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Vikings back-pedal on previous agreement not to take Adrian Peterson off the field

In response to pressure from their corporate sponsors, the Minnesota Vikings have taken Adrian Peterson off the field.  The team announced that, as of 2 am Wednesday morning, Peterson was going to removed from all team activities and not allowed to play.

This comes at Peterson’s athletic peak, which is analogous to what happened to Muhammad Ali many years ago.  Just two years ago, Peterson achieved one of the greatest feats in NFL history by rushing for over 2,000 yards in one season.

Peterson was taken off the field immediately after being indicted for allegedly abusing his son, hitting him with a switch and leaving bruises.  He’s been criticized heavily for his actions, but other athletes have come to his defense, including Charles Barkley, among others.  Barkley says that most parents in the south spank their kids, and there are millions of parents who’ve applauded Peterson for being an involved father, while still maintaining that he made a mistake.

Radisson Hotels, among others, have announced that they are ending their sponsorship deal with the NFL.  This led NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to speak on the matter as well.

This is what the Vikings team owner and president had to say:

“While we were trying to make a balanced decision yesterday, after further reflection we have concluded that this resolution is best for the Vikings and for Adrian,” Vikings owner Zygi Wilf and team president Mark Wilf said in a joint statement. “We want to be clear: we have a strong stance regarding the protection and welfare of children, and we want to be sure we get this right. At the same time we want to express our support for Adrian and acknowledge his seven-plus years of outstanding commitment to this organization and this community. Adrian emphasized his desire to avoid further distraction to his teammates and coaches while focusing on his current situation; this resolution accomplishes these objectives as well.”

 

 

 

 

 

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13 thoughts on “Vikings back-pedal on previous agreement not to take Adrian Peterson off the field

  1. Carol

    Peterson, has now had two cases of child abuse thrown at him. But, the latest one concerning his four year old child, left scars that will never go away, both mentally, & physically. On his testicles he had cuts & was bleeding according to the medical report. This was a four year old child, what on earth did he do to deserve that? He had marks on his hands with some permanent scaring, permanent scaring on his LEGGS, buttocks, and arms. One deep cut was so close to the child’s eye he is lucky he was not blinded. WHO ON EARTH approves of this? I have raised two sons, & sparked them at times, but NEVER LEFT MARKS nor PERMANENT SCARS. I never had to hit my four year old sons.

    This clearly was child abuse. The other child that he beat, was also brought to a hospital last year. Clearly something is wrong with this man. This is NOT spankings, this is brutal, beatings of a child that is still considered almost a baby. But, even if he were ten years old, this is child abuse. You should discipline a child when you are not angry. Look at how small his baby is in that picture. Now think about him hitting that child on his bare skin for over ten minutes straight until he was bleeding from everywhere on his body, including his testicles. If YOU think that is OK YOU have a problem.

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  2. TIMM DAWG

    Proverbs 23:14

    Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell

    God and King Solomon tried to help you save your children. The Creator God addressed child training, and He plainly ordained corporal punishment to save children from trouble and premature death. The use of the rod to inflict minor bodily pain will deliver a child from the greater pain of a dysfunctional and destructive life and/or the judgment of God.

    You can read all the psychology or child training textbooks you want – there is not a ray of light or modicum of wisdom in them (Is 8:20). God has spoken; the issue is settled (Ps 119:128). What will you do for your children? Choose the world’s failing methods or the old paths God inspired and your grandparents followed with good success.

    The mantra of this effeminate, permissive, and dysfunctional society is: “Kids, you can’t beat ‘em.” How did they come up with this ridiculous jingle? By allowing pubescent girls to hallucinate together in a Social Studies class about their ideas to make the world a better place! The Creator God has given the final and authoritative answer on this subject, and 6,000 years of world history have confirmed it. The most orderly homes and societies are the disciplined ones, and the disciplined ones used corporal punishment to achieve it.

    Every parent must choose. Will you submit to God’s word as the final authority, or will you worship at the altar of modern education and psychology? Without faith in God and His word, a man is unreasonable, incapable of right thinking, and vulnerable to ridiculous tripe like Benjamin Spock’s Baby and Child Care or A.S. Neill’s Summerhill: A Radical Approach to Childrearing. Both of which are absurd in content and bankrupt in results. Is this assessment of modern man too harsh? Not hardly (Rom 1:21-32; I Tim 6:3-5,20-21)!

    There is no question to Bible believers what spawned the hippies and rebellion of the 1960’s and the resulting explosion in crime, recreational drugs, children born out of wedlock, and decline in test scores. It was the first generation raised on Spock’s anti-God fantasy, which was first published in 1946 and became the nation’s bestseller. What did Mr. Spock think later, after observing the results, and seeing his own grandson commit suicide? The doctor confessed that his book, formed from Freud’s insane delusions and Darwin’s debased humanity, was based on unproven theories that had failed.

    Is pain constructive? Did you monitor your driving speed better after your last traffic ticket? Think how carefully you would drive, if you received a ticket for every violation! How accurately would you keep your books, if the IRS informed you of an audit? Pain is constructive! Even the thought of pain is constructive! The issue is so simple it precludes discussion. But the world rushes on, screaming against loving corporal punishment, while screaming for the murder of unborn children and the perpetual incarceration of their numerous failures. That is what a liberal education will get you (I Cor 1:19-20; 3:19-20)!

    To think you are wiser than God and 6,000 years of world history and adopt a modern fantasy for child training is folly. God has spoken very clearly. You cannot improve upon the simple wisdom of Proverbs, no matter what approach you choose in your arrogance. Neither greater severity nor greater permissiveness will work. Children are inherently foolish; the rod will drive it out of them; they can be saved from self-destruction; they can grow up to be productive adults, making parents very happy, if it is applied early and liberally and consistently (Pr 3:11-12; 13:24; 19:18; 22:6,15; 23:13-14; 29:15,17).

    Withholding corporal punishment is child abuse (Pr 13:24)! Spare the rod, spoil the child! Kids, you better beat them! Children must learn to submit to the loving authority of parents in their formative years, or they will be belligerent, proud, and selfish adults. They will have trouble submitting to the other relationships of life. The self-discipline necessary for adult success depends on parental discipline as a child. It is cruel to avoid a little pain to parent and child now that will certainly cause great pain to both in the future.

    What is the rod in this proverb? “A straight, slender shoot or wand, growing upon or cut from a tree, bush, etc.” (OED.) It is exactly what every parent and teacher knew as the hickory switch a few generations ago (Pr 10:13). It was as indispensable as a whip for a horse and a bridle for an ass (Pr 26:3). It is not a club, because the purpose is not harm, but affectionate correction. Its use would leave thin stripes of color on the back, which are as effective to the child as a ticket or an audit to the parent (Pr 17:10; 19:29; 20:30).

    What is the salvation from hell in this proverb? This cannot literally mean the lake of fire, or eternal life would depend on child discipline, not the grace of God. But hell is also used metaphorically for trouble, destruction, and death (Ps 16:10; 18:5; 86:13; 116:3; Is 5:14; 28:15; Jonah 2:2). Here is a dysfunctional and troubled life leading to a premature death, either by accident, crime, revenge, or capital punishment. A salvation indeed!

    The future of your family, your church, and the nation depend on the wise application of God’s inspired and infallible word. Those who rejoice and obey it will be blessed. Those who defy and reject it will bear the consequences, as any honest person can see already. The consequences of rebelling against God’s word and sending spoiled children into the world are coming home to roost. Save your children today! Thank you, Lord of heaven and earth, for your inspired and infallible instruction for proper training of children.

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    • Jackie Scott

      You don’t get it, he will not have those problems with his son at an older age. Charles Barkley was dead on in his summation about this case. MANY ADULTS would be locked and labeled if this foolishness were allowed in the past, the levels of discipline of one’s children is an should always be a matter for the parent and not the public. I also TOTALLY DISAGREE, with your assertion that this is a clear case of abuse, those scars will heal and the lesson will be learned and the boy will be a better man from it. Children need to understand perimeters an respect, if they don’t you would be here with the exact vigor complaining on that subject matter. A switch my cause a bruise or a minor cut, but a knight stick and a gun causes death. Consider that in your short witted assertion. And I have no problem, just a much deeper level of understanding regarding the plight of blackmen…..A CROSS THE BOARD. I ABSOLUTELY SUPPORT AP. 100%

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  3. RaeRae

    “Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him” Proverbs 13:24. Now if Mr. Peterson has beaten (not spanked) his children to cause physical damaging wounds, he should be punished. However, from the way it sounds to me he was chastening his boys as the Holy Bible has instructed, he should not be subject to this type of punishment. The only reason I see that the team has disowned him is because he does not have the sponsors who were previously backing him. I am happy to see that he is not losing money to take care of his family and that all of this needs to be resolved and he put back on the team.

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  4. Wayne

    To Tim dawg and Rae are both of you can go to hell . You can quote any scripture you want but it will never justify beating a small defenses child . As person who experience abuse at the hand of my mother it took me years to reconcile my feelings and forgive her for how I was beatin with extension cords as a child for not cleaning up the garage or some other minor transgression . I don’t believe for a minute that god condones these types of actions against children . And furthermore you should check the version of the bible that your reading as history tells us that king James did not care for children at all .

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    • RaeRae

      Hello Wayne,

      Heaven is not guaranteed, however, the wages of sin is death and hell is guaranteed, on that note, everyone can find a bible scripture to suit the scenario they are attempting to achieve. I really hope that I go to heaven, because I strive to not be judgmental towards any man, woman or child. But, if I do go to hell, you will probably be right there with me. Be careful where you throw stones as they may come back double to you.

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  5. Compeljam

    Ignorance! Both of you Timm & Rae, maybe you and Peterson need an as whooping from God. Aren’t you lucky He does not reward us as our sins deserve. The Bible calls you a fool. Wicked, wicked, act of child abuse! Close the Bible and go repent you fools. Since the local law refuse to lock him up, The law of sowing and reaping will get you all, in the meantime, go register for anger management. What evil lurks in the hearts of men.

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    • RaeRae

      Hello Compeljam,

      As I stated with Wayne, I was raised by a North Carolina mother and a Mississippi father. They did not spare the rod with me if I did anything wrong. Yes, by today’s standards my parents would probably be in jail right now, along with the neighbor down the street, the Aunt or cousin’s house you went to and “showed out”. Because back at that time the term “it takes a whole village to raise one child” was a true statement. If your neighbor, teacher, or any other relative seen you doing something wrong you was chastise with a strap, then taken home to your parents where you would get the strap again. Now my parents did not beat me with iron cords as with Wayne, put me in a dark room, or poured boiling hot water on me, However, the spankings I received has made me a good Godly woman.

      What doctorate do you have in theology to be able to call someone a fool? Be careful what you speak with your tongue…Woe beyond to you.

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  6. Joyce

    We must understand that white people as a whole does not believe in the Bible as we black folks do because if they did racism would not prevail as it does in this country, for instance its not our children shooting up the schools, it’s not us that’s taking God out of the schools when they took God out Satan came in so now we have all this crazy stuff goning on in our schools it’s not us that said put them in TIME OUT its white folks they are the ones that have the world going against God and we got a few crazy black folk getting on the bandwagon with them they just don’t know who they are as black people because if they did they would be putting the rod on their children as well, I for one alone with my husband never fail to use the rod (switches and sometimes a belt) it’s so amazing to me how white people would beat the slaves to death and them laugh about it, and now they act as if though uses a switch is worse than a whip what a sick society we live in we must rally behind Adrian Peterson .

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  7. Jackie Scott

    You don’t get it, he will not have those problems with his son at an older age. Charles Barkley was dead on in his summation about this case. MANY ADULTS would be locked and labeled if this foolishness were allowed in the past, the levels of discipline of one’s children is an should always be a matter for the parent and not the public. I also TOTALLY DISAGREE, with your assertion that this is a clear case of abuse, those scars will heal and the lesson will be learned and the boy will be a better man from it. Children need to understand perimeters an respect, if they don’t you would be here with the exact vigor complaining on that subject matter. A switch my cause a bruise or a minor cut, but a knight stick and a gun causes death. Consider that in your short witted assertion. And I have no problem, just a much deeper level of understanding regarding the plight of blackmen…..A CROSS THE BOARD. I ABSOLUTELY SUPPORT AP. 100%

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