Over the weekend, Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings was indicted on a child injury case and the Vikings deactivating him for Sunday’s game. Peterson was somewhat mum on the charges, but tweeted the photo below of a bible verse:
— Adrian Peterson (@AdrianPeterson) September 14, 2014
The shocking photos of Peterson’s son’s injuries that have been floating around the internet, not only show skin that was beaten with a switch, but also cuts, and one injury included a cut to his scrotum. Mind you, the child is only four years old.
Sports Radio 610 in Houston obtained a draft of the police report which says Peterson admitted that he did, in his words, “whoop” one of his children last May while the child was visiting him at his home near Houston.
The punishment happened after Peterson’s son pushed another of Peterson’s children off of a motorbike video game, the report says.
During a Skype session with his mom back in Minnesota, the 4-year-old boy asked if he could tell her something. According to the report, Peterson said, “Go ahead and tell her and show her what happened.”
The boy said he got a whooping with a switch.
When the boy returned to his mother in Eden Prairie, Minn., she took him to a doctor.
The doctor told investigators that the boy had a number of lacerations on his thighs, along with bruise-like marks on his lower back and buttocks and cuts on his hand.
The police report says the doctor described some of the marks as open wounds and termed it “child abuse.” Another examiner agreed, calling the cuts “extensive.”
The report also states the four year-old had been hit with a belt, and that Peterson put leaves in the boy’s mouth while he was being hit with the switch with his pants down. The child told his mother Peterson likes belts and switches and has a whooping room, according to the report.
On social media, there were varying opinions on whether Peterson used excessive abuse and if whooping was an acceptable form of discipline. But either way, what you see in that photo, is nothing short of abuse.
ESPN commentator Cris Carter succinctly summed up how he felt about being whooped as a child, by his mother. “My mom did the best job she could do,” Carter said, noting that he was hit as a child. “My mom was wrong.”
Take a look at the video below:
According to The Associated Press, Montgomery County (Texas) prosecutor Phil Grant says a grand jury backed the child abuse charge against Peterson after it spent several weeks reviewing “lots of evidence.”
Grant said Saturday that parents are entitled to discipline their children, but that grand jury members felt Peterson went too far after they looked at the child’s injuries.
Clutchettes, what do you think about the situation?