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Phil Mushnick rips Adrian Peterson’s character in possibly worst column ever

Phil MushnickPhil Mushnick has a reputation for being a pot-stirring columnist, but he hit a new low on Sunday after ripping Adrian Peterson’s character and blaming the running back for allowing his 2-year-old son to be beaten to death.

In a column for the New York Post, Mushnick tried to draw a connection between Peterson and guys like Tiger Woods and Lance Armstrong. Mushnick argued that we have allowed Peterson’s accomplishments on the field to color our perception of his character off the field, much like we did with Tiger and Lance. What evidence did he use? A reckless driving incident and incident at a nightclub where the charges against Peterson for resisting arrest were dropped.

But Peterson’s biggest offense, in Mushnick’s eyes, was playing in the Minnesota Vikings’ game on Sunday, two days after his 2-year-old son died after being beaten.

Here’s what Mushnick wrote:

Still, I’m stuck with what I’ve got. And it’s sickening the NFL’s latest MVP, hours after his son died — allegedly murdered — declared he was “ready to roll,” ready to play football.

Me? I’d be fighting for breath, my knees weak with grief, demanding to know why, who, how. Then, I suspect, I’d seethe with rage, swearing retribution. I even think I’d take off a day or two from work. Maybe a week.

Let’s put aside how awful it is to judge someone for the way they react to such a tragedy. Let’s put aside it’s therapeutic for some athletes to play alongside their teammates following a tragedy. If you thought that argument was bad, Mushnick’s column got even worse.

[Related: Adrian Peterson explains decision to play against Panthers]

The worst part of Mushnick’s column was when he essentially blamed Peterson for the young boy’s death. According to Mushnick, Peterson didn’t provide the child with a suitable home environment.

With his resources, how could Peterson, the NFL’s MVP, have allowed his son to remain in such an environment? Did he not know, or not care? Or not care to know? Or not know to care?

Peterson couldn’t have provided his son a better life, a longer life?

Money can’t buy love, but having signed a $96 million deal, he could not have provided his child — apparently his second from a “baby mama” — a safe home?

Adrian PetersonWell, gee whiz, let me help you out there since you’re not exactly Mr. Current Affairs, Mushnick. If you actually followed the news, you might understand that Peterson didn’t provide a better home for the young boy because he only recently found out he was the boy’s father. The mother of the child thought her ex-boyfriend was the father, but when that paternity test came up negative, she went to Peterson. And Peterson reportedly reacted well, asked how he could help, and even made plans to see the child.

Maybe before you start accusing people of having terrible character and saying the young boy never had a shot in life, you might actually want to do some research to learn about the story so you don’t tear someone apart without knowing the circumstances.

It’s truly amazing that The Post published that garbage.

Also see: Adrian Peterson has 7 kids by multiple women


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  • spanky520

    u expect Peterson to be stricken with grief to sumone he has no attachment with.he just found out a couple weeks ago the kid was his & hasn’t even met him.dont be questioning sumones character 4 no reason coward

  • johng_3

    That article just pissed me off. When you write an professional article and use false information, it just makes you look so ignorant

  • Jerry Storako

    I agree with the author. I was just telling a friend today, after hearing he was going to play, that if it was me I would not be able to even stand. The part that gets me is the Adrian is a very rich man and why does he not do background checks on those that are going to be associating with his family. It’s a crime and tragedy that never should have happened. Shame on you Mr. P.

  • Napps126

    He recently found out the kid was his. If you read the column above, you would’ve notice that it was stated. You might want to take your statement about him back.

  • SherylSimpson

    this columnist is just one of those guys no one knows so he writes outrageous crap so he will get noticed. a fine example of much of what is wrong with the modern media…

  • SamR

    Tons of pageviews? Check.
    Racial dogwhistle w/ enough plausible deniability to say its not? Check.

    I’m not amazed the New York Post published that piece. If anything, it seems like a model piece for them.

  • Whitney Moore

    Certain people just want to infect the world with negative views of those they don’t know. I don’t know Phil but I will say this, even if Peterson had an emotional connection not everyone grieves the same. So it might have been therapeutic to play and keep his mind off of things. Noone knows, but I hope Peterson finds peace.

  • Mixxstylez

    Phil Mushnick is a prime example of the backdrop racism that is still very much alive and thriving. These bastards are getting more and more bold as these days go on. And the people that have the power to prevent this kind of crap are not in the favor of minorities. Black people, my people. Wake up. We all so busy livin the “Kings Dream”, we forgot how to fight like Malcom. They don’t want us here. They will do whatever it takes to keep us from learning the truth. Thankfully there’s idiots like Phil that write the real feelings of these racist cowards. Scared of what they don’t understand, so they kill it. Stand up! Make these other races see what they turn their privileged eye away from. Rise up!

  • Sassygirl

    How come this POS Phil Mushnick, isn’t putting any blame on the mother? She’s the one who didn’t know who her baby daddy was. She had convinced another man he was the father until he demanded a DNA test be taken. Mushnick must have excused her behavior, since she’s a “Becky”.

  • mike2000917

    You jock sniffing robots have gone nuts. This Mushnik guy spoke the truth about Peterson and all of the sudden it’s racism. Predictable and tiresome. Peterson is not a bad guy but it is the media that played him as a victim here but clearly he could not have given a hoot less about this unfortunate off spring.

  • Clay

    REAL men don’t father kids out of wedlock. And if they do, they own up and take responsibility. This 2 year old kid never stood a chance. THIS is the epitome of the key problem in America today – and especially among the black community: kids grown up, with no father present in their lives. This is just 1 of many. This kid is just a statistic…..why does the media even raise a stink about this one insignificant life??? Because of A.P. I wonder if A.P. is going to do anything different to provide for his other illegitimate kid……

  • https://me.yahoo.com/a/fTf4puBojPoRFd1hx53r.S0rThDtPiH6vOaD#b5291 Jack

    Spanky – if you cannot understand why a man with 5 to 9 unwed children deserves scorn – then you beyond help.

  • https://me.yahoo.com/a/fTf4puBojPoRFd1hx53r.S0rThDtPiH6vOaD#b5291 Jack

    Overpaid, overpampered, arrogant and uncaring. What else can we hope for in an NFL player.

  • https://me.yahoo.com/a/fTf4puBojPoRFd1hx53r.S0rThDtPiH6vOaD#b5291 Jack

    Napps – that is this kid. there are somewhere between 4 and 7 more. get it???

  • Dung Imso Eel

    I not be too sure who a Larry Brown is or other commenting peoples are. But all to scumbags are they as is an Adrian Peterson pig dog with many, many other childrens – 7 at last counting of baby momma’s or baby whores as cases may be. Wonderful cultures in America!

  • https://me.yahoo.com/a/fTf4puBojPoRFd1hx53r.S0rThDtPiH6vOaD#b5291 Jack

    Sassy – that is an excellent point. However we do have to give her credit that she kept and cared for the child. Maybe not as well as she could but she did not abandon him like his Dad did. (should not have used capital D on dad for Petersen)

  • Throwback

    It’s hard to read but here it goes…screwing around with multiple partners cannot lead to anything good. Children growing up without fathers cannot lead to anything good.

  • Tiberius Jeter

    Amen bro’, if all men had 7 children running around without a dad, civilization, invention and security world would utterly collapse

  • Curly Bill

    “Well, gee whiz, let me help you out there since you’re not exactly Mr. Current Affairs, Mushnick. If you actually followed the news, you might understand that Peterson didn’t provide a better home for the young boy because he only recently found out he was the boy’s father. The mother of the child thought her ex-boyfriend was the father, but when that paternity test came up negative, she went to Peterson. And Peterson reportedly reacted well, asked how he could help, and even made plans to see the child.”
    Oh. Thanks for clarifying. That makes everything all better.

  • Curly Bill

    But the democrats would be all set.

  • Curly Bill

    So ignorant that you say things like “an professional.”

  • Curly Bill

    Yeah. That makes everything just fine.

  • Curly Bill

    Yeah. Those dirtbags are always putting down guys just for having 7 illegitimate children

  • Curly Bill

    Perhaps he can find it by taking care of the other 6.

  • Curly Bill

    Is having 7 illegitimate children by multiple women “outrageous crap,” or just writing about it?

  • SherylSimpson

    the fact that you, he or anyone thinks it’s their business is outrageous crap. the fact that the writer is operating on limited knowledge and maximum judgement strips him of any credibility. the fact his words are given any credence is outrageous crap. and the fact that you and you kind want to make everything an ignorance-fueled political statement…? not so outrageous, just crap.

  • Sassygirl

    His biological father didn’t abandon him. You can’t abandon someone you didn’t know about. The blame lies with the mother. She had over two years to tell AP, he was the father. She chose not to. Now she has to suffer the consequences of her actions.

  • Sassygirl

    REAL women KNOW WHO fathered there children. REAL women don’t lead another man for two years, letting him think he’s the father of that child.

  • spanky520

    don’t matter how many kids he has as long as there taking care of

  • spanky520

    yea she really cared for & didn’t abandon the kid.where was she when the kid was being beat to death?

  • spanky520

    yea clearly you cant give a hoot about a kid you only have known about for a month.idiot! you expect him to have feelings for sumone he’s never met.i bet you think he should care about you too huh

  • Michael D Dirmeier

    7 children by 5 women isn’t enough for you to figure out that Adrian Peterson is scum? What would it take for you to figure that out?