always, I know that. I give Adrian the benefit of the doubt that he will learn from this. I also believe that (in this case and in any case) if punishment is warranted, it should be dished out.

  25. I believe him. AP has always been a stand up guy, he’s not a punk, he does say things occasionally that might make you double take but I have a hard time believing he had the sole intent of causing serious injury to a child. Non intentional things happen in the heat of the moment, cmon we’ve ALL been there

  26. I’m 40 and live in S.C. and would never characterize hitting a 4 year old with a whip (basically) as normal. A couple of pops on the butt with your hand is normal. AP may not have intended for it to happen the way it did but the end result is the same. Its child abuse. And the kid is 4. At 4 you can barely hold a child accountable for his actions and you certainly can’t whip him like he’s Django.

  27. I was raised in the South and the only place this was ever normal was in the homes where the parents were child abusers. A spanking is different from a beating. This was a beating administered to a 4 year old by his 6’1″, 217 pound father who also happens to be a trained athlete. The child was defenseless. And people who are not abusers do not stuff a four year old’s mouth with leaves. That child could have choked to death during that beating. “The South” defense is ridiculous. A lot of things were once okay in “the south”. Didn’t make those things right.

  28. You should keep your mouth shut unless you have children. Your talking about something you do not understand.

    Your incredulace self righteousness gives yor ignorance away.

  29. Verdict, sentence, then trial.

    In that order for football players. Ain’t that right Sports media with too much bandwidth and too many ‘analysts’.

  30. If those pictures (which were taken a week after the assault) don’t indicate abuse, then I don’t know. If he did that to an adult he would be in prison, so why is it acceptable to do it do a four year old (who was 3 a few months ago)? Don’t call it discipline. There are countless ways to discipline a child. This isn’t one of them. The only thing this kid learned was to curl up in a ball when Adrian is around.

  31. 1. Cris Carter addressed this perfectly.

    2. Seems to me that the facts in the case are not in dispute, only the interpretation. He should just plead, take his suspension, and move on. And till then, he should be benched, if paid.

  32. So let me get this straight, there are actually people that would pass by someones house and see a grown man shove leaves in a small boys mouth and then whip him with a stick and think “wow, that is one loving father, that is one lucky kid to have a dad so caring. My dad did that to me and i’m great”

    or would you call the cops ASAP?

    Imagine there was video of this? It would be sickening.

  33. It saddens me that so many of you defend the use of a switch (welts, cuts, bruises?) in beating his child. I’m starting to feel lucky I was beat with a belt when I was a kid.

  34. “from the south” is not a reason or excuse to beat a child. Try beating on someone your own size if you ate so tough and see what happens.

  35. We parent how we were parented. We sometimes don’t think that it was wrong I remember being whooped in the store (my folks used a belt, but I never needed it again). Maybe 4 was too young for a switch. Maybe switches are dated, but children of years today are much less behaved than we were 30 years ago and before.

    I never threw tanrums but once, and I got my little legs tore up when I did. My little nephew did it in Walmart and I took him in the bathroom and gave him about six swats, now he knows not to act up when we are in public. I didn’t use a switch, but also my nephew is 6, not 4.

    I say again, we parent how we were parented, good or bad until we are taught or told differently. And when was the last time you saw a rulebook on parenting?

  36. You beat a 4 year old until his wounds bled, put leaves in his mouth = abusive behavior.

    What is that??? Sorry AP, you need to admit it first before you can deal with it.

  37. SO if this guy was in the park and did this for all to see it would be horrible and he’d be an abuser.

    But if it’s done in your own yard where no one can see it’s ok?

  38. if he meant to hurt him or not doesnt matter this is 2014. Way to go vikings by reinstating him so soon. bandaid mentality doesnt work. only reason they deactivated him is because the nfl had a bad last week. all about handling the negative p.r.

  39. He will be a Dallas Cowboy or Houston Texan by the end of the month.

    As long as you have talent you are always above reproach, hopefully the Vikings can get a ton of draft picks via the Hershel Walker deal- redemption.

  40. He’s a straight-up child abuser. He shoved leaves in a four year ol’s mouth and whipped him on his back, butt, legs, hands, ankles, and scrotum.

    He meant to hurt him badly and he did.

  41. I believe him. I believe that he didn’t mean to abuse his kid. I also think he is guilt of the crime he is charged with (which doesn’t require intent) but it is up to a jury to determine whether what he did was criminally negligent.

    It is fairly clearly not a cut and dry question whether or not what he did was criminally negligent or, as the district attorney phrased it “unreasonable.” I personally think it was unreasonable and therefore criminally negligent under the statute but there seem to be lots of people (more than I would have thought) who think punishing a kid with a switch is a type of discipline that is within reason for a parent to choose.

    So … bottom line is that at the moment it is not clear from a legal standpoint whether or not what he did is actually illegal (no matter how clear your own opinion is as to whether or not using a switch is reasonable).

    I don’t think either the Vikings or the NFL should try to put themselves in the position of trying to tell parents how to discipline their kids. If that’s true, then the only reason Adrian should get penalized by the Vikings or the NFL is if he did something illegal and we simply don’t know that yet because a jury didn’t answer the question yet.

    If he’s guilty of a felony negligent injury to a child, presumably he then falls under the NFL’s new domestic abuse policy and would be suspended a minimum of 6 games (or more since a child was involved).

    I do not approve of Adrian’s habit of leaving fatherless kids all over the place and, as I already stated IN MY OPINION, he’s guilty as charged. But I still think the Vikings are making the right choice by letting him play and I don’t think the NFL should be suspending him unless and until he’s convicted.

  42. “I am not a wife beater”-Ray Rice

    Every parent has the right to discipline their kid and spank them if they want. When you draw blood and do it in excess it then is no longer discipline and it becomes abuse.

  43. I’m not a murderer, i just killed that one guy, it was an accident.

    I’m not an alcoholic, I just drink heavy on the weekends and have a beer or two after work.

    I’m not a drug addict, i can quit anytime.

    I’m not a child abuser, I was just disciplining him, those marks and cuts are my love on him

  44. You may not be a child abuser all the time,but when you stripped your son that day and beat him with a switch you were damn sure one at that time! The thing i do not understand is the fact that this man lost a child last year to child abuse,but you seem to have not learned a lesson from it. you did not kill that child but you felt the pain from losing him yet you did this!
    AP should be suspended longer than rice,mcdonald or hardy!

  45. As a dad, I want to hear the dad in Adrian peterson’s words. But I can’t get past one thing: what can a 4-year-old do that would justify hitting him with a stick enough to do this damage?

  46. I’m old enough to have been raised with this kind of punishment. Sometimes it was a switch. Sometimes my dad used his leather belt. My mother preferred a wooden paddle. The punishment was almost always deserved and fear of the punishment (usually) made me toe the line. I also got my mouth washed out with soap when I cursed in the house or spoke back to my parents. Even the elementary schools of my youth allowed paddling. No one thought anything of it.

    My bottom turned a nice shade of scarlet from the smacks. If I was dumb enough to put my hand or arm in the way, I might have a few red welts for a day or so. I always knew why I was getting punished and in my heart, knew I deserved it. Honestly, the anticipation of the “whupping” was usually worse than the act itself.

    That being said, I was never beaten to the point where I had multiple bleeding wounds on my body. My parents, even when I had angered them to the point where they felt physical punishment was merited, never lost their self control.

    So, while I agree with Petersen’s methods and his right to punish his child in such a manner, I also believe that his execution of the punishment showed a lack of judgement, a lack of control and is, in fact, abuse. Does this make him a child abuser? That can be debated. But when you cross the line, even if it wasn’t intentional, there needs to be consequences.

  47. He whopped his son and has said he took it too far, it happens. I bet you his son loves him more than anything in this world. He didnt punch him in the face he spanked him. He as a father should have the right to discipline his kid, he was not trying to kill his kid(contrary to the overdramatics beliefs), Just spank him. We’re raising such a generation of softies and this is the main reason why. Hold your kids accountable, doesn’t matter the age!

  48. Well I guess that makes it all better. We forgive you…. The pictures of his son’s injuries tell a much different story and I don’t care where you grew up. I remember that with Vick and his dog fighting defense and it just comes down to a matter of a right way and a wrong way of doing things. These guys chose the latter and want to blame it on culture or the south or whatever it may be except themselves.

  49. What I believe he means is that he was not an intentional child abuser.

    Just like Josh Brent isn’t an intentional murder.

    They were both just criminally negelgent.

  50. Your 4 year old child was abused to the point of bleeding and brusing. On his butt, his legs, his sex organ and his hands. That was abuse. You were the one who did that. Therefore you have abused your child making you a child abuser.

  51. The guy is mentally ill or very stupid. Either way, he should not be with children unsupervised.

    Saying his father abused him is not an acceptable explanation. So if his father sodomized him as a child is that now OK in his mind for him to do to his child? He seems to be saying anything goes.

  52. Since AP had like 300 children from 200 different mothers, does he even KNOW this son’s name?

  53. OK people!! The man has said countless times this was not his intent, marks dont appear immediately when you get switched they tend to show later and im sure he was not cautious with how much power he used and this was the result. If he had a previous history or does something like this again then lets go ahead and crucify him, but this seems like him not knowing he was hitting too hard and noticed later……get off it already….if he really wanted to harm, it would have been worse im sure. Dont tell me your parents never left marks on you as a kid…………………….and not once has he tried to hide it or not answer questions or not be cooperative…………………

  54. my dad is from the caribbean and got the twitch when he was a kid and i got the belt. my italian friends got the wooden spoon. i’m not defending AP, but i feel like the majority of the people going nuts over this probably never got hit at all.

  55. sandman34rt says: Sep 15, 2014 3:06 PM

    SO if this guy was in the park and did this for all to see it would be horrible and he’d be an abuser.

    But if it’s done in your own yard where no one can see it’s ok?

    —————————

    I woulda recognized him and said im a Lions fan, but i still admire him as a great RB and ask for an autograph.

    I been switched by my dad and grandpa once each growing up. I was pretty young to. When either threatened me with the switch after that i straighten my act up fast.

  56. Funny but he appears to be a child abuser to me, and so is anyone else that formerly or currently pulls this crap. Prison for all of them.

  57. 21st century lynch mobs are out again. Back when I was a young man we had this thing called “due process” and “innocent until proven guilty.” Ah, those were the days! I guess it is better now, save the money and fire all those useless judges since we can just sit at our keyboards and judge people before going back to chat or facebook.

  58. charliework says: Sep 15, 2014 2:57 PM

    Most doctors would disagree.

    ***************************
    30 years ago a lot of them wold not have.
    Which is the point here.
    He was acting with a behavior that (as many people are attesting to from personal experience) that was much more of a norm 30 to 40 years ago.
    Even in my upstate NY, upper middle class neighborhood (very liberal) I had 4 childhood friends in my neighborhood whose parents hit them with a belt, wooden spoon, or a switch.

    In my Junior High School in the 70s the PRINCIPAL used to paddle students with a WOODEN paddle for crying out loud.

    So, let’s stop with the idea that this is unheard of. It’s not. You only show your ignorance of history and changing values/mores to think that it always was considered abusive.

    But the POINT is that the culture and popular psychology and child rearing has LONG since considered corporal punishment wrong (The main message being that “it teaches the violence and pain are OK ways to communicate”.

    Adrian Peterson was ignorant, uneducated and downright oblivious to not be aware that in today’s day and age that ANY kind of corporal punishment (leaving marks or not) is not considered acceptable and could open him up to serious issues.

    Heck, he could have just paddled him and left bruises and we’d be in the same place right now legally possibly.

  59. One of my favorite Mark Twain quotes:

    Never argue with idiots for they’ll bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.

    I feel horrible knowing the feelings of so many that feel this is acceptable discipline. No wonder so many children grow up dysfunctional. As a person wrote earlier, imagine someone had videotape and played it for all the world to see. I think he should do time for abusing a toddler!

  60. Ray Lewis said something on the lines of this yesterday morning pregames, “these young guys coming outta college have no respect, no manors these days”

    Well, i’d hate to break it to u Ray, our society protecting kids is why this is happening. Parents cannot discipline children anymore and its leading to a soft society with no perspective. Its only going to get worse as years go on.

  61. I’m 35, and he is. And when you use your brain instead of rush to anger to hit someone, because you’re not well equipped in the brains department, you resort to hitting a child. Think of this logically for a second. The report is Adrian disciplined his child by beating him with a switch. The reason for the beating? He pushed his brother. So you’re sending the message to your son, who is 4 by the way, and hasn’t even reached the age where he can go to school and learn…That your violence is not ok, but my violence towards you, which is much more extreme than your violence is ok, because that is how you teach a lesson. That is garbage. Just because you had it happen to you, doesn’t make it ok. If a man rapes his wife when she is out of line, to teach her a lesson, does the wife now think it’s ok that her daughter gets raped, because well, it happened to me. That’s nonsense.There are lot’s of things we used to do as people, that turned out to be wrong. Ya know, like child labor, drunk driving, prostitution, and slavery. There is no reason to hit a 4 year old with a stick, like he did. And this nonsense where he says I didn’t intend to hurt him. Really, maybe the marks all over his hands as he was covering up was a pretty good indication you were hurting him. He’s a scum bag, and shouldn’t be playing until he learns to be a parent. I have a 4 and a 5 year old who I have not laid a hand on. And they are well behaved wonderful children. AP is an idiot, and so are all of you defending it.

  62. Yes you are a child abuser. The pics don’t lie. The Vikings are cowards not to suspend him for rest season and hopefully his sponsors will drop him asap.What company would want this degenerate as the face of their product?

  63. Queue the PC-crowd who believes that children can be “psychologized” away from bad behavior.

    On a lighter note, why send people to prison? Can’t we just sit down and have a discussion with them that their behavior is irrational and they need to change it?

  64. Sorry AP, but not buying it.

    No parent in their right mind “disciplines” a child like that, especially when it involves 2 kids scrapping over a toy.

    You may not have meant to harm the boy, but the bottomline fact is, you did.

    And I’d like to know among you apologists, how many of your parents or grandparents whipped you on your private parts? If they did, you were abused, pure and simple.

  65. And to you people who say “Well, kids today need to be beat, like I was.”Last time I checked, the prison population is not filled with kids. It’s filled with adults, who were hit with said spoons, switches, and belts. So stop it with this nonsense that smacking a kid around makes better people.

  66. Whether he is or isn’t, it’s highly unlikely that he’ll be convicted. I mean, it would be in Texas, where you pretty much have to stop and reload twice before you might get convicted of stepping over the line.

  67. The apologists seem to think that their spanking of a kid is somehow comparable to lashing Peterson dealt a 4 yr old child.

    Just to recap the facts: He broke a 4 yr old’s skin by whipping him with a stick. Then he joked about it with that mom that he might be in trouble.

    This guy needs help, as does his children.

  68. All of you droning on about hitting a child are aware approximately 20 states still allow corporal punishment in schools, right? Wooden paddles (thicker than a switch) and other objects are being used on children by those who are not family or biological parents.

    AP took his discipline to a level it should not have reached, but let’s save the fake outrage for something else.

  69. “21st century lynch mobs are out again. Back when I was a young man we had this thing called “due process” and “innocent until proven guilty.” Ah, those were the days! I guess it is better now, save the money and fire all those useless judges since we can just sit at our keyboards and judge people before going back to chat or facebook.”

    Stay in school, maybe then one day you’ll understand

  70. welts on child after punishment given = child abuser. At least a wife can defend themselves. It does not matter what happened in the past. If you condone this you are just as bad as this child abuser. What ever happens to Rice should be multiplied by 10 and done to Peterson.

  71. Theres nothing normal about this at all.

    Its just a bunch of fantasy cretins and/or people that like to beat and intimidate children, that are trying to defend this. Its sub-human.

  72. “I woulda recognized him and said im a Lions fan, but i still admire him as a great RB and ask for an autograph.

    I been switched by my dad and grandpa once each growing up. I was pretty young to. When either threatened me with the switch after that i straighten my act up fast.”

    You seem like a fool. It’s bad enough you’re a grown man asking another man for his autograph but that’s another topic. Sorry to hear you were a victim of child abuse, glad you made it. I don’t remember much from being 4 and am glad my memory isnt of my dad and grandpa beating me.

    Funny thing is you admit that you continued doing the same things, only when threatened you stopped. Shows you didn’t learn a thing other then you lived in fear.

  73. “On a lighter note, why send people to prison? Can’t we just sit down and have a discussion with them that their behavior is irrational and they need to change it?”

    So you equate an adult commuting a crime and being sent to jail to a 4 year old committing no crime and being assaulted?

  74. My stance as a father is discipline is universal. Easiest test of crossing the line of discipline and abuse is this: If your child came home from school or a friends house and the result of the discipline makes you feel unconfortable, its probably abuse. So ask yourself, if your kid came home from a friends house or your significant other beat your kid looking like A.P’s kid would you consider it abuse? I know I would be paying a visit to that parent with the potential to do harm to him or her if my kid was beat like that.

  75. Ya know, maybe AP’s on to something here….

    Maybe we should let the team or the league take a switch to players that screw up.

    Lets see how that idea would play out among the players….

  76. Anyone with children or the apologists on here just close your eyes for a moment and picture the situation. You have a small child freshly out of diapers probably not able to wipe himself yet and imagine yourself with a branch in your hand strip the branch of its leaves and stuff them into the small childs mouth as they look on in terror. Then proceed to remove childs pants and begin to whip the boy with such force it begins to leave lacerations and bleed…
    Smack…smack…smack…smack….smack…smack..smack…smack…smack…smack…smack…smack…smack…smack…smack…smack… 14 times!

    In the process the small defenseless child’s cries are muffled because of the leaves and in such pain he is trying desperately to defend himself from the vicious hits with his hands but is unable to. Can you imagine the fear and terror as he is writhing in pain? The tears in the poor child’s eyes. All for what you ask? He pushed his sibling down. Sick situation.

    If you as a person or parent do not get a lump in your throat imaging this poor child there is something wrong with you.

    Spielman is getting lambasted in his press conference and rightfully so.

  77. Sorry Adrian, the photos say you ARE. I believe you didn’t intend the injuries, but that doesn’t matter. You are going to learn a hard lesson, including losing all or a significant portion of your career, and probably freedom too.

  78. I believe physical discipline has its place when the alternative is the child seriously injuring themselves or others. But I do think he took it too far, probably because his temper was up. If you can’t teach it in one smack, you can’t teach it at all.

    (Also, “tree branch” makes it sound like a club. A switch is just a green new growth branch that is thin and flexible, so it acts like a whip. For more details, see Little House on the Prairie).

  79. I spanked my son about 20 years ago when he was 6, and when all was said and done, there were marks where my open hand spanked his leg. The marks remained for about one day. I still debate with myself if I did right or wrong. It was a matter where all else had failed, and I did get his attention. Never had to spank again.

  80. to those of you saying, yes it’s child abuse, what about the people out there who have had this done to them in the past, who are lauging at the over reaction? seems to me the only people who are against cutting a switch are those who never had it done to them. those that had it done to them all seem to believe that it was discipline.

  81. metitometin says:
    Sep 15, 2014 2:49 PM
    Peterson is in complete denial if he thinks what he did was acceptable. That was a barbaric beating of a 4 year old for no reason at all. I guess he thought he was on the football field and was facing off against an opponent.

    If you actually take the time to read the statement, you will see that he doesn’t think it was acceptable. AD is not hiding from anything. He is fully admitting everything, including that what he did was wrong. He states that even though this was and still is a culturally accepted form of discipline in the south, he knows now that it is wrong and there are better alternatives.

    It is a rare breath of honesty and humility from a professional player.

  82. Spanking involves your behind, whether it be with a hand, spoon, or paddle.

    This is more of a slave master mentality punishment with a whip. This kid may have permanent scars from this. The red mark on my behind is long gone now.

  83. Dear Mr. Goodell,
    Please simplify this — >

    ‘If you want to play on NFL fields or be a coach on the sidelines, then don’t tarnish the league’s reputation by breaking federal or state laws. If there is some degree of uncertainty/ambiguity if a player/coach has broken the law, then get that legal issue entirely settled first before returning to our football stadiums.’

    The concept is for all teams to handle it equivalently. Maybe this approach would dismantle the overused defense strategy of petitioning for interminable court delays so that the justice system process gets postponed until the off season.

    .

  84. Really, beating a 4 YEAR OLD with a stick around the face and groin and you’re not a child abuser?

    Seriously?

    You abused a child, that is unmistakeable.

    I don’t care how you were raised, that is child abuse.

  85. The only lessons most people have had in parenting skills come from their own parents and caretakers. And often you don’t realize until it’s too late which of their parenting techniques messed you up.

  86. on another note…

    Does anyone else see this scenario happening down the road.

    AP settles with mother of child for undisclosed compensation. Criminal case dismissed due to lack of prosecution from victims mother, vikings say due process proved him innocent.

  87. If only Ray could use the “She had it coming and could use a little tough love to show her you don’t spit at your future husband” defense and that he truly loves Janay…

    Someone please explain to me how this is any different?

  88. You heard him say in the interview with police that this is how he was disciplined. People that suffered abuse often continue that abuse.

    You can make arguments that some corporal punishment can be effective and not harmful to a child long-term. Some do not buy those arguments, but they can be made. There is no valid argument that taking a switch to a 4-year-old is in any way the right thing to do. I do believe Peterson when he says he is not a child abuser at heart. But he has to realize now that his actions have caused abuse, whether intentional or not.

  89. Well, you abused your child. That makes you a child abuser. You may not be a chronic child abuser, or, let’s hope, a repeat child abuser, but you did it.

  90. People who use pain as punishment, lack proper parenting skill number 1- patients. You can’t earn long term respect with fear, hitting is a short term solution. Those who say they “turned out ok” even thought they were beat as a child- DID YOU??? That said, I want my son to turn out more than “OK”.

  91. My parents were from the backwoods of Kentucky, I got spanked as a child, usually with a belt, but never enough to leave a mark.
    This “South” thing is not an excuse for anyone. It is common sense that a 4 year old does not need a switch.
    Also, when he hit him the first time or two, seems like he would have noticed he was doing some damage.
    And, I hope he didn’t stuff the kid’s mouth with leaves in order to keep the neighbors from hearing him scream. That would be quite premeditated.

    I think just taking the child’s video game privileges away for a couple days would have been enough.

  92. You ARE a child abuser,AP. Just because you were “whooped” as a kid doesn’t make it normal or okay. It’s wrong,and you hurt your son badly.
    Your parent(s) were wrong.

  93. Amazing how many here are embellishing the story, adding their own narrative. No one but the Pederson family knows what happened. You look at a couple of pictures and suddenly we have an “animal” who almost beat his son to death? Cast your stones and pray there are no cameras around!

  94. Not saying its right but my siblings and I used to get tore the eff up. Wish people would have been acting like this when i was I kid. No lie my mom hit me with one of those killer instinct combos in the middle of school in 6th grade. Worse day ever.

  95. stevent92 says:
    Sep 15, 2014 3:22 PM
    Queue the PC-crowd who believes that children can be “psychologized” away from bad behavior.

    On a lighter note, why send people to prison? Can’t we just sit down and have a discussion with them that their behavior is irrational and they need to change it?
    ===================================

    This statement is ignorant beyond belief.

    You know that most 1st world countries other than the US actually have prisons that do help train and reform, and are quite successful at keeping recidivism down. The US (for-profit) prison system isn’t set up that way, because it’s set up for profit and not for rehabilitation.

    And your statement about children being able to be pyschologized away from bah behavior? I’m just gonna leave that alone. You clearly don’t know a thing about child development.

    But, you did a good job of making sure we all knew you were a dumbass, so congrats.

  96. I believe him, but I also believe he went too far and should just acknowledge the fact that he did go too far and reinforce his responsibility as a parent to be a father to his children, no matter how he chooses to go about his personal life and have said children, yes that was sarcasm, such sarcasm, and on that note, i’ll simply say, its a shame that professional athletes cant seem to control their themselves and urges with women, that shameful within itself, another topic, for another time

  97. Peterson is a liar and this couldn’t have happened to a more deserving franchise. May you not win a Superbowl for another 53 years, just like your first 53.

    Losers, all of them.

  98. His statement seems sincere and he acknowledges he made a mistake. We’ve all made them. Sure, maybe not to the point where we’ve made our children bleed from whipping, but he seems to have a legitimate grasp on his wrongdoing and I can accept that. He should get his 6 games as outlined in Goodell’s new domestic violence policy and if he screws up again, the punishment, rightly, isn’t so forgiving.

  99. Please, just like someone up above stated, I got whooped the same way when I was a little kid. It made me respect my parents. If I came off at my parents like some of these kids do today (cursing and disrespecting them) I wouldnt have been able to sit down for a week. Do I think my parents were trying to abuse me? NO! Afterwards they’d sit down with me and talk to me about it. Thats just how it used to be back in the day. With the nation being all PC and DCFS on EVERYBODYS radar, you cant do things like that anymore. But nothing beats a good spanking!

  100. Stupid argument, stupid people.
    It’s in the legal system, it will play out the way it plays out.

    End of discussion.

    99.999999 percent of people who posts on boards like this are parrots who simply mimic whatever the latest opinon, idea, or whatever the mainstream media TELLS them to think.

    Their morals or standards are like shifting sand. Whatever is a popularly held believe TODAY just HAS to be more enlightened and intelligent, and informed than ever before. Because everyone NOW is so much smarter than years ago….

    SMH..

  101. Use a stick to injure a 4 year old’s nut sack, parent, custodian, or stranger, and you deserve some jail house justice.

    You, and everyone one who thinks this is normal too….

  102. Open Your eyes people. This happens on a daily basis except much more severe than the damage caused by Adrian. No I’m not condoning Adrians’ actions but the only reason this is such a big deal is based of who he is. He’s an athlete. Beleive it or not athletes are human! Mind blowing I know. Give him a break and let’s play some football.

  103. Some of you blaming “liberals” evidently don’t know the difference between disciplining a child and straight up abuse. Seriously, seek help.

  104. antalicus says: Sep 15, 2014 2:52 PM

    Im from Texas and have not met one person that has said this is uncommon. Pretty much everyone has experienced this (maybe not to that degree) as a child.

    ______________________

    There was something a while back that people in the south thought was “not uncommon”. That didn’t make it right!

  105. Ok, I have read most of these statements and I must put my two cents in here. First- It does not matter wither or not your black or white, people in the south do spank with a SWITCH, not a tree branch, or log! This is for things that children do that a regular spanking is not enough for. Meaning, a switching hurts worse and therefore most children will straighten up if warned with it, so to be frank, it’s not done often because the mere threat of having to get a switching usually does the job. But there are cases when the child wants to buck the parent, and then does receive what he is asking for.
    Secound- leavening welts, and marks are so common, and do go away after about 30mins. They come about because a switch is thin, so it does leave a wilt line.
    Third- I agree that times have changed, and that most parents do not switch thair children anymore, there lays the reason children are doing the things they are, and grow up into the adults that believe the world owes you something just because you were born. Most children have no respect for there parents, nor anyone else. Now a days teachers are scared to go to work, children curse out cops and worse. Think about it, 60 years ago there where guns in just about every home. They were not locked up. However there where no cases of a child taking his fathers gun and shooting up a school! But now that we have so called evolved, that happens. God said, Spair the ROD, Spoil the child. I am sure God would not say for us to do something wrong. And God is right, look at what is going in in this country. Show me where parents not spanking, or switching there children has helped in any way. Show me how it has help a child in any way. Our children are less educated, less respectful, and most have very low morals. It’s parents like those here who say spanking a child or switching a child is wrong, as to why the country is in the shape it is in today.
    Forth- You must teach your child right from wrong at an early age. I would say three is about the age you would spank a child (Not abuse a child). Meaning, a couple of taps on the rear, but not hard enough to hurt them physically, but enough to hurt there pride. If you did that, it makes clear that You are the parent and that you will not stand for Back talking, Stealing, throwing fits, or any other crazy thing that a child may come up with to test you. But after you spank your child, you should always hold them, hug them, and explain why you spanked them, why what they did was wrong, and most of all, that you love them very much. If a parent does not love thair child, they would not take the time to spank, (not abuse), there child and teach them what’s right.
    Lastly- I am an adult who was severally abused by my step father, so I do know abuse. My skull was cracked by him, and I was beat badly almost daily. I went to school with black eyes at 5 years old. Only back then, people did not care enough to step in. I was also punished by my grandmother who loved me more then life itself, and yes I was punished with a switch if I needed it. I too had welts, but not 20+ welts. I see nothing wrong with switching a four year old boy, but only about four strikes at the most with a switch is enough to gain the control you are seeking. So I do believe what Peterson did was way way overboard, and boderline abuse. But to add the open wounds is abuse. Wither or not if it was ment to happen. Now I know there are those who have heard like I have about parents switching a teenager till blood ran, I have just never seen it. It was always something that was a threat, but to actually do that to a four year old is absurd, uncalled for, and ABUSE. I just felt that I needed to add my views here to answer those who were saying ANYONE who spanks there child with a switch is wrong, because that is not the case. A switch, if used correctly can be and is a very good tool to use when discipline is called for. But restraint is needed, as well as common sense. And neither of those were praticed here in this case.

  106. He loves his 4 YEAR OLD son so much he humiliated him, shoved leaves into his mouth and beat him over and over again. He loves him so much he beat him until he had open wounds.
    Yeah, nothing says love like opening a wound on your toddlers scrotum.
    What an absolute joke. There is no way you love your child if you can do those sort of things to them. Adrian Peterson doesn’t have the first clue as to what love means and neither does anyone else who condones any type of excessive force in disciplining a child. It is pretty easy to discipline a child without using physical abuse.

  107. I grew up in the south (rural central Texas), I got beat worse than this. Still does not make it right. Not that Peterson is a bad guy. I dont know him, neither do any of you–but he has some other things come down that indicate he is not the nice guy portrayed in the media. Look it up. He may think this is right in his head, but he should learn better. Besides that, his previous statements were more along the lines of “yeah, I did it, but I did not mean to hurt him like that, but my kids knows, when daddy whoops em, he don’t play around”. Violence is never the answer, quit acting like you all know something about it when you don’t.

  108. No one is going to read this because it’s got so many comments already, but this is a fascinating example of how language is used.

    Notice what he said – “I am not a child abuser.” He refuses to use the noun, to define himself as with this title – It allows him to rationalize his situation and let him still think of himself as good. It also distracts from the issue.

    He did not say – “My action was not child abuse.”

    See, this is a very different sentence. He changes the focus from what he DID to who he IS. Who someone IS becomes impossible to prove while what someone DID is rather simple.

    Nobody cares who you are, Mr. Peterson. We care what you did. And what you did was child abuse.

  109. A grand jury, in good ol’ boy Texas of all places, found sufficient evidence to ask for criminal charges. Yes, these are criminal charges.
    This has nothing to do with football or rivalries. This is criminal abuse.
    The law doesn’t allow you to view your children as property. You can’t abuse them to a point of danger.
    Anyone who says “this is how they do it in the south” is a person trying to say people in the south routinely abuse children. This is not true. This is an individual who thought he could abuse a 4 year old, 4 years old, for his own kingliness.
    If you think that isn’t the case, look no further than six days after the fact a doctor found marks on the boys scrotum. Does ‘discipline’ mean sexually assaulting your child?
    If you think that is ok, let me take a stick to your scrotum.
    Shame on all of you defending this creep. You are his equal.

  110. Are you people for real? Do you have any idea of what actual child abuse is? Was he wrong for the way he went about punishing his son? The answer is yes but it is not a criminal case. He is not a bad person. Personally I give the man credit for caring enough to want to teach his child right from wrong.

  111. He doesn’t believe he’s an abuser, and I think in some degree he isn’t. To be “an abuser” requires intent and I don’t think and I don’t think abuse was his intent.

    However, abuse was the outcome of his actions.

    He’s accepted he made a mistake, everyone does. We also all have to live with the consequences. Now he does too. Unfortunately for him that consequence could be being suspended (I hope) indefinitely.

  112. buc8 says: Sep 15, 2014 3:58 PM

    Amazing how many here are embellishing the story, adding their own narrative. No one but the Pederson family knows what happened. You look at a couple of pictures and suddenly we have an “animal” who almost beat his son to death? Cast your stones and pray there are no cameras around!
    _______________________________
    Actually I don’t see much embellishment at all. AP admitted he hit the child from 10-15 times with the switch. The GJ testimony says the child said “Daddy Peterson” hit him in the face and threatened to hit him in the face if he told. The child also had defensive wounds on his hands. We also know from AP’s comments that he stuffed the leaves he pulled off the switch into the child’s mouth. All said and done I think we have a pretty clear picture of how severely a grown man beat a 4 year old child, and that is without the pictures of the cuts to his back, legs and scrotum.

    That said, I don’t know AP from a hole in the wall. He may be a great guy that does lots for the community. However his actions towards a 4 year old child are heinous. And that is not based on embellishment, but from AP’s own words to investigators and his texts to the child’s mother.

  113. It’s not right what ap did to a 4 year old but I do believe in a good in a good old butt swatting. That what’s wrong with kids today. Mom and Dad both have to work no time to teach kids throw them in front of a video game or tv set.

    If a kid gets punished its like stand in a corner and no games for a hour and here have a couple cookies while standing in the corner.

    People from the south or more so gonna use a twigg and or let the kid pick his own out him self to get his butt spanked.

    I think ap got a little overboard & but I honstly don’t think he ment to hit his baby boy in some private place’s. He should lose a few game checks and go seek help with raising kids and parenting them. Don’t take a mans lively hood to support his children then the kids suffer even more.

  114. trseann says: Sep 15, 2014 4:50 PM

    No one is going to read this because it’s got so many comments already, but this is a fascinating example of how language is used.

    Notice what he said – “I am not a child abuser.” He refuses to use the noun, to define himself as with this title – It allows him to rationalize his situation and let him still think of himself as good. It also distracts from the issue.

    He did not say – “My action was not child abuse.”

    See, this is a very different sentence. He changes the focus from what he DID to who he IS. Who someone IS becomes impossible to prove while what someone DID is rather simple.

    Nobody cares who you are, Mr. Peterson. We care what you did. And what you did was child abuse.
    _______________________________

    Well said. And that is how we know Rusty Hardin and his staff wrote it for AP.

  115. As a father, I don’t support corporal punishment- it hurts the child’s self-esteem, and creates fear and bad memories that do not support healthy development.

    I also didn’t have this treatment as a child, and so using it would be completely foreign to me.

    I think it is a big mistake for Adrian Peterson to administer any sort of corporal punishment to any of his kids, ever, for any reason. His status in the public, and in the eyes of his children, make him the wrong person, despite being their father, to do so.

    Be that as it may, I doubt AP meant to hurt his son in the way that he did.

    It should be noted that Adrian Peterson was spent more time in children’s hospitals, with very ill kids, helping brighten their day with his presence as a famous football player, and through his foundation, that most people do. His foundation has given a lot of money to the Children’s hospital in Minnesota to help children that were victims of abuse and neglect as a matter of fact- and before this incident happened.

    So, there are some redeeming factors here.

  116. I understand its important to discipline your child when they get out of line… and if they TRULY earn a spanking they should get one.

    If someone were to push a sibling while playing video games there are tons of other routes to go. The easiest of which is no more video games for a while…

    Even if this kid DID something to earn a spanking or tough love. Peterson went WAY overboard, in an attempt to make himself feel empowered, especially when it comes to dealing with a 4 year old.

  117. I got the belt as a child. My alcoholic father sometimes got carried away, especially 2 twelve packs deep and if the Padres or Chargers did poorly that day, which was often…

    I have a 13 month old now.

    I will NEVER strike my daughter, in any fashion whatsoever, hand, fist, belt, cord or “switch”. It’s barbaric and only backward people would do such a thing.

    BUT… If you’re going to strike your child, one open-palmed “swat” should be the limit. The moment you hit your kid with a weapon, you’ve gone too far. Hitting them multiple times with a weapon, so fiercely that you’re supposedly not even aware that you’re whacking their privates, you should go to jail. Bruise? Jail time. Bleeding? Jail time. Multiple lacerations lasting multiple days? Jail time.

  118. nav1dawg says:
    Sep 15, 2014 5:01 PM
    Are you people for real? Do you have any idea of what actual child abuse is? Was he wrong for the way he went about punishing his son? The answer is yes but it is not a criminal case. He is not a bad person. Personally I give the man credit for caring enough to want to teach his child right from wrong.
    ———————
    How much credit do you give him for fathering multiple kids out of wedlock and never seeing most of them?

    Yeah, great role model.

  119. Um, take a look at your son. See all those markings, the blood and the bruises on a FOUR year old? That’s called abuse, Adrian. Maybe you’re a little confused. Glad I could clear that up for you.

  120. The problem with the entire discussion is people injecting or assuming motive or emotions here.

    Peterson was “angry” (no evidence)
    Peterson did it to feel “empowered” (new age BS)
    Peterson did it to “BEAT his son to death”
    Peterson did it to be “brutal”
    Peterson did it to “Abuse” his son

    Interesting to step back and watch people attempt to either exaggerate the facts or say stupid things to try to condone them.

  121. I, more than most, deplore the disrespectful kids of today and how they sass and talk back to their parents. I deplore the lack of discipline instilled by and the softness of so many parents, who can’t even teach their kids to say “hello” and “thank you.” I also think that spanking in certain instances, and, especially with out-of-control children, is the only way to get one’s point across. Nonetheless, what Adrian Peterson did crossed all lines. Scrotal injuries? Welts on the body? Case closed.

  122. Yes, it’s commendable that Adrian Peterson gives to charities concerning themselves with abused and neglected kids. Joe Paterno had a positive influence on generations of young men at Penn State, but unfortunately, a few mistakes can often overshadow a lot of good that has been done. In the case of Adrian Peterson, he beat his 4-year-old son. His motives may have been honorable, but the road to hell is paved with good intentions.

  123. Put it this way…sometimes someone makes a joke, and the bottom line is that it’s an offensive joke, or involves stereotypes. I think what you do is you say, “Hey that was insensitive” and you certainly address it with your friend. But I don’t think you automatically can jump to the conclusion that the person is the next David Duke.

    I agree that proper discipline of your child does not result in the sort of marks and injuries depicted in the photos. Do I think Adrian is the NFL’s version of Joan Crawford? No. He needs to take some parenting classes and think about what he’s done and what sort of father he wants to be. It sounds like he’s started that process.

  124. I was 4 my grandmother made me go pick out a switch,, if it wasnt to her likeing I had to get another ,,, and believe me I moved as much as I could first time ,,yes she whipped me where ever she could because I was moving , arms legs hands or where ever,, you know what I learned when adult spoke LISTEN !!!!!,, I guess she should be in prison NOT !!!!,,, I had more love for her and very close to her ,,, when these little kids grows up and kills someone because there toys where taken away from them when they where a child I hope there none of your kin folk ,,as of what I read AP son attached the other child beating them because he couldnt play a game ,,,kids these days has NO respect at all,

  125. Lawyers are what escalates all the bogus trivia that Peterson is accused of. He is raising his son.
    He is the father. He lost control and now he will
    pay for that. His son needs to know right from wrong, so does Adrian, in this case. If you haven’t raised children, try that first, then come back with a response.

  126. Peterson’s initial reaction was telling. I really don’t think he knows the definition of child abuse. Now hearing what he has to say, I can’t help hearing “just because you say so doesn’t make it so”.

  127. Hey Nate where did I say role model? Exactly why is it that we look to others to be role models for our children?

    natelan says:
    Sep 15, 2014 6:03 PM

    nav1dawg says:
    Sep 15, 2014 5:01 PM
    Are you people for real? Do you have any idea of what actual child abuse is? Was he wrong for the way he went about punishing his son? The answer is yes but it is not a criminal case. He is not a bad person. Personally I give the man credit for caring enough to want to teach his child right from wrong.
    ———————
    How much credit do you give him for fathering multiple kids out of wedlock and never seeing most of them?

    Yeah, great role model.

  128. as parent, if you see your “switching” is bringing up welts, lacerations and blood, don’t you stop at the first visible sign? the first switch would leave a mark and, for most rational people, make them realize, and stop, wouldn’t it? in that case, that means this guy went into a rage and wasn’t seeing or caring about anything but getting his rage out/satisfied. this guy is as strong as anybody in the league. inflicting that strength on a 4 year old should be known to be wrong by most rational people. this guy was basically “out of his mind” with anger/rage to allow himself to do this to his own child. he was out of control, irrational.

    we all live in the same american society; see stories all over the media. all kinds of mediums run stories in multiples, every day with horror stories of abuse of children. there are laws we all are aware of that tell us that this kind of corporal punishment and torture are wrong/illegal and felonious. he acts like he didn’t know that kind of “discipline/spanking” is wrong. peterson, please, spare us the dumb act! you know what you did is illegal, and wrong in todays society. or else you’ve been living in a blacked out hole with no tv, internet or newspaper. just stop trying to make people think you’re ignorant!

    he beat his child bloody and did nothing about it. for how long? the child’s battered body wasn’t tended to until he got home from his visitation and his mother was concerned enough to take him to a doctor. the mother knew peterson had damaged the child beyond acceptable/appropriate/legal. something is mentally wrong with AP, obviously since he did nothing to try to take care of his own child; and because he did this at all.

    i hope the court doesn’t let him see his child again, until he goes through a lot of counseling, anger management, parenting classes, etc. then all visits should be short, with extended time between, and supervised.

    the vikings are hypocrites and like every other team thus far, and only care about the $$$ and the W’s! it’s just wrong, the way the nfl is (mis)handling all these cases!

  129. 2ruefan says:
    Sep 15, 2014 6:06 PM

    Peterson was “angry” (no evidence)
    Peterson did it to feel “empowered” (new age BS)

    Interesting to step back and watch people attempt to either exaggerate the facts or say stupid things to try to condone them.
    _____________

    Billions of households for over the past 30 years have dealt with siblings pushing one another over video games. Of all the consequences to give this child.

    Peterson decieded the best discipline is to strike his 4 year old child Not 1 Not 2 Not 3… but NUMEROUS times leaving welts all over his lower body… and proceeded to shove leaves into his mouth while doing so.

    That is not an average parent disciplining their child… that is not someone cool calm and collected. That is someone who lost their cool and wanting to “show someone who’s boss.”

  130. To all of you that think what he did was ok, what would your feelings be if you picked your kid up from daycare and the care provider said they had to switch your kid and they had welts like that? Oh, that’s ok I’m sure they deserved it?

  131. Did AP stick up for the guy that “disciplined” one of his other sons last year in Sioux Falls?

  132. Anyone who says this statement comes from his heart his full of crap. This statement was 100% written by his attorneys. Based upon his text messages, it’s pretty clear that AP is pretty much illiterate, and probably doesn’t even know what the statement says!

  133. Since when in this country does a citizens employer take over from the police and the courts, the determination of guilt and punishment? Who made the National Football League the determiner of what punishment should be dealt out to Ray Rice or Adrian Peterson?

    Has Professional football become “Roller Ball” now. Is Professional Football now the Corporate competition of civil authority. When such abuse of children or spouses occurred in the recent past, did the employer get involved? Why are people like stupid dumb sheep accepting this punishment of Rice and Peterson by the NFL as the correct replacement of police and court Judges?

  134. It is unreal that this issue is so controversial. No one is saying you should never spank your kids. Spanking is one thing, drawing blood and wounds is another. Scrotal injuries? Welts? Come on!

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