Trent Williams defends Adrian Peterson: ‘A butt-whooping is a real good deterrent’

Adrian PetersonLike a handful of other NFL players, Washington Redskins defensive tackle Trent Williams does not think Adrian Peterson deserves to be criticized and taken off the football field for the way he disciplines his children. While Williams said he would “never want to see anyone hurt a child,” he defended Peterson during an interview with Doug Gottlieb on Thursday.

“I think it’s unfortunate that a man would take such criticism for the way he disciplined his child,” Williams said, as transcribed by Scott Allen of DC Sports Bog. “To me, I just look at the situation a different way, but you never want to see anybody hurt a child. I’ve been around him and his family plenty of times and that’s definitely not the dad that he is. He’s a great father, very interactive with his kids. I know he’s a stern father as well and doesn’t allow his kids to be disobedient. I was shocked by the accusations that it was child abuse.”

Williams doesn’t seem to fully understand what constitutes child abuse. He made the same argument that Reggie Bush and Captain Munnerlyn made about how they were harshly disciplined by their parents as children and turned out just fine.

“I was a fair-skinned guy, so I always went to my room with a [welt] or a scratch here from the switch, but looking back on it, I wouldn’t want to be raised any other way,” Williams said. “Of course, words can teach you right from wrong, but a butt-whooping is a real good deterrent. I feel like it helped me become the man I am today.”

He then went on to explain how discplining in the south is different from the north, which is a justification we have heard from people like Charles Barkley. While that may be true, it doesn’t make it right for Peterson to leave open cuts and welt marks on his 4-year-old son.

In addition, Williams said you should be able to be a little more physical with a son than a daughter.

“I have a 4-year-old and I know how difficult they can be to deal with,” he said. “But mine is a girl, so of course I wouldn’t whoop a girl the same way I’d whoop a boy. …”

We’re not going to get into a moral debate, because everyone has their own opinions on the subject. But like we said before, these NFL players need to realize that defending someone who was arrested for child abuse is almost always going to look bad. People like Williams and Bush are better off keeping their thoughts private.

Captain Munnerlyn defends Adrian Peterson, doesn’t see the ‘big deal’

Captain-MunnerlynWe know there are a number of players in the NFL who feel Adrian Peterson should be able to discipline his children however he sees fit, but those players would be wise to keep their opinions to themselves. Minnesota Vikings cornerback Captain Munnerlyn couldn’t help himself on Wednesday.

Munnerlyn, who is in his first season with the Vikings, told reporters that he feels Peterson is being treated unfairly.

“I really didn’t see the big deal of it, and people are blowing it out of proportion with all this and all that,” Munneryln said, per Dane Mizutani of The Pioneer Press. “If Adrian wasn’t in the limelight I don’t think this would be coming up at all because you raise your kids how you raise your kids. I think Adrian is a great guy, great dude, great father, great football player, and I just think the way he’s been treated is unfair.”

The main reason Munnerlyn doesn’t think the injuries Peterson allegedly left on his 4-year-old son are a big deal is because Munnerlyn says he was raised the same way.

“Growing up, that was nothing,” he said. “My mom … always whipped me up and things like that. In my culture, that’s how I was raised … and look at me now. I’m in the NFL, and I’m doing great.”

Munnerlyn isn’t the only NFL player to come forward and say he was disciplined the same way, but that doesn’t make it right. Times have changed. Hockey players weren’t required to wear helmets 35 years ago. Does that mean it was a good idea?

Munnerlyn also argued that Peterson should be able to play football because he has not been convicted of anything. What he seemed to overlook is that the Vikings are still paying Peterson while he is on the exempt list. His contract requires the team to pay him, not play him.

H/T Pro Football Talk

Vikings put Adrian Peterson on exempt list

Adrian PetersonThe Minnesota Vikings sent out a statement early Wednesday morning announcing that they have placed Adrian Peterson on the exempt/commissioner’s permission list, meaning the running back will be away from the team until his legal proceedings have been resolved. Yes, that means Peterson will likely be away from the team for a long time.

The Vikings initially said on Monday that Peterson would be welcomed back and preparing to play in Week 3, but many things changed after that. A report emerged later in the day that Peterson was investigated for allegedly beating another one of his sons. Sponsors like Radisson, Castrol and Anheuser-Busch then spoke out about their unhappiness with the league and team’s handling of matters, putting pressure on the Vikings to act. They finally did.

Below is the statement sent by the team:

This has been an ongoing and deliberate process since last Friday’s news. In conversations with the NFL over the last two days, the Vikings advised the League of the team’s decision to revisit the situation regarding Adrian Peterson. In response, the League informed the team of the option to place Adrian on the Exempt/Commissioner’s Permission list, which will require that Adrian remain away from all team activities while allowing him to take care of his personal situation until the legal proceedings are resolved. After giving the situation additional thought, we have decided this is the appropriate course of action for the organization and for Adrian.

We are always focused on trying to make the right decision as an organization. We embrace our role – and the responsibilities that go with it – as a leader in the community, as a business partner and as an organization that can build bridges with our fans and positively impact this great region. We appreciate and value the input we have received from our fans, our partners and the community.

While we were trying to make a balanced decision yesterday, after further reflection we have concluded that this resolution is best for the Vikings and for Adrian. We want to be clear: we have a strong stance regarding the protection and welfare of children, and we want to be sure we get this right. At the same time we want to express our support for Adrian and acknowledge his seven-plus years of outstanding commitment to this organization and this community. Adrian emphasized his desire to avoid further distraction to his teammates and coaches while focusing on his current situation; this resolution accomplishes these objectives as well.

We will support Adrian during this legal and personal process, but we firmly believe and realize this is the right decision. We hope that all of our fans can respect the process that we have gone through to reach this final decision. – Zygi Wilf and Mark Wilf

There was simply too much national focus on Peterson and too much pressure on the team for them not to act. This is something they had to do despite their obvious reluctance. You know they’re not happy about having to do it, which is why they announced the news when most of the country was already in bed. And from the sounds of things, it seems like the NFL “urged” them to do this.

Shortly after the news broke, Peterson posted this message to his Twitter account:

Peterson is due over $12 million next season and will be 30. The reality is that he may never play with the team again.

Adrian Peterson’s foundation goes on hiatus


Adrian Peterson’s charitable organization, the All Day Foundation, announced on Tuesday that it has gone on hiatus.

“Adrian Peterson’s All Day Foundation is on a hiatus as of September 16, 2014,” the website currently reads. “The Foundation will reengage after Adrian, his family, and staff have reflected on how the current situation impacts the direction for Adrian’s philanthropy.”

The All Day Foundation is a group that contributes to several charities including the Special Olympics. The Special Olympics confirmed on Monday that they are severing ties with Peterson, and it would not be a surprise if other organizations did the same.

[Related: Radisson suspends relationship with Vikings because of Adrian Peterson scandal]

Just hours after the Minnesota Vikings announced that Peterson would practice this week and play on Sunday, a report surfaced indicating that AP was being investigated for allegedly injuring another one of his sons. The report stated that the 4-year-old swore at one of his brothers while visiting Peterson last June and that Peterson admitted in a text message to disciplining the boy, who was left with a scar on his forehead.

On Tuesday, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton urged the Vikings to suspend Peterson.

“Whipping a child to the extend of visible wounds, as has been alleged, should not be tolerated in our state,” Dayton said, via The Star Tribune. “Therefore, I believe the team should suspend Mr. Peterson, until the accustaions of child abuse have been resolved by the criminal justice system.”

It seems highly unlikely that Peterson will play against the New Orleans Saints.

Reggie Bush: I will ‘harshly’ discipline my daughter

Reggie-BushReggie Bush came to the defense of Adrian Peterson on Tuesday, and he may have opened himself up to some criticism of his own parenting style in the process.

During an appearance on WFAN’s “Boomer and Carton” show, Bush said that he will not hesitate to “harshly” discipline his daughter if the situation calls for it.

“I was punished the same way,” Bush said. “And I know a lot of my friends and a lot of the guys I played with, they were punished the same way, too.

“I have a 1-year-old daughter, and I discipline her. I definitely will try to — will obviously not leave bruises or anything like that on her. But I definitely will discipline her harshly depending on what the situation is.”

When asked specifically if he would ever use a “switch” to hit his daughter, Bush did not rule it out.

“I would possibly consider it, depending on what she did,” Bush said.

Like it or not, times have changed. Just as Peterson should have known that type of discipline isn’t acceptable in 2014, Bush should know that he is going to open himself up to scrutiny by defending it. When asked if he would hit his daughter with a branch or stick like Peterson allegedly did to his child, Bush backpedaled.

“No, I didn’t say a branch or a stick,” he said. “I said spanking. Spanking is different than a branch or a stick.”

It’s a polarizing debate, and probably one that the Detroit Lions wish Bush would ignore for the time being.

Radisson suspends sponsorship of Minnesota Vikings due to Adrian Peterson situation

Adrian PetersonThe Minnesota Vikings announced on Monday that Adrian Peterson, who was inactive for last weekend’s game against the New England Patriots, will participate in practice this week and play in the team’s next game against the New Orleans Saints.

Peterson was indicted for reckless or negligent injury to a child after allegedly beating his son with a switch and turned himself in to authorities on Saturday.

The Vikings running back issued a statement on Monday regarding the charges he faces. Later in the day, Radisson, a sponsor of the Vikings, issued one of their own.

Here’s the hotel chain’s statement from the press release:

“Radisson takes this matter very seriously particularly in light of our long-standing commitment to the protection of children. We are closely following the situation and effective immediately, Radisson is suspending its limited sponsorship of the Minnesota Vikings while we evaluate the facts and circumstances”

Adrian Peterson was investigated for allegedly injuring another son, who ended up with scar on head

Adrian PetersonAdrian Peterson was investigated for allegedly injuring another one of his sons, according to a new report.

KHOU in Houston reported Monday that Peterson was investigated for allegedly beating one of his 4-year-old sons, who ended up with a scar on his head.

According to the report, the 4-year-old son, who was visiting Peterson last June, cursed at one of his brothers, leading Peterson to discipline him.

When questioned by the boy’s mother over text message, Peterson supposedly said the child got the scar from hitting his head on a car seat. When asked if the boy got a “whoopin” in the car, Peterson answered over text, “yep.” Peterson also supposedly blamed the boy for the scar, saying he wouldn’t have gotten it had he sat still.

No charges were filed, but the mother did file a report with Child Protective Services. TMZ reports that the case went nowhere because it was determined the boy accidentally hit his head on a carseat while Peterson was punishing him.

“The allegation of another investigation into Adrian Peterson is simply not true,” Peterson’s attorney Rusty Hardin said in a statement. “The allegation is more than one year old and authorities took no action. An adult witness admittedly insists Adrian did nothing inappropriate with his son.”

Even though Peterson was cleared, there seems to be an alarming pattern concerning his discipline habits.

Peterson’s legal defense and statement makes it seem like the running back did not feel he was doing anything wrong when he disciplined his other 4-year-old son with a switch that left welts and injuries.

If you’re building a case against Peterson, you would cite the injuries of both sons that allegedly came as a result of Peterson disciplining them. Also recall the quotes the other 4-year-old son gave authorities that support the notion that this is usual behavior for All Day.

According to Sports Radio 610 in Houston’s Nick Wright, this is what the other boy told investigators about Peterson:

[The boy] also said that he had been hit by a belt and that “there are a lot of belts in Daddy’s closet.” He added that Peterson put leaves in his mouth when he was being hit with the switch while his pants were down. The child told his mother that Peterson “likes belts and switches” and “has a whooping room.”

If you’re wondering where all these kids are coming from … Peterson has 7 kids by at least five women. Only six are living after one was allegedly beaten to death.

On Monday, Peterson was reinstated by the Minnesota Vikings after being deactivated for Week 2. The new investigation might lead them to change their mind.