If, as it appears, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson didn’t see anything wrong with spanking one of his children with a switch until the boy’s flesh ripped open and bled, logic suggests that it wasn’t a one-time occurrence.
According to multiple reports, it may not have been.
The Vikings reinstated Peterson on Monday after a one-game deactivation arising from Friday’s indictment on charges of reckless of negligent injury to a child in Texas. Stay tuned for more details regarding the second case.
Peterson is presumed innocent in a court of law. The Vikings and the NFL will be presumed inept and immoral in the court of public opinion if either or both continue to hide behind Constitutional protections that relate only to the deprivation of a person’s liberty and not to the privilege to play football in exchange for millions of dollars and worldwide fame.
UPDATE 8:05 p.m. ET: The full report from KHOU 11 indicates that the boy’s mother made a report of the injury to Child Protective Services, but that no charges were filed against Peterson.
UPDATE 9:50 p.m. ET: Peterson’s lawyer, Rusty Hardin, says that the allegation against Peterson is “simply not true.”