With the NFL shackled by its own inner problems, Adrian Peterson seems to be walking away quite easily after being indicted by a jury for hitting one of his sons with a stick. Allegations of an older accusation of hitting another child has also been brought to everyone’s attention, yet the Minnesota Vikings, for the meantime, are allowing Peterson to play.
According to Peterson’s lawyer, the allegation of another investigation into Adrian Peterson is simply not true. This is not a new allegation, it’s one that is unsubstantiated and was shopped around to authorities in two states over a year ago and nothing came of it. An adult witness adamantly insists Adrian did nothing inappropriate with his son. There is no ongoing or new investigation.
Peterson himself released a statement, trying to address the current situation. While some thought he did a good job of clarifying things, there doesn’t seem to be any kind of admission of guilt or sensing that he did anything wrong.
My attorney has asked me not to discuss the facts of my pending case. I hope you can respect that request and help me honor it. I very much want the public to hear from me but I understand that it is not appropriate to talk about the facts in detail at this time. Nevertheless, I want everyone to understand how sorry I feel about the hurt I have brought to my child.
I never wanted to be a distraction to the Vikings organization, the Minnesota community or to my teammates. I never imagined being in a position where the world is judging my parenting skills or calling me a child abuser because of the discipline I administered to my son.
I voluntarily appeared before the grand jury several weeks ago to answer any and all questions they had. Before my grand jury appearance, I was interviewed by two different police agencies without an attorney. In each of these interviews I have said the same thing, and that is that I never ever intended to harm my son. I will say the same thing once I have my day in court.
I have to live with the fact that when I disciplined my son the way I was disciplined as a child, I caused an injury that I never intended or thought would happen. I know that many people disagree with the way I disciplined my child. I also understand after meeting with a psychologist that there are other alternative ways of disciplining a child that may be more appropriate.
I have learned a lot and have had to reevaluate how I discipline my son going forward. But deep in my heart I have always believed I could have been one of those kids that was lost in the streets without the discipline instilled in me by my parents and other relatives. I have always believed that the way my parents disciplined me has a great deal to do with the success I have enjoyed as a man. I love my son and I will continue to become a better parent and learn from any mistakes I ever make.
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. 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.
Not an apology. It begins as one, but then he backtracks, and pretty much states that he simply did what he thought was right. But that doesn’t make his actions off the field, any of them, justified. There’s a difference between discipline and violence, and what Peterson did, no matter how hard he tries to justify himself, is beyond the point of parental discipline. It’s gotten out of hand, and it seems to be not just one, isolated incident.
For now, the Vikings have reinstated Peterson, despite knowing about the other accusation. However, they’ve already lost one sponsor, and money is the most powerful thing in the NFL. The biggest reason for everything and also the greatest deterrent. Hoping this will blow other seems like a less likely option with every passing minute, and the decision to play him because they don’t want to get involved in the judgement of what counts for discipline and what is child abuse might backfire on them just like the Ray Rice case did for the NFL.