MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A grand jury has indicted Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson with reckless or negligent injury to a child, WCCO has confirmed through multiple sources. 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 boy was visiting him in Houston. When the 4-year-old boy returned to Minnesota, his mother took him to a doctor. The police report said the boy told the doctor Peterson had hit him with a branch from a tree. 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.”
Pretty graphic there. Can’t imagine being a father who had a child die due to abuse at another man’s hand, and still think it’s OK to dole out physical punishments like this. That’s crazy to me. I’m sure there will be some internet tough guys who say their parents used to hit them and it’s just discipline or whatever, but returning your 4 year old son home to his mother with an inner thigh looking like that is some twisted shit. And since there’s visual evidence, I’m guessing it is not going to be good for AP.
PS – How about the Vikings even thinking of letting him play this weekend? How tone deaf could you be? I’m not even saying that as a Pats fan, just a person with a brain. I agree with gathering all evidence and all that but Jesus, after this week in the NFL just bury the guy in a bunker for a bit.
PPS – The Vikings are deferring all questions to AP’s attorney, but apparently he’s out of the country and can’t be contacted. Great move. Just run away and never come back. That’s what a lot of the people in the league should have done this week.