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Friday, September 12, 2014

And Now: Child Abuse

NFL superstar running back Adrian Peterson indicted on child abuse and negligence.  And now arrested (mug shot left) after laughing and joking at practice all day.  He's now been de-activated for Sunday's game.  TMZ was first to report this detail:  "Sources connected to Peterson tell us (that) the alleged victim is a male child from Minnesota who was visiting (Peterson) back in May at the running back's Texas home. We're told the child returned home to his mother in Minnesota who noticed injuries and took the child to a doctor. A short time later, the doctor contacted authorities in Texas to report Peterson."

Deadspin with more and claim that son was beaten with "a switch" (that's old school, use of a branch from a tree). UPDATE from NYT.

And these sickening details of injuries and Peterson's texts to mom from CBS in Houston.  It's as open and shut as Ray Rice with no video needed. Kid may have also been hit with an extension cord.
The beating allegedly resulted in numerous injuries to the child, including cuts and bruises to the child’s back, buttocks, ankles, legs and scrotum, along with defensive wounds to the child’s hands. Peterson then texted the boy’s mother, saying that one wound in particular would make her “mad at me about his leg. I got kinda good wit the tail end of the switch.”
Peterson also allegedly said via text message to the child’s mother that he “felt bad after the fact when I notice the switch was wrapping around hitting I (sic) thigh” and also acknowledged the injury to the child’s scrotum in a text message, saying, “Got him in nuts once I noticed. But I felt so bad, n I’m all tearing that butt up when needed! I start putting them in timeout. N save the whooping for needed memories!”...
Peterson estimated he “swatted” his son “10 to 15” times, but he’s not sure because he doesn’t “ever count how many pops I give my kids.”


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Anonymous said...

Isn't gettin' "kinda good wit the tail end of the switch" what America does best? From raising our kids to conducting foreign policy, too many parents, law enforcers, and national leaders all seem to sing the same tune.

Anonymous said...

Countless times in my life have I heard black people talk about the "whoopins" and "slap upside the head" they either got as kids or gave as parents. Black comedians have joked about the beatings they took as kids. Now everyone acts all shocked because a black athlete has done the same? Do we dare say it needs to be addressed as a cultural issue, or will those who cry "racism" whenever you identify any behavior in that community that needs improvement come out swinging?

Anonymous said...

I suppose it is specifically 'child abuse' as Greg rightly says. But in a broader sense it's just another form of domestic violence, and something, like racism, that is passed on by our parents.

It's a problem that transcends race, at least in the white southern community I come from. My Grandmother would take us out in the backyard and make us choose which switch she would use. Choose too small, many more licks.

She would use that stick on the spot so all the neighbors could see we were 'well raised'.

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