Vikings GM calls Peterson case “disturbing” but defends playing him

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Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman says he’s alarmed by the case against running back Adrian Peterson, but he stands by the team’s decision to allow Peterson to continue playing.

Spielman said he has seen the widely circulated photos of Peterson’s son, who suffered cuts and bruises when Peterson hit him with a switch. Spielman acknowledged being disturbed by those pictures, but he still thinks the Vikings should keep playing Peterson, who has been indicted for injury to a child, until the legal process plays out.

“The photos are disturbing, I understand that. But to be clear, any matter that’s involving the child is very important to our organization, but we also think it is right for him to go through the process legally,” Spielman said.

Asked if the Vikings are standing by Peterson only because he’s a great player, Spielman insisted that’s not he case.

“It has nothing to do with him as a football player. It’s based purely on the facts that we have, that have been presented to us,” Spielman said. “It has nothing to do with that. It has to do with the information we have gathered.”

Spielman said the team has been gathering information about the case, but what makes the Peterson case different from most other criminal cases is that there are few if any facts in dispute: Peterson has already admitted that he hit his son and inflicted those “disturbing” injuries. The Vikings know what Peterson did, and are choosing to play him anyway.

143 responses to “Vikings GM calls Peterson case “disturbing” but defends playing him

  1. He admitted it and was arrested for it…what else are they waiting for? Another example of how classless and messed up professional sports are. This is a complete joke

  2. Vikings: “The pictures are disturbing.”

    AP admits that is his handiwork.

    At this point, the legal system seems more like an unnecessary middleman.

  3. If AP switched his QB like that, and left those marks, what do you think the punishment would be? Or Spielman?

    Coward = Spielman and the Vikings organization for not standing up and punishing a child abuser. AP admitted doing it, now you let him play?

  4. I’m interested to see when charges are brought against the Montgomery County Texas DA’s office for Illegally distributing the photo’s of AP’s son and his injuries before the trial. That DA needs to be in Jail!

  5. Translation, those are disturbing. But, we need to win. So we will look the other way. If this is a 3rd string corner, or a practice squad player, they cut him. This whole thing disgusts me!

  6. Dont let facts get in the way or in this case pics. Fact, the Vikings are a bad team, they are even worse without AP so there yo have it. I remember a week ago the Vikes were crowned champions after beating a Rams team starting their third stringer, glad they were brought back on earth 24 hrs ago…

  7. In reality this is what the Vikes GM is really saying; “I know Peterson has admitted to beating his 4 year old son with a stick and in all likelihood will plea bargain his way out of it but I want to win, we got blown out without him and I would toss my Grandma down a flight of stairs if it means getting to the post season. Abuser or not he is our abuser”.

  8. The Vikings leadership like Peterson have no class. Neither of them care about the little boy that was beaten. Peterson is a coward and should be in prison for what he did. To both parties you are scum. If Peterson is aloud to play this week then the NFL should step in,but they are just as week. Why is he not in jail? He and Rice are both worthless pieces of trash. Would love to see a bounty put on Peterson. Both knees blown out would be a fair price to pay.

  9. . . . and now a few words from the folks whose moral compass has always pointed to true north:

    (Cue the righteous indignation of the uninformed)

  10. What is there to debate here? We know what happened to the child, we have photographs. We know who did it. What is the debate? Either you think it was wrong and you punish him, or you think it is okay and there is nothing wrong with that and let him play.

    You don’t need a jury to tell you what you believe. We know all the facts and we see the results of his actions. Its time to step up and make a judgment on where you stand on this issue.

    Peterson was quick to lash out and his 4 yr old child and Beat and whipped him when he acted inappropriately. On the other hand, when peterson acted inappropriately he wants the process to play out and people to hold off on judgment and be patient. A little hypocritical don’t you think? Why didn’t your four-year-old son get that same amount of patient from you first

  11. Hopefully, the backlash from the fans and others will be enough to get him shut down for more than one game. How can the Vikings so quickly move to reinstate him??? Look what he did to his boy!! This is ridiculous.

  12. Look Ziggy I can get the trial moved two or three times maybe until December or January by that time if your not in the playoffs you cut him loose because of the horrible thing he did….But for now you need to show you support my client so he will keep running for the team…What a load of crap….

  13. Spanking is one thing but are some parents in the 21st century still using a switch on children? Is an organization actually excusing this player and this action under the guise of due process? Collectively we have to do better.

  14. Rank these 5 people’s cases in order from 1-5, with #1 being the most, #5 being the least MORALLY wrong. Remember, this is not based on the crime most severely punishable by US law but what you as an individual find the most morally reprehensible…

    Aaron Hernandez
    Adrian Peterson
    Donte Stallworth
    Jim Irsay
    Ray Rice

    Very interesting to see the results of this exercise.

  15. So sit him down while he goes through the legal process and maybe take a check away for his conduct off the field and maybe try to get ahead of this other than sitting there and letting us fans know that you support a child abuser if it means a shot at winning.

  16. As father and a Vikings fan this whole thing disgusts me! Those photos are all I need to know… very sad. Time to move on from AP, bench him for good, and trade him to the Cowboys so I have even more reason to hate them.

  17. I am a huge professional athlete and I like to hit small children with sticks. I am a true leader.

  18. “You don’t need a jury to tell you what you believe.”

    I think you don’t really understand what a jury does.

  19. This smells and reeks of saving face and winning games for a football team, they need Adrian Peterson and I believe him when he says he is not a child abuser, but he was negligent and reckless in how he disciplined his child and there are laws in which say so, matter fact, there is glaring evidence that supports this as child abuse, he went too far with it, he needs to be punished by the NFL, in some way, sit him down for 6-8 games and then the Vikings should do what they feel is best, but to play this guy on Sunday says they support a child abuser, even though that was not intent, the evidence again is there, Adrian is supposed to support his ideals of disciplining his child but when it goes too far for the world to see, then it is a problem and needs to be addressed and handled accordingly

  20. mauldawg says: Sep 15, 2014 3:32 PM

    The Vikings leadership like Peterson have no class. Neither of them care about the little boy that was beaten. Peterson is a coward and should be in prison for what he did. To both parties you are scum. If Peterson is aloud to play this week then the NFL should step in,but they are just as week. Why is he not in jail? He and Rice are both worthless pieces of trash. Would love to see a bounty put on Peterson. Both knees blown out would be a fair price to pay.
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    Someone should put a bounty on your English teachers for the murder you just did to the English language.

  21. Of coarse he defends playing him, it would be disturbing to not have the best running back in the league and loose a football game.
    Be honest Spielman!

  22. I am now a Vikings fan for life. Finally, a team owner respecting both the player and the legal system. Will the self-righteous idiots on the coasts please take a cue from the sensible Midwesterners?! Go Vikings!!

  23. I’m fine with Ziggy and Rick playing Peterson, all they have to do is agree to send their kids/grandkids through the Peterson spanking machine one time.

  24. According to the talking heads at the Everybody’s Silly Pinhead Network, Adrian Peterson is the face of the Minnesota Vikings. It is a case of knowing your Devil with the Vikings.

  25. This is a very surprising decision on the Vikings’ part in light of this coming in the wake of the Rice situation. You would think from a PR standpoint the Vikings organization would be making the first move here, and not waiting for the league to get involved – even though they will eventually. Spielman need to make the right move, and so far, he hasn’t.

  26. All of these acts of violence are exposing the NFL for what it is, a money making machine with no real interest in sparking social change and standing up for what is right. This is not just a Vikings problem or a Ravens problem, it is a league problem and the cowards who own the teams and the commissioner who runs the league will do nothing to correct it.

  27. “It has to do with the information we have gathered.”

    Spielman continued: “Yes — and the information we have gathered is this team is hopeless without him. We demonstrated that Sunday when we were blown out in the home opener in our new digs.”

  28. If the Vikings entire history is filled with questionable conduct, criminal arrests and cover up, what makes anybody think that the Vikings are suddenedly going to do the right thing just because it was a defenseless 4 year old boy?

    If you truly want justice, the football gods will deliver it in the form of karma. A missed FG kick by a Kicker that didn’t miss a previous attempt all season, 12 men in the huddle in route to a sure win, a Cowboy pushing off for the whole world to see but somewhow the ref missed it and a 4th &n 29 with no time left on the clock to lose to a last place team to know the Vikings out of the playoffs.

    If you think that karma is bad, just watch what happens to this team over the next 5 years. Last place finishes and painful losses, all so Peterson can play. Have at it folks, it’s a pitiful sight.

  29. I think it’s gross what Adrian did to his kid and I think he’s guilty of the crime he’s charged with.

    I also don’t think it is up to the Vikings or the NFL to get involved with deciding when a parent has spanked his kid too hard — UNLESS IT’S ILLEGAL. We do not know yet whether what he did was illegal or not. I have my opinion and everyone no doubt has an opinion but neither my opinion nor your opinion is the law.

    It doesn’t seem like many of the people on this board, including MDS, have enough mental horsepower to understand that distinction.

  30. There should be no DUE PROCESS in a court of law for the nfl in a case like this. It’s about protecting the image of the NFL.

    “Due Process” should be simple.

    1. Show the disgusting and sickening images of that boy to peterson.
    2. Ask him if he did that to that little child.
    3. If he says no I didn’t touch him. Let him resume playing until “due Process” has been completed. But warn him if found guilty or a plea deal is made a lifetime ban is the punishment.
    4. If he say Yes I did that, its part of being a father. Immediate indefinite suspension until we can figure out what is the proper punishment for the horrendous acts committed.

  31. I don’t support the actions of Ray Rice or Adrian Peterson and the likes and hope they get what they deserve but they have rights just like me and you and if we judge them and punish them without regards for those rights what happens when it is one of us.

  32. If there was a VIDEO that showed him beating the 4 year old in the way that created these injuries, would he be allowed to play?

    Of course not! But you don’t need a video to imagine what it looked like when he stuffed leaves into his kid’s mouth and beat him with a stick repeatedly on the hands, face, arms, legs, inner thighs, and scrotum.

    The guy is mentally ill or very stupid, but certainly he is a danger to kids.

  33. It’d be easy to give up and be done with the Vikings, but that’d make packer-backers even more happy. This peterson case is like christmas in september for those freaks.

    Remember for those making fun of Viking fans, packer fans love to make fun of the 35w collapse, korey stringers death, the death of petersons other kid and now think we’re all child beaters. The real pathetic part of this is the joy it brings to fans of green bay. Remember the packer fan who duck-taped his kid to a chair and beat him with a belt because he refused to take off his Favre jersey after #4 signed with minnesota? I do.

    What peterson did is disturbing and he should be suspended and traded, but the joy this brings to packer fans is more disturbing.

  34. Its funny how all of you have already moved on from Ray Rice…get a life people. He said hes sorry and he gets his day in court just like the rest of you saints out there.

  35. I hope this garbage shatters his hips on the first play.I have seen thye pics, I heard him admit to doing it.Keep inmind those pics were a week old so imagine what they looked like the day it happened. I hope he gets wiped from the record books.

  36. I get choked up just thinking about how terrified that little boy must have been, and how much pain that must have caused. His little mind must have been just reeling with “why, daddy?” Kids that age aren’t going to process that as a behavioral consequence. They live in the present, and all they will know is “daddy’s hurting me.” The only lesson he will learn is fear, sadness, and mistrust.

    But let’s let the legal process play out for the sake of the team, right Rick? It was bad enough that you suspended him last week, but when you got destroyed by the patriots, suddenly now it’s not so bad that you can’t play him till he gets convicted? What a striking coincidence.

  37. If Jeffrey Dahmer could throw a football, the Vikings would start him at QB and let him cook chow for the “Mess Line”… and cut anyone who asked him what the ghoulash was made of….

  38. Basically the nfl says as long as it’s not on video, we will not do anything about it. This is 1000x worse than Josh Gordon smoking weed. The nfl makes me sick. It’s ok to abuse children but don’t you dare lay a finger on Peyton manning

  39. My children have gotten scrapes & cuts before from falling or playing outside. A week later, yes, the marks are still visible. In some cases, the scab is still there.

    Honestly, this is much ado about nothing.

    If the kid was knocked unconscious, or had weeks of intensive recovery, I think we could call this “abuse.” Instead, it is harsh discipline.

    A bit TOO harsh, and AP should dial it back. But abuse? Come on, you people have lost your minds.

  40. They sure did look terrible yesterday, I bet that had absolutely nothing to do with their decision…

  41. macneil4025 says: Sep 15, 2014 3:29 PM

    I’m interested to see when charges are brought against the Montgomery County Texas DA’s office for Illegally distributing the photo’s of AP’s son and his injuries before the trial. That DA needs to be in Jail!

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    Perhaps it was his only recourse of making sure that the public got to see what happened. I am sure there were a hundred people along the way interested in covering for a big Texas football star. Frankly, I applaud whoever released the photos because they know the difference between right and wrong is not always reflected in the legal system.

  42. Rick Spielman is now “sick” for waiting for the court system to do their job. You people crack me up. Guilty until proven innocent in the good ol USA now. This shouldnt even be a subject of conversation. Stay out of peoples affairs and mind yours. You all will be better for it.

  43. Let’s be honest here…how many of you (assuming that you have mastered the art of bringing in a child to this world) can honestly say that you never, ever spanked you child?

    Thumbs down if you have

  44. therealdave123 says:
    Sep 15, 2014 3:53 PM

    All of these acts of violence are exposing the NFL for what it is, a money making machine with no real interest in sparking social change and standing up for what is right. This is not just a Vikings problem or a Ravens problem, it is a league problem and the cowards who own the teams and the commissioner who runs the league will do nothing to correct it.

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    Do you really expect the National Football League to be the impetus for social change? It’s a bunch of grown men who get paid big money to “impose their will” on other grown men.

  45. i can tell you that people are not going to stop watching viking football and in fact, this will probably make the ratings higher by playing him. The only way to have peterson out of the league is if you boycott the vikings and or the league which none of you vikings fan will do. It shouldnt come down to that but if you think they are going to pay someone 10+ mill a year and have him sit/cut you are an idiot. this is real life and peterson is one of the best in the game and the main superstar on this team. No Way he doesnt play.

  46. Ray Rice is a bad man for hitting a woman( guilty as per the tape)…Arron Hernandez a bad man for a lot of things….(he is still innocent until proven guilty) Adrian Peterson is a good man making sure that his son does not grow up to be another Ray Rice or Aaron Hernandez

  47. The standard for NFL discipline should be what it is for any other workplace. If you work at mcdonalds and would get suspended from work for something, you should get suspended from the NFL. Why are we holding a group of men, most of who grew up in ghettos and conditions most of us cant understand, to a standard higher than we do other adults? Because they make money? I hope not.

  48. It’s hard to imagine what a 4 year old could have done to deserve the switch.

    Its sad that any one would accept this as due process. AP/Vikings/Fans…. everyone just needs to take a step back and look at what message they are sending by handing this guy the ball.

  49. What is “disturbing” was watching the New York Jets getting killed in the second half yesterday.

    How about charging the Jets players with “cruel and inhuman” treatment to their fans???

  50. Adrian Peterson has done more for under privileged children than all you finger pointers have done combined. I have witnessed first hand the good that the man has done in SEVERAL communities. None of you know that man personally and are speculating what you know about his private life.

  51. I think everyone can just go ahead and stop comparing him to some 3rd string player or roster-fodder. If he was a player of minimal value keeping him on the team would not be worth the negative publicity and distraction so of he’d be cut. That’s not really so much double standard, it’s just common sense. His value to the team and his service to the community and history of being a generally good person, plus the real question of how illegal his actions even were affords him some benefit of the doubt – for now at least. Get over it and let the justice system do it’s job – not the ‘kangaroo court’ of public opinion.

  52. To the legal question at hand (I know none of you think it matters). In Texas corporal punishment is legal, including with instruments other than your hand (read paddle, spoon, and yes switch) as long as it is “reasonable”, with of course “reasonable” not defined.

    I don’t think he will be found guilty. They couldn’t even get the first grand jury to indict him.

  53. The league will step in. They’re backed into a corner after the Rice ordeal. Now it looks like they treat beating kids and wives differently. The league will feel the pressure and treat both the same before the week is over..

  54. If something like this happened to Matt Asiata he would likely already be cut.

    The fact that AP is a great football player is weighing into their decision.

    It really shouldn’t be.

  55. I’m confused as to why there’s all this talk about due process or waiting for the legal system to decide.

    I’m not trying to be sarcastic either – I really don’t get why people would mention that. Has anyone suggested he go to prison or lose liberty without due process or a trial?

    I thought we were talking about losing the privilege to earn millions of dollars playing a game.

    I mean, I don’t know about you, but if I miss work for getting arrested, I can lose my job. It won’t wait for any due process.

  56. Some of these comments are disgusting. No one has to “speculate” about his “private life.” There are pictures. The kid was FOUR YEARS OLD. DO YOU REALIZE THAT? Was this “appropriate” punishment for pushing his older brother? If you think beating a 4 year old with a stick repeatedly (AP said he CAN’T REMEMBER HOW MANY TIMES he hit his son) until he is bleeding is not child abuse, I pray for your children’s lives.

  57. What about Chris Cook who was suspended by the Vikings after only being arrested, not convicted, for domestic violence – the Vikings did not need the judicial system to play out before the Viking suspended him for 10 games. And he was found not guilty. The Vikings have no integrity.

    As a life-long Vikings fan, I was proud that my team did the right thing on Friday. That pride was fleeting and has now turned to disgust.

  58. I wonder where all these people that are bashing AP were when Donte Stallworth killed a person when he was driving his vehicle under the influence. No one said anything then. I guess manslaughter while intoxicated isn’t as bad as discipline. No one really cared about the Rice case before they saw video either. Let’s just remember one thing. His son is probably running around playing like every other kid his age right now, and I bet he still loves his dad. No one died in this case.

  59. “In 2011, the Vikings suspended cornerback Chris Cook with pay after he was arrested for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend and barred him from all team activities while his trial played out. Cook wound up missing 10 games and was eventually acquitted.”

  60. finsguy says:Sep 15, 2014 4:33 PM

    To the legal question at hand (I know none of you think it matters). In Texas corporal punishment is legal, including with instruments other than your hand (read paddle, spoon, and yes switch) as long as it is “reasonable”, with of course “reasonable” not defined.

    I don’t think he will be found guilty. They couldn’t even get the first grand jury to indict him.

    ———————
    A short excerpt from an artical about Texas Parental rights for corporal punishment of their children:

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    In Texas, the law gives parents, stepparents, grandparents and legal guardians leeway in disciplining their children, but authorities stress that corporal punishment must be “reasonable” and not cross the line into abuse.

    “Every case is different, but some things that could constitute abuse would be using something other than your hand, leaving marks or bruises, or hitting in the face,” said Marissa Gonzales, a spokeswoman for Child Protective Services.
    **

    Another from the Texas attorney general site:

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    Any form of corporal punishment may be abusive if it results in injury.
    **

    Causing bodily harm is the real problem here. If AP’s child was not harmed, the doctor trip wouldn’t have been required and there would be no charge. I think he will be found guilty based on the law.

  61. stevent92 says:Sep 15, 2014 4:15 PM

    My children have gotten scrapes & cuts before from falling or playing outside. A week later, yes, the marks are still visible. In some cases, the scab is still there.

    Honestly, this is much ado about nothing.

    If the kid was knocked unconscious, or had weeks of intensive recovery, I think we could call this “abuse.” Instead, it is harsh discipline.

    A bit TOO harsh, and AP should dial it back. But abuse? Come on, you people have lost your minds.

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    Accidental injuries caused by a child falling etc. are excluded from child abuse laws.

    Any injury caused by corporal punishment are included in the abuse laws.

  62. Texas says this is OK? You’re as big an idiot as Texas. AP a good man? Maybe, but how many kids by how many women? Wonder if his 4 y/o can count that high? The four year old out there running and jumping around like everything is peachy? You have expertise in child psychology? You’re entitled too your misguided opinion, but not to make up your own set of facts. AP disciplined as a child? I guess that accounts for his ultimately becoming the father of his own country. He beat up a preschooler, for crying out loud. Can you honestly endorse your or your sister’s or your friend’s child hit with a tree branch by his nursery school teacher, no matter what. Tell us.

  63. whatnojets says: Sep 15, 2014 4:23 PM

    Ray Rice is a bad man for hitting a woman( guilty as per the tape)…Arron Hernandez a bad man for a lot of things….(he is still innocent until proven guilty) Adrian Peterson is a good man making sure that his son does not grow up to be another Ray Rice or Aaron Hernandez

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    But does the end justify the means?

  64. buc8 says:Sep 15, 2014 4:36 PM

    “innocent until proven guilty”…read that somewhere.

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    That’s about criminal charges, not NFL employment. An employer has no such obligation.

  65. bambam4 says: Sep 15, 2014 4:55 PM

    “In 2011, the Vikings suspended cornerback Chris Cook with pay after he was arrested for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend and barred him from all team activities while his trial played out. Cook wound up missing 10 games and was eventually acquitted.”

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    Someone correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe during the 10 game suspension, he stayed on the payroll, which rubbed many teammates the wrong way. That’s a good, quick way to divide a locker room.

  66. As I pray for yours phinagain. Hopefully they get the discipline they need to be part of a functioning society. AND YES I KNOW THE BOY WAS FOUR!! Not your child, not your call.

  67. You don’t have the right to hit another adult, so why is it ok with some of you that you can beat your child under the age of five, until he bleeds?

  68. @sorryisaidthat ; I’m pretty sure Vick killed multiple dogs. AP on the other hand spanked his kid with a switch and his bitter ex snitched on him as if she doesn’t discipline the child. So no. AP did not put his sons life in danger in any way.

  69. I seriously can’t believe people are defending the Vikings and/or Peterson. He says he’s not a child abuser. But the pictures say he is. The Vikings say they are respecting Due Process, but Peterson admitted he caused the wounds. This is an open and shut case: He should do a least a year in jail and be banned from the NFL for at least 1 year after that.

  70. “but we also think it is right for him to go through the process legally,” Spielman said.

    Because there’s no way we can trade that giant contract of his to the Cowboys before week 8 if we suspend him right now…

  71. I’m a true Viking fan, parent of two children. While growing up in the late 70s 80s there were a lot of times where I seem teachers slap your hands and back then a nun would even do it. Kids growing up in boarding schools were treated like this and it was okay then. Even seen a bus driver grab a kid by the ears, also one by hair in the back of the head and you really want to know something, they really deserved it. Not the ones at the boarding schools but the ones on the bus. Those kids were bad and today after all this I even talked to one of those kids and they agreed they needed that. Some parents today spoil their kids so bad that they turn out to be trouble in the future. I’m not saying beat down your kids but society is losing it. Younger generations are disrespectful and dishonest. That’s from all the none discipline. Believe me I was spanked by a wiffle bat, a stick or switch, whatever you want to call it when I was a kid and I do believe I deserved it and I did not do those things ever again. It’s tuff love and a little of it growing up will not hurt as long it’s done when only needed, but don’t go overboard on them. There human too. I support AP but if he’s doing this ALL the time it is not right. Sometimes talking solves things a lot better.

  72. THEY EFFING DEACTIVATED HIM!!!!!!!! Let it friggin go! The Vikes are FINE, do you know how many people would be in jail if they got the same standard you set to AP?! Better yet, how would YOU do?! I am willing to bet that most of you (if you have them) lost your temper and raised your voice at your kids!!! If you don’t think that scares your kids just as much, you are more of an idiot than Peterson!!!!

  73. You’re a real class act there, Spielman! You basically told everyone that winning football games matters more to you than the welfare of a child.

    What an a-hole!

  74. Team Purple Organization + Due Process: “Well… perhaps A.P. is a bona fide child abuser, but we feel our season will be lost without him. So, it’s okay if he switches his kid(s) as long as he shows up on Sunday. Have A Nice Day.”

  75. I personally think whats wrong with all these hoods runnin the streets today is the fact that they dont have Peterson there to beat there ars with a switch.

  76. AP to his kid:
    “I’m going to beat you bloody so you don’t grow up to be violent.”

    As many have said, all a four year old learns from that is fear.

  77. The Viking organization just cemented what everyone has been wondering about them. One could argue that about the only thing worse than abusing a child would be murder, and this action shows anything up to (and including???) murder would be acceptable for the Vikings brass to allow a player, who professes his guilt no less, to represent the team on the field while they hide behind the “due process” B.S.

    Good luck climbing out from under this tainted image. You’ve made your bed.

  78. Did you know the U.S. is one of only 2 countries that has not agreed to sign a U.N. treaty for childrens rights thats main purpose is to stop child trafficking because in doing so it could possibly remove your right to physically discipline your child. So obviously physically disciplining your child is something our country believes in.

  79. The difference between the Rice and AP situation is simple…INTENT! Ray Rice’s intent was to HARM, AP’s intent (as ignorant as it was) was to discipline.

    I believe it’s reasonable to say that eveyone who’s calling for AP to be cut, banished, etc…would have a vastly different perspective and would expect legul DUE PROCESS if THEIR job was threatened due to an erroneous action in their personal life they thought was ok (due to their own past experience), but turned out not only to be wrong…but potentially illegal.

    People love to pile on and act like everything in life is ‘black and white’…well, it isn’t.

    I can say this, I seriously doubt AP is a serial child abuser…and I seriously doubt the Vikings are supporters of child abuse.

  80. guitarfreak21 says: Sep 15, 2014 5:24 PM

    THEY EFFING DEACTIVATED HIM!!!!!!!! Let it friggin go! The Vikes are FINE, do you know how many people would be in jail if they got the same standard you set to AP?! Better yet, how would YOU do?! I am willing to bet that most of you (if you have them) lost your temper and raised your voice at your kids!!! If you don’t think that scares your kids just as much, you are more of an idiot than Peterson!!!!
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    Yeah, you’re right. Raising your voice to your kid is EXACTLY like whipping a four year old until he’s covered in bloody welts.

    Exactly!……..

    The pride of Minnesota right here, ladies and gentlemen. Take a bow, guitarfreak.

  81. Hopefully the fans will boycott, write,email and show there total displeasure with the decision. Lets not stand up for a player who says he is not a child beater, lets stand up for the child. How about the kid winning one for the team.

  82. I think some people on the team took one for AP by playing poorly and saying, we need him back to win. This team was totally different that the pre season team that went 4-0 and AP did not play.
    No they lost deliberately to save his job. It was a man thing.
    It was a race thing

  83. Why would it be disturbing? For the team that leads the NFL in the number of player arrests since 2000.

  84. Um, IF spankings were still an effective method of child rearing, I’m pretty sure they WOULD NOT be condoned on a 4 year old. I have a 5 year old at home and yes, sometimes he’s a little stinker. But I would never, ever, in my wildest dreams imagine whipping him with a stick or even spanking his bottom with my hand. I was spanked as a child, but not until I was about 8 or 10 and could better understand the error of my ways. A 4 year old is only going to be permanently scarred by such a whipping – literally – mentally and physically. AP is mentally deranged and should be punished adequately for his actions, including the loss of his privilege of being a role model/star in the NFL. Strip him of this right, for he does not belong to be the spokesperson or poster boy for anything but crappiest dad of the year!

  85. It’s truly amazing how many idiots can congregate on one website at one time. The rod was rarely spared on me and I deserved every swat. I didn’t fear my parents, I feared disobedience and idiocy. My parents were exactly right and loved me enough to make me understand that there are painful consequences for messing up. We heal, we’re forgiven, but we learn from the pain that we brought upon ourselves. I’m quite sure that if my father would’ve been a national celebrity and pictures had been taken of my punishment, the morons on this sight would freak out and my father would be in the same position as Adrian. I would then go on knowing I was the cause of ruining a loving man.

  86. Rank these 5 people’s cases in order from 1-5, with #1 being the most, #5 being the least MORALLY wrong. Remember, this is not based on the crime most severely punishable by US law but what you as an individual find the most morally reprehensible…

    Aaron Hernandez
    Adrian Peterson
    Donte Stallworth
    Jim Irsay
    Ray Rice

    Very interesting to see the results of this exercise.

    1 Hernandez
    2 Stallworth
    3 Ray Rice
    4 Peterson
    5 Irsay

    Not sure how can be any different.
    Hernandez premeditated a murder, possibly on more than one occasion.
    Stallworth caused a death via driving drunk. This aft should have been punished much more harsh than he was.
    Ray rice knocked a woman unconscious with two vicious punches. The video is disturbing but the nfl shouldn’t have needed the video to suspend him more than 2 games. However. Once they did they should not have gone back and changed the suspension. Should’ve gotten it correct the first time.
    Peterson abused a harmless child but didn’t knock him unconscious and was a case of parental discipline gone wrong. Yes the photos are disturbing. But if u whip ur own child with a belt and it leaves scars. Should you be imprisoned on first occasion if every other evidence shows you are a good parent ?? Or should you be made to attend weekly parenting courses and have an independent investigator check in on the progress including interviews with the child and mother to verify if counseling has helped. The father losing his job and going to jail is not going to benefit the child as much as would be an educated and reformed father that is employed and caring for his child. People should want the parent to be rehabilitated for the long term benefit of the child and family as opposed to being locked in jail, and fired. The child needs a loving father to provide for him and that is what the court system, the Vikings, and the NFL should encourage and require. However, following the court case he ought to be suspending for several games minimum for violation of personal conduct. And if the court determines that he is acquitted the nfl should still suspend him for conduct unbecoming of a representative of the league.
    Lastly, Irsay was just a drug addict harming nobody but himself. Who cares if that billionaire wants to risk his own death on his own time other than his family

  87. Please can we move on to football? These abusers should be sat down, and wait for their turn to return.
    They don’t deserve to be on the field, this is getting ridiculous because the people concerned think they are so special. Ray Rice appealing, for what???? You beat up the girlfriend/wife please, go and get a job for a year, and then hope someone picks you up. All the other loosers do the same thing.

  88. Let me get this straight:

    1. He has not been deemed guilty by a jury at this stage.
    2. He has not been suspended by the NFL.
    3. He has admitted to going too far.
    4. So, he shouldn’t be allowed to work?????

    Let the guy work to rehab his life.

    Seems like he is already trying to do so, but those throwing stones have NEVER made bad choices???

    Judge not,lest ye be judged!!!!!

  89. Where is the line drawn.
    Does the child have to go to an ER ?
    A trauma unit ?
    Hospital stay of ? One week two , three
    Or the morgue ? Where do you draw the line……..

    AP is a scumbag ……I believe in 2nd chances but not after one week

  90. How can you deactivate him, get your ass handed to you by the Patriots, and then activate him while claiming due process? If due process was actually owed, (which it is not) was due process not owed to him before the Patriots dominated you? Spineless organization and a shame to the NFL.

  91. That’s why they were called ” THE PURPLE PEOPLE EATERS”. They beat them til they are purple and devour their young.

  92. Its funny, we fans complain about the NFL being in players business and punishing them before they had a chance to go to court, but then this happens and because you all believe he is guilty it is ok to punish him right away without process. At this point AP is innocent until the courts decide otherwise and the NFL should not punish him until the courts have done their punishment. Once the courts decide the outcome then the wolves should be released onto AP and justice will be done.

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