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Double Take: Peterson adds to NFL drama

Matt Algarin and Andrew Metz | Double Take

Matt’s Take:

When news broke last week that Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson had been indicted on charges of child abuse I shook my head.

While it was probably the wrong reaction, given that I didn’t know all the facts, my brain began to think the worst and my blood began to boil.

Ultimately the Vikings deactivated Peterson for Sunday’s game, which I applaud them for. Although I’m sure this was done out of fear of public backlash, given that the National Football League is going through a tough stretch with the Ray Rice domestic violence case, as well as Greg Hardy and Ray McDonald’s domestic violence cases.

Growing up in Ohio, I can say that I’m not all too familiar with a switch, which is what Peterson admitted to disciplining his 4-year-old son with, but I know the concept behind it.

The question isn’t whether this is right or wrong, in my opinion. I believe parents should be able to discipline their children how they see fit.

The question should be whether or not Peterson went too far in his discipline. As a feisty child myself, I’ve been disciplined my fair share, but I’m not sure it’s ever been in the same way, or to this extent.

Looking at the photos, which are online with a quick search, it seems as though Peterson may have gone too far.

The cuts and bruises are plentiful, which is disturbing.

According to Peterson’s attorney, he only disciplines his children in the same way he was disciplined as a child growing up in Texas.

From my standpoint, if convicted, Peterson should be given the same punishment as Ray Rice. There is a fine line between discipline and abuse, and by my account this looks to be a case of abuse.

Andrew’s Take:

I feel cheated.

If you’re not mad at the current field of law-breakers in the NFL for their actions, you should at least hold a grudge, for the loss of your Sunday morning.

That’s how I feel anyway. I don’t watch football for the drama.  I watch football for the football.

But, I don’t want to get off on the wrong foot this week. I’ve already grouped everyone together, as far as the troublemakers go. My point is, Adrian Peterson should not be compared to Greg Hardy, Ray McDonald and Ray Rice.

I am, in no way, defending Peterson’s actions. I believe that the physical discipline of a child is not right. But, I understand where he’s coming from.

Peterson is a good man. He’s as respected as any other player in the league, and he knows this.

Peterson was raised in East Texas where the physical discipline of children was more than accepted, it was encouraged.

So, in rearing a young family, Peterson tried to be an attentive parent, and he hurt his child, because he was wrong.

I hope this incident has given you reason to consider what you “know.” Peterson “knew” that he was being a good father when he disciplined his son. But he was wrong, and it took this very dramatic situation to realize that he needed to reconsider his method of thinking.

Just because I do not agree with physical discipline, does not mean that I vilify those who believe in it.

Parenting is hard. There’s no textbook that can insure an error-proof life as a mother or father. The most you can do is love your children, and maintain the willingness to do whatever it takes.

Pride would be the most dangerous characteristic is this situation. If Adrian Peterson is not too proud, he can turn this around.