Adrian Peterson: Pro Football Star Charged for Spanking One of His Sons

Adrian Peterson
Adrian Peterson, a pro football player for the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings, was released on bond from jail in Houston, Texas early Saturday morning after turning himself in. The football running back is being charged with spanking one of his sons. The arrest came as a surprise to Peterson’s team mates, who said 29 year-old Peterson is a “very loving father.”

Recently, Montgomery County Court officials decided to formally press charges against Peterson after deliberating over evidence from allegations of child abuse that were made against Peterson last May. District Attorney Brett Ligon reported the grand jury assigned to the case decided the type of physical punishment used by Peterson to discipline his four year-old son in May was too harsh.

Ligon made a strong argument by stating the community would consider physical punishment towards a child as unreasonable force. Although Peterson openly admitted to “whooping” his son with a switch, the grand jury agreed with Ligon and charged him with reckless injury to a child.

Since pro-football player Peterson was charged with spanking one of his sons, the child abuse allegation has sparked worldwide controversy. This is mainly because there are millions of individuals who believe spanking a child is not wrong. However, the United States laws are very blunt when it comes to child abuse accusations and those found guilty of child abuse face lengthy prison sentences.

Because child abuse laws are so aggressive, if anyone makes up a story or falsely accuses someone of child abuse, they could be charged and prosecuted with a crime as well. An accusation of child abuse would cause a Child Protection agent to investigate the issue and evaluate the child to determine if there are any signs of abuse. Unfortunately for Peterson, the law will always protect the child in these situations.

As a result of the charges and arrest, the Vikings have benched Peterson and he will not play on Sunday against the New England Patriots. Many critics believe that Peterson’s absence from tomorrow’s game might negatively affect the team’s overall performance, since Peterson is considered the Viking’s best quarterback and was the NFL’s MVP in 2012.

According to his Defense Attorney Rusty Hardin, Peterson loves his son dearly and would never harm him in any way. Peterson will fully adhere to legal decisions made by the court, but does not feel he did anything wrong by disciplining his child, said Hardin.

Many of the Minnesota Vikings players, along with others, got on twitter to express their reactions to Peterson’s indictment. Some of them even mentioned they remembered growing up as a child and receiving the same sort of physical punishment more commonly called “a whooping” or “a spanking.”

Brian McCarthy, the spokesperson for the NFL said the national league takes any forms of immoral behavior very seriously. McCarthy also stressed the importance of players abiding by their NFL contracts, which includes a morality code.

Peterson has been taken out of this Sunday’s game against the Patriots because of allegations of child abuse. Unfortunately, mainstream culture frowns on anyone accused of harming a minor. Because Peterson openly admitted to spanking one of his sons, it is not yet determined if he will get benched in next week’s game against the New Orleans Saints as well. That game will take place on Sunday, September 21, 2014.

Commentary By Kimakra Nealy

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10 Responses to "Adrian Peterson: Pro Football Star Charged for Spanking One of His Sons"

  1. Anna Brown   September 17, 2014 at 11:22 am

    A felony charge for spanking…WOW! It is amazing how ridiculous this country is! If more parents discipline their children we would be forced to deal with the violence and disrespect we see today. My friends and I all received the exact same type of punishment growing up; which was what our parents received. Yet, we knew the spankings were the result of our poor behavior, and that we were loved. We were not terrified of our parents, and we learned how to be have appropriately at home and as a member of society.

    Sorry I was rushing to put the comment up before work. I meant to say that we would not be forced to deal with the violence and disrespect we see today. I also meant to say we learned how to behave appropriately at home, and as a member of society.

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  2. Anna Brown   September 17, 2014 at 11:15 am

    A felony charge for spanking…WOW! It is amazing how ridiculous this country is! If more parents discipline their children we would be forced to deal with the violence and disrespect we see today. My friends and I all received the exact same type of punishment growing up; which was what our parents received. Yet, we knew the spankings were the result of our poor behavior, and that we were loved. We were not terrified of our parents, and we learned how to be have appropriately at home and as a member of society.

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  3. melissa   September 17, 2014 at 6:20 am

    Where is CPS when the real child abuse happens???? This is a waste of time. ..go get the real child abusers!!

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  4. Kimakra Nealy   September 15, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    No absolutely not. However, I was referring to Peterson being accused and in the middle of a legal process, of course. In America, the laws say you are innocent until proven otherwise.

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  5. Kimakra Nealy   September 15, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    Correction: (…Viking’s best [quarterback] is incorrect. The statement should read […running back].) Thank you.

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  6. carol vargas   September 15, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    I dont believe in coporal punishment, i think it is wrong.

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  7. Sara   September 15, 2014 at 11:58 am

    This article is poorly written. The word spanking is grossly understated! I copied this from a BBC article:

    “the “whooping” – which is how Mr Peterson allegedly referred to the incident during a police interview – resulted in cuts and bruises to the boy’s back, buttocks, legs and scrotum.”

    Hitting a four year old with a stick makes you a B****, imo. He deserves what he’s getting! Child abuse has to be BAD to raise eyebrows in Texas, just saying.

    P.S. Pascy you sound like a nut.

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  8. Pascy Moore   September 15, 2014 at 9:25 am

    If he spanked his son is not an abuse . America , you have to wake up. People are stopping others ro discipline their children when they are wrong. The Bible mentions the discipline which is no going to kill our children but making them be sober and responsible. The American law is standing behind this law against disciplining our kids, is the same law going to help when the same kid turn out to be a gangster or killer? No! We are the one who will be dealing with our burden when the law is filling his pocket with other matters. Bring back the Bible in schools so kids will learn how to respect and listen to parents as required is they don’t want to be punish.
    This country needs a chance of mentality and move on in Goodly way since what is wrong is right and the right is wrong. Where are we ending up America.

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  9. Twana   September 15, 2014 at 6:48 am

    Was it a beating or a spanking? There is a difference i know i have had both! I am not a vikings fan but I do believe in spanking sometimes it did not kill me, mess my mind up ,.or any of that people talk about .Yes if it is taken out of control it can but some kids don’t listen to nothing else but .I just had to speak out what I am thinking if people would stop letting others correct their children there wouldn’t be as many youth out here doing things they shouldn’t.

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  10. Persephone   September 15, 2014 at 6:21 am

    “Unfortunately, mainstream culture frowns on anyone accused of harming a minor.” Are you saying mainstream culture should smile upon anyone accused of harming a minor?

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