I feel compelled to add to what I posted yesterday about Adrian Peterson’s “discipline” techniques. Somewhere in that post – and it should be just below – I said I thought there was some chance that Peterson was one of those people who might do better, once they knew better. At the time I hadn’t seen the pictures or heard the accounts of the damage inflicted, or heard his son’s utterances about having leaves stuffed in his mouth and about being afraid to tell what happened for fear of it happening again. I had also not heard Adrian Peterson say “I am not a child abuser. I feel bad.”
First off, Adrian, lots of child abusers feel bad. Child abuse isn’t about how you felt. It’s about what you did. What you might have said was, “I am a child abuser. I feel bad and I will do whatever I have to do to become NOT a child abuser, including making a promise to the God I point to before every game that I will never lay a hand, or a weapon, on a child again. Ever.”
Again, I don’t care what the National Football League or the Minnesota Vikings do with Adrian Peterson. I’m sure that down the line they have enough money to pay enough P.R. people to make this look very different than it was. For my money, I’ll never take Adrian on my fantasy football team and I’ll never watch another Minnesota Viking game in which he participates. Believe me, that means dick to the Vikings or to Adrian Peterson but as Gandhi said, “There is so very little we can do and it is so important that we do it.”
Adrian Peterson didn’t “discipline” his child. Adrian Peterson tortured his child, and ESPN and the rest of the mainstream media need to call it by its name. If these exact measures were taken on a kidnapped American or an American prisoner of war, it would be decried as torture. If our government were to take same measures against an “enemy combatant,” they’d go off-shore to do it.
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