Picture a 6'2" professional football player, beating a four-year-old with a stick until the little boy is left with blood all over his body.
While it may sound like a scene from a horror movie, this is sadly the awful truth behind the Adrian Peterson child abuse case. In May, the 29-year-old running back for the Minnesota Vikings beat his four-year-old son with a switch. The blows from the wooden stick left the child covered in painful welts, bruises and cuts, which were still shockingly visible a week later.
Corporal punishment is a controversial matter, but this vicious physical assault on a defenseless young child is not discipline. It falls into the category of abuse, which is certain to lead to an endless cycle of violence.
On September 12, Adrian Peterson was charged with child abuse as a result of the horrifying May incident. However, CBS News reports that the Vikings have reinstated the NFL star and allowed him back on the football field. Peterson is set to play a game at New Orleans on September 21, despite the charges.
What's troubling is the fact that Peterson believes a simple apology can resolve the situation and undo the harm he's inflicted upon his young son.
He has issued an apology, saying, "I am not a perfect son. I am not a perfect husband. I am not a perfect parent, but I am, without doubt, not a child abuser."
After this scandal has come to light, we believe this public apology should be corrected.
Peterson is not a perfect son. He is not a perfect husband. He is definitely not a perfect parent, but he is also, without doubt, a child abuser.
By Fatima Syed
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