Adrian Peterson has been through hell in the last few weeks, but maybe he deserves it.
The superstar running back was meant to be Minnesota Vikings’ great hope for the 2014 NFL season, but instead he was charged with child abuse this month and deactivated for the rest of the season by the Vikings.
The charges stem from his ‘whipping’ beating of his own son which left the four-year-old with bruises in numerous places, including his scrotum.
Some have defended Peterson’s style of parenting, while others, including Vikings’ fans – who voiced their opinion in a recent poll – have condemned Peterson’s actions.
“A majority of Minnesotans disapprove of the way Adrian Petersondisciplined his 4-year-old child, with nearly two-thirds saying he should be released from the Vikings or should not play until his legal case is resolved, according to a new Star Tribune Minnesota Poll,” it has been reported.
“A clear majority, 57 percent, of adult Minnesotans described Peterson’s actions while disciplining his child as “abusive.” While 59 percent of adult Minnesotans said their own parents used corporal punishment, only a third say parents have a right to use physical punishment to discipline their children. More than 40 percent of men polled said they continue to support the practice, while fewer than one in four women do.”
Could still return
Peterson is highly likely to miss the rest of the 2014 NFL season, but should his trial be fast-tracked and he's found innocent, then it’s quite likely that the Vikings would consider letting Peterson put the pads on again before the season ends.