HOUSTON — Photos and text messages obtained by the I-Team reveal another incident in which Adrian Peterson is accused of injuring another son while disciplining the boy. The four-year-old is by a different mother than the alleged victim in the Montgomery County case, in which Peterson is charged with felony injury to a child. The latest incident allegedly occurred last June, while the boy, who lives out of state, was visiting Peterson at his gated home in The Woodlands. A photo, allegedly texted by Peterson to the boy’s mother, shows a head wound to the boy covered by two bandages. Other photos, allegedly taken weeks later, reveal a scar over his right eye.
The text messages also describe an exchange about what happened. They contain numerous misspellings and shorthand:
Mother: “What happened to his head?”
Peterson: “Hit his head on the Carseat.”
Mother: “How does that happen, he got a whoopin in the car.”
Peterson: “I felt so bad. But he did it his self.”
The text messages go on to show Peterson saying he was disciplining his son for cussing to a sibling.
Mother: “What did you hit him with?”
Peter never directly answered, but later replied: “Be still n take ya whooping he would have saved the scare (scar). He aight (all right)”
I already said my peace on Adrian Peterson yesterday. I pseudo defended him. Basically said I didn’t think what he did was nearly as bad as Ray Rice and Greg Hardy. That I believed Peterson when he said he was trying to discipline his son and teach him right from wrong. That he did it out of love not anger. That he needs counseling and not jail. So naturally this begs the question does this 2nd charge change my point of view? Logically speaking the answer should be no. Like Peterson hasn’t hid the fact this is how he disciplines his kids. He didn’t hide that he has a whoopin room. So it was only natural to assume the first incident wasn’t the only incident. But I’m not gonna lie this kind of changes thing for me. Like a scar on his face? How does that happen? The switch thing kind of reminded me of a kid getting hit with a belt or something. But we start talking about scars on your face and it has a much different feel for me. I still think Peterson thinks he’s doing the right thing and is honestly trying to teach his kids right from wrong, but how do you leave a scar on your kids face? And what did he hit him with in the car that would do that? Tough to defend him at this point.
UDATE – According to TMZ the reason the case went nowhere is because Adrian did NOT strike the boy in the forehead — but instead the child accidentally hit his head on a carseat while Adrian was punishing him.
I guess that changes things a little bit and is frankly a relief, but still not good. And who knows if that’s the truth.