More trouble for the NFL: Adrian Peterson went WAY too far disciplining his four-year-old son and is being taken to court in Houston for child abuse that occurred earlier this year.
According to documents, the well-known Vikings running back hit the child with a tree branch, causing bleeding and bruising to his back, legs, scrotum, hands and buttocks because he “pushed another one of Peterson’s children off of a motorbike video game.”
As a firm believer is not beating the shit out of children, I find this story especially disturbing. For one, my Mom never instilled harsher punishment than a time-out, a stern talking to, chores or revoking of privileges.
I’ve never felt right telling other people not to spank their kids, but this kind of punishment is absolutely unacceptable and one of the many reasons I would never feel right even attempting physical discipline.
Here’s why… Adrian Peterson’s lawyer has released a statement saying:
It is important to remember that Adrian never intended to harm his son and deeply regrets the unintentional injury.
So apparently, once his son was screaming and/or crying and putting his hands up to defend himself, Peterson realized that he might have gone a little overboard?
Peterson’s lawyer used the excuse that this had been done to Peterson himself as a child, and, judging by Peterson’s texts and words to the police, this isn’t the first time he’s badly hurt one of his children during a disciplining session.
Adrian is a loving father who used his judgment as a parent to discipline his son. He used the same kind of discipline with his child that he experienced as a child growing up in
Never has a person grown up thinking “Wow, I really enjoyed having my ass handed to me back in
the day by my dad/mom,” no, but they believe this technique “works,” and it does, because fear and anger tend to overwhelm love and patience every time.
You don’t see bosses beating employees for not turning in reports on time and you definitely don’t see husbands getting sympathy for beating their wives, so why the f*ck is this country so “on the fence” about this?
It’s a control issue. It’s about having power over a weaker person, but it isn’t the right way to “teach” anything. There’s a reason this method was banned in schools.
Break the cycle, give him jail time. Rant over.