Today I stood on the elliptical at my gym and fought tears. The story on the screen was hard to comprehend. I saw graphic images of bloody lash marks on a boys legs, on his behind and the guy on the news reported that they even reached his genitals. This little boy is only four years old and is the son of NFL star Adrian Peterson. Adrian plays for the Vikings, he wears the number 28, he’s 6’1″ 217 pounds and he regularly and brutally beats his children with switches and belts. This little boy is only four years old but was able to articulate that he is afraid of his father and his “whoopin room”. My youngest son is three and a half. The idea of beating him with a stick makes me feel sick to my stomach. He’s gotten a swat or two on his butt, but I’m aware that there are solid and effective ways of getting my point across without hitting him. Adrian didn’t like the sound of his son screaming when he was hitting him 15 times with a stick. So, he stuffed leaves in his mouth. Sounds reasonable, right? Right?
The powers that be are pressing charges. They have deemed this to be “gross child abuse”. I find it gross as well. He’s headed into legal battle, no doubt, with a dream team of attorneys who will see to it that he gets unsupervised visitation and a slap on the wrist. He won’t even get beaten with a stick! His team has decided that he “deserves to play ball while he’s going through the legal process”. Why is that? Ray Rice was dropped and there are no charges against him. Does this poor baby get no justice because his daddy didn’t get caught on tape? Four years old, people.
That child and his siblings are regularly beat. Adrian said that these “whoopins” are regular punishment and his kids know what happens when they get out of line. What could that little boy have done that was deserving of this? I’ll tell you, he pushed his brother off a motorcycle game. HOW UNFORGIVABLE. Kids pushing their siblings??? I can’t fathom… Insert eye roll here.
NFL, you are fucking up. I call on everyone who reads this to boycott The Vikings. To voice your opinions, to make them hear that we are not going to support the perpetuation of abuse. You can email them at the link below. I mean, I know I’m just some girl with a blog and if I’m lucky a few hundred people will read this. Why should The Vikings give a rats what I think about them? Why should they care what any of us have to say as long as we tune in and see their sponsors… That’s all that matters, right? I HAVE to believe that it will make a difference even if it’s just minuscule. If we don’t, then who will? Thanks for reading and please share this.