Adrian Peterson hopes counseling helps his reinstatement bid

AP

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson isn’t just trying to get back into the NFL. He’s trying to maintain custody of a son in Minnesota, and is going to counseling in an effort to do so.

According to Brian Murphy of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Peterson is enrolled in four months of psychological counseling and parenting supervision, according to juvenile court records.

After Peterson was indicted on child abuse charges in Texas, Hennepin County officials asked Child Protective Services to take a look at the case of the boy, who lives with his mother in Minnesota.

Peterson gets supervised visits with his son, and is banned from using corporal punishment (though common sense ought to keep him from that). He’s also consented to parenting evaluations from a psychologist and social workers.

“The conditions in that petition are being met,” said Chuck Laszewski, spokesman for the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office.

“He is doing what he’s supposed to do, and we’re hopeful once that has been completed he will be able to go back to playing,” Peterson’s attorney Emily Cooper said.

That won’t hurt Peterson’s effort to be reinstated by the league, sooner rather than later. He’s hoping to be back by March, while the league has set an April 15 date for him to apply for reinstatement.

51 responses to “Adrian Peterson hopes counseling helps his reinstatement bid

  1. One question …..

    How do you convince someone not to beat the crap out of their kid?

    If they had any moral capacity, they wouldn’t have done it in the first place.

  2. Shouldn’t it be “Adrian Peterson Hopes Counseling Helps Him be a Better Person and Parent”?

  3. I’m as big a vike fan as anyone, but AD has shown zero remorse for this and is only now taking steps like this and saying the things that he is saying because if he doesn’t, he knows he won’t be back in the NFL anytime soon. I have zero faith that he actually knows what he has done is wrong, and I for one, would be perfectly fine if he never suited up in purple again. And certainly not for $12.75M. Ridiculous.

  4. I hope he comes back, I hope the Vikings retain his services for a cool $15 million, nothing like handcuffing a team’s salary cap for a RB over 30. They managed to finish in last place with him, in third place without him, ya, I would say he’s important part of the team.

  5. I think every story on this topic should include the information that Adrian stuffed leaves into a 4-year old boy’s mouth and then whipped him bloody with a switch. I think it important not to forget that.

  6. What makes this story and Peterson even more disturbing is that he had a 2 year old son who was beaten to death by the boyfriend of the mother after she and Peterson broke up. Your 2 year old child is beaten to death and you do what you did to another of your children? This cretin deserves jail and I hope forfeits his right to earn millions from football.

  7. Well I hope he has his priorities straight and he’s not just doing the counseling to get reinstated as that would be a clear sign he doesn’t get it, which sadly I feel is the case no matter what happens. His son and his parenting skills or lack thereof should be the only concern while football should be a distant second.

    Secondly, I’m getting tired of having to hear people bash Goodell every time AP is mentioned. News flash for you guys, Roger is not the one who be beat his child. One thing happened long before a lot of the missteps the NFL took during this process. And while we’re at it, Roger didn’t beat Ray’s wife either.

  8. In the midst of this tragic story, I think we all need to pause and remember that the Packers choked away a 12-point lead in the last 3 minutes of the NFC Championship game.

  9. The sexual abuse of children by beating their genitals with a tree branch until they bleed is a very serious matter. All the more when it is a small 4 year old and the abuser blocks the child’s airway with leaves.

    Once a monster criminal has abused innocent children this way it is extremely difficult to train them to act within the moral limits of a decent civilized society. That’s why visits to his broken home child are court supervised.

    Mental health treatment would be more effective in getting his mind right if it was done during prison time.

    Let us hope that Adrian Peterson’s mental illness can some day be cured within societal limits so that he could possibly be allowed to attend NFL events.

  10. Is there anything counseling can’t fix? Get a DUI, you need counseling. You’ve got problems with your marriage, get counseling. You’re a stupid parent and beat your kids, you need counseling. Let me inform you all, counseling is the biggest scam this country ever came up with. Counseling does not work, all about $$$$$!

  11. In the midst of this tragic story, I think we all need to pause and remember that Adrian Peterson is still a person and deserves the same level of fair play any of us would desire and expect. His kid will survive and he will learn not to discipline his kids so severely in the future.

    Having said that, he probably will not be with Minnesota next season.

  12. It can be hard for anyone else to make the narcissist change his selfish ways, not unless he attains awareness himself. He is not likely to want to work on his issues since he perceives that he is not at fault. Sadly, a narcissist is very good with pushing blame to the people around while even playing the victim. Sounds like he fits right back on that most arrested dysfunctional team.

  13. First step, taking his medicine and getting the counseling he needs. Second step, getting back on the field. Third step, scoring a touchdown against the Pack to win a game after McCarthy chickens out and punts on 4th and 1.

  14. The Viking have had a 4:1 ratio of articles relating to their transgressions ranging from owner corruption, bigotry, ped’s, abuse, drugs & alcohol, suspensions (all this in past year) vs. actual positive football related references. What a stain on the league specially the NFC North.

  15. The majority of the comments so far are from the pathetic queen bay trolls. The real sick ones like to talk about a child’s testicles. But lets be clear on some things. They could not care less about what happened to the 4 year old.They want AD out of Minnesota, they want to troll every vikings story. They want to be absurd and say things like no trophies, the vikings will NEVER win a super bowl. One would think with that horrific collapse it might bring them down a notch or two. Not the fudge packer cult. The green and Mustard yellow are strong even if their team is weak. Did Clay make it off the sideline yet? Those 6 tackles wore him out.

  16. sonofad says: Feb 10, 2015 4:27 PM

    Viking fans sure want their favorite child beater back
    ——————————

    If AD played for the packers he would have had to sit 2 games. And when he returned all the queen bay fans would have cheered. Stop kidding yourselves now.

  17. It’s so sad to see the large number of people on this site who condone and even encourage child abuse. As someone who helps abused children heal and sees the pain they endure, it pains me very much to see the level of minimization and denial so many people have for this barbaric form of parenting. Let me be clear, if you hit your child (even in accordance to law) you are hurting your child. There are so many other ways to parent that don’t causing suffering, shame, and resentment. A much more effective way to parent is to form trusting relationships with your children built on honesty and safety. Parenting by fear is much less effective, actually leading to an increase in undesired behaviors.

  18. I don’t care how he disciplines his kids, because what Adrian Peterson does beat repeatedly is the green bay packer defense and if Zimmer can hold Rodgers down as he’s shown by making green bay punt more in two game then during any other stretch of the season then bring #28 back in purple and lets beat the packers into the frozen tundra of lambeau and shut their fans up for good.

  19. Packer Trolls….

    DISCOUNT DOUBLE CHOKE! BAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

    2 ACTIVE PLAYERS ARE DRUG TRAFFICKERS!!!!!!

    BE PROUD PACKER FANS!!!!!!

    TRULY CLASSLESS LOSER ORGANIZATION AND DRUNK STATE!!

    BAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!

  20. This is simply unbelievable. To make this a “Vikings thing” vs a “Packers thing” and vice versa when the issue is so serious. A 2 year old son of Peterson’s was beaten to death and then this crud turns around and severely beats another of his kids is just reprehensible. Most of the comments here I hope were posted by 8 or 9 year olds, because it certainly sounds that way given the seriousness of this issue. And if you were one of the ones who posted, and are above the age of 9, I suggest and hope you get help with YOUR issues.

  21. Vikings missed this guy last year, coulda got a few more wins to put us over .500. he’ll be back in Viking Purple come summer/fall, he’s gonna go for 2,000yds … again

  22. Frazier28/7 says:
    Feb 10, 2015 5:37 PM
    I don’t care how he disciplines his kids, because what Adrian Peterson does beat repeatedly is the green bay packer defense and if Zimmer can hold Rodgers down as he’s shown by making green bay punt more in two game then during any other stretch of the season then bring #28 back in purple and lets beat the packers into the frozen tundra of lambeau and shut their fans up for good.
    /////////////////////////////////////////////////////

    Spoken by someone that apparently knows how it feels to be “owned.” Good job.

  23. I’m as big a vike fan as anyone, but AD has shown zero remorse for this and is only now taking steps like this and saying the things that he is saying because if he doesn’t, he knows he won’t be back in the NFL anytime soon. I have zero faith that he actually knows what he has done is wrong, and I for one, would be perfectly fine if he never suited up in purple again. And certainly not for $12.75M. Ridiculous.

    And you don’t know what you’re talking about and you’re a fake Vikings fan bc true fans will support a great player like AP, as long as he didn’t rape or murder any body. And he will be back coming March or April for sure.

  24. Fortunately, he still lives in Wisconsin where I don’t think they make people like him register.

  25. dcviking says:

    Did Chmura ever get counseling?
    ================
    Thank you for asking, two very big differences, whatever Chmura did or didn’t do was after he was finished playing for the Packers. For all the Viking fans complaining about due process should remember that Chmura faced a trial and the verdict was “not guilty”

    Peterson was and will very likely still be a Viking and Peterson was found guilty in a court of law.

    See the differences?

  26. In Teddy We Trust says:
    Feb 10, 2015 3:04 PM

    In the midst of this tragic story, I think we all need to pause and remember that the Packers choked away a 12-point lead in the last 3 minutes of the NFC Championship game.
    ==================================
    And while we’re at it, let’s remember the Vikings rarely get a chance to be in an NFC Championship game. And when they do, they toss an interception or miss a field goal to blow it. They haven’t seen a Super Bowl (except on TV) in 37 years. And when they played in 4 of them, they blew every opportunity. The Packers choke job, while awful, doesn’t match the futility of the Minnesota Vikings.

  27. Chmura was still a member of the Packers when his incident occurred.

    But, it’s OK — he was not guilty (OJ was also not guilty), therefore, welcome to the Packers Hall Of Fame.

  28. frank booth says:

    The Packers choke job, while awful, doesn’t match the futility of the Minnesota Vikings.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Futility.

    That would be playing 25 years in the NFL without scoring a single TD in the playoffs of a full regulation season. They scored 1 FG…

    During that same time span, the Vikings played in 29 playoff and scored 527 points.

    In 17 of those 25 seasons, the Packers failed to have a winning record.

  29. gtodriver says:
    Feb 11, 2015 8:08 AM

    frank booth says:

    The Packers choke job, while awful, doesn’t match the futility of the Minnesota Vikings.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Futility.

    That would be playing 25 years in the NFL without scoring a single TD in the playoffs of a full regulation season. They scored 1 FG…

    During that same time span, the Vikings played in 29 playoff and scored 527 points.

    In 17 of those 25 seasons, the Packers failed to have a winning record.
    ==================================
    No doubt. But the Packers bounced back and won Super Bowls in ’96 and ’10 plus appeared in another. Even the Bears won in ’85 plus another appearance in 2006. The Packers and the Bears are historically significant teams in the formation and growth of the NFL. The Vikings are just a beneficiary of the foundations built by the Bears, Packers, Giants and other legendary teams. Vikings fans have a severe inferiority complex and it really comes out on these boards.

  30. I don’t know if I’d call the recent run by the packers as ‘owning’ the vikings when you take out 2-3 blowouts by the packers against ponder led teams there were a lot of close score games that could’ve gone either way… and up until recently the series was split almost dead even after 40+ years of playing each other.

    but, on the bright side at least my team isn’t owned by a bunch of morons most people would’nt trust with a potato gun.

  31. Frank

    I lived in Wisconsin for over 20 years. If ever there was a fan base with an inferiority complex, it is the fans of the Packers.

    In Wisconsin, people think football is a life or death issue because it is all they have to cling to.

    Fans of other teams aren’t as insecure.

  32. I’ve lived in Illinois for most of my life, spent a lot of time in Wisconsin, lived and went to college in Minnesota, and spend about every other week in Minnesota now. I’ve been to Lambeau many times. Packer fans are a different breed for sure, and football is huge up there, and a win or a loss will influence the general mood in the area, especially Green Bay. But from the inferiority standpoint, that falls on Vikings fans, at least from what I’ve seen. That doesn’t mean every MN fan is like that.

  33. And even though I give Vikings fans crap, I really like the Minneapolis area and I think the people are great, and I married a Minnesota girl and it’s a great place to live. Every fan base has their idiots (we have plenty here in Chicago). I speak pretty harshly about the Vikings, but most of it is just hyperbole. The NFC North is a great division with spirited rivalries. I don’t think there is a better division with a three-way rivalry (Bears, Packers, Vikings), save maybe the NFC East.

    I shouldn’t knock the Vikings history, because they have their place, especially those great teams of the 70’s, who lost against some really good teams in Super Bowls (but they should have at least beaten the Chiefs).

    As for Peterson, he can certainly change. Even if he is going to counseling just to make it look good initially, it doesn’t mean that he’ll catch on and make some changes in his life so he doesn’t repeat the same mistakes. You would hope that he never beats his kids again because he doesn’t want to and understands the impact of it, rather than just restraining himself. And he should buy some rubbers.

  34. I was born and raised in Minnesota….Duluth and Minneapolis. I enjoy returning regularly to both areas to visit friends and family. I have lived in Wisconsin for over sixteen years.

    Hands down….people in Wisconsin don’t care what anybody else thinks and people in Minnesota, well, all they care about is what people think.

    That’s the difference. Self confidence versus no confidence. But that describes only the loud-mouth fringe-dwellers…like the trolls on this site. Everyone else is thumbs-up.

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