Pictures Of Adrian Peterson’s Son’s Beating Wounds Emerge

The correct way to discipline your child is always a murky and controversial topic. Many people that physically beating a child in regard to punishment is an ill serving and unnecessary way to instill a lesson, and in some cases worthy of jail time. Others who have grown up accustom to physical harm as a means of punishment see no wrong, as it was used on them as a child.
Last week arguably the leagues best player other than a quarterback, Vikings RB Adrian Peterson turned himself in after his four-year-old son indirectly went to the police after being beaten by a “switch” or thin tree branch repeatedly over the lower extremities. This comes after a long line of domestic violence occurrences with many star players around the league and of course in the wake of the tapes of Ray Rice beating his then fiancé to unconsciousness in an Atlantic City elevator earlier this year.
Though deactivated by the Vikings, according to sources Peterson will serve no jail time and could be back with the team as early as this week.
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Note these photos were taken four days after the beating occured.
Opinions on the Ray Rice situation dramatically switched when the tape of the incident was released, and these pictures may do the same. What’s your thoughts on whether Peterson took physical punishment of his son too far? Feel free to leave a your opinion in the comment box at the bottom of the page.
(Images via CBS Radio Houston, Houston Police Department)

 

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  1. not even that bad.. i guess all the money Peterson spends on his children isn’t enough.. Baby Mama wanted to cash in while the NFL is under the microscope.. what a shame! Hope AP rips it up this Sunday against the Saints when he will be PLAYING.

  2. my wife smacked the front of my oldest son’s leg one time. She was aiming for his ass, but kids wriggle and it was dark. It stung and you could see a hand print, but that was honestly the last time he acted up enough to deserve a spanking. Now my other two??? They push us at times, but we try our best to refrain. It’s been a long time since they’ve been spanked. These days, when pushed hard, the threat of the spanking is enough. We do time-outs for the most part, and they still adhere (kids are now 4-6-8) The pictures above are another story. That looks like some rapid-fire, lengthy swats – with intent. Bad situation all around.

  3. First of all any time you use a switch it is going to draw blood or make a huge welt. The hits with a switch do not even have to be hard to cause blood or welts. It is just want happens. Second of all the definition of abuse is loss or the threat of loss of life, limb or bodily organ. That does not apply here. This barely meets the definition of inappropriate discipline since it was on his legs not on his face, head or chest. Thirdly, it would seem to me that all of society that complains about undisciplined, disrespectful and unruly children would be pleased that someone is stepping up, taking responsibility and disciplining his child(ren). It is so much easier to look away and just let your kids go than draw a line of expectation(s) and hold your children accountable. I have heard many, many children curse out and threaten their parents, then say “what are you going to do about it, I am a minor.” Good for Mr. Peterson that he drew the line early because by the time kids are 12 it is too late. And finally, it was never intended for parents to lose their rights to discipline their children unless it was abuse (see above). Mr. Peterson needs to fight this and every “good” parent needs to support him to the fullest. And to those that don’t, well when your child slaps you in the face, steals from you, gets drunk and kills a bunch of folks and says “It’s my parents’ fault because they did not discipline me, runs away, lies on you, is still living with you when they are 30 because they do not have the discipline to live alone . . Good Luck!

  4. Yes it seems extreme. So does this mean ever time a father or mother spanks their child should lose their job? This nation has become overreactive to so many situations. No child or wonam should ever be abused. Growing up in the seventies children got “the belt” or whatever was deemed necessary by the parent, back when kids played outside and ate dirt. Put yourself in his position do you think you shpuld lose your job for discipling you child?

  5. Horrible,,,,,,I guess Peterson is more valuable a player to his team than Rice is…!! I don’t condone either one of these actions, but apparently it is ok to beat your kid, but not your wife,,,Minnesota, should put him on suspension pending Peterson completing a course on how to raise a child…..

  6. No child should have marks on their body.

    This is abuse. Nothing more.

    Specialist all will tell you causing physical pain does not teach kids anything but fear and to inflict pain.

    Watch Jo Frost (Super Nanny). She teaches dicipline that does not involve physical pain. That is what I use and my child is so well behaved people often ask what I do.

    There is no excuse and this is not about people’s choices as parents.

    Kids have no choices or rights? Sorry bullshit.

    Kids deserve a home with love and happiness.

    It’s not a right to privacy if you beat your child.

    Period!!

  7. I think he should be suspended from playing football, put on probation so he can’t leave the state, have supervised visits with is children, and most importantly he needs parenting and anger management help. Going to prison wouldn’t help him or his children. Also him, his ex-wife, her husband/boyfriend, and his children need to go to therapy to learn how to deal with this and go on from there. He needs help so as long as he admits he needs help and proves that he is getting help, then I see no reason why he can’t play football. The other alternative or in addition to what I already said is to have him strip down to his underwear and have a man bigger then him give him a whipping with a switch. That way he will know how his 4 year old son felt.

  8. Seriously people, there is a fine line between discipline and child abuse. I think that he has crossed the line. This is child abuse. I don’t care how you grew up. Last I checked in todays society you leave any marks ,scrapes, bruises, or welts on a child, your parental rights need to be questioned. This A** clown should be fined, parental rights removed and removed from the field. I get that @bilcosby:disqus thinks its OK to beat your child senseless, This is 2014 not 1890. There is a way to discipline your child to respect elders and others, I have no problem correcting my kids.. What the F*** is your excuse.. Oh, that’s right you beat them with a switch… What a JACKHOLE

  9. I can’t believe that some people are actually trying to justify what this guy did. I mean…we are talking about a 4 year old here…just 4 years into the world and already learning what a scary place it can be. AP is a disgrace and should be fired from both jobs–football player and dad!

  10. some kids need it im sorry i know some lil kids who are wild dont listen,curse at parents and hit them so some need it and trust it will help them because it helped me i was beat with leather belts and punched in the chest and that made me act right and by the way this generation is crazy its alot of over emotional ass people i tell you this

  11. Joe Mckenzie you are a dumbass and you must live in Neverland. Probably never got your ass whooped as a kid. I bet you’re a big ol’ pussy too. I used to pick out my own switches for my parents to whoop my ass. Growing up you could always tell who got ass whippings and who didn’t. They would always ague with their parents and disobey their rules.

  12. For you clowns talking about times have change thats the reason the world is the way it is now. You can’t pray in public, y ou can’t discipline your kids, and you can’t have an honest opinion without getting crucified for it. Yeah he may have went a little overboard but that doesn’t make him an abuser. You would be having a totally different opinion if his children were breaking in your house.

  13. A hammer really let’s be rational here people. Oh that’s right you budisky types want to interfere w/ a man trying to show discipline to his child. A good old fashion whipping never hurt anyone except the person being punished, but it sounds like quite a few of you were failed by your parents on good sound discipline. This is why my beloved country is sliding into the toilet. You “do gooders” keep on interfering soon we will all be speaking Chinese!!!!!!

  14. From a woman’s point of view, this is a cry for help for Mr. Peterson. He is not emotionally stable. He can perform in his normal activities but this action is someone under alot of stress. There is no reason for anyone to beat a 4 year old child. No reason whatsoever, no matter what this 4 year old has done. The best recovery for this child is to help his father.

  15. I can’t see a 4 year old deserving anything more than a spanking w/ your hand. The problem is this is learned behavior. I assume the problem is Peterson looks back on his childhood fondly when he was beat w/ a switch & thinks it helped him.
    That said there’s some 13 to 17 year old marauding thugs who could probably use a good caning.

  16. You soft ass parents sound stupid!!! Time outs don’t work that’s why these kids are so pathetic now a days. They have no discipline. Once a teenage boy figures out that his parents can’t really force him to do things watch out!! That’s why so many of them are locked up or doing things we wouldn’t ever dream of doing when we were young. Why because we knew a good ass kicking was right around the corner. Parents do your jobs, discipline your kids, and stop letting these idiots make you feel your abusing them. If you don’t they have a nice place in prison for them or even worse. If you do this when there young it will work. Life was a whole lot better when we had control of our kids. People compliment me all the time on how well behaved my 12 year old son is. I’ve only had to whip him 3 or 4 times his whole life! Why? Because he knows DAD DON’T PLAY!!!

  17. my dad used to make me pick a switch off the peach tree to whip me with ! and would use a belt once in a while ! he never beat me like that poor child was beaten ! i raised 3 kids and never hit a one of them ! just because my dad hit me , i didn’t take it out on my children ! if you really love someone , you don’t beat them ! it is lowlife backward thinking , and has no place in a loving family ! the man has a mental problem ,and has no business around children ! im glad we have the right laws in place for these lowlife !

  18. Any sane person seeing these photos and saying it is not abuse needs to have their heads examined. Shame on the NFL and the Vikings for not immediately suspending him!!! The kid was 4 years old just a baby for Gods Sake.

  19. That looks like a light punishment to me. I grew up getting spanked and whipped with whatever was around. I am 35 years old I have a family with 3 girls and 100% debt free with a very good job that I created myself. The point people is discipline is what makes people successful. Being on welfare does not make you successful. I agree with everything Adrain Peterson did and will do in regards to the discipline of his kids if only everyone thought this way we wouldn’t be raising a generation of freeloaders and criminals. That’s my thought

  20. Those pictures are pretty bad, no doubt, but there are still a lot of shades here. My brother and I used to make weapons out of all kinds of crap lying around the house–fishing poles, telephone cords, belts, dowel rods–and go out and see who could beat the other the most senseless. For fun. We liked it! We were crazy, rowdy boys and we beat each other’s a***s on a regular basis. He broke my collar bone once while we were wrestling. I was proud of it; I took it like a champ. As far as discipline, no physical kind would have worked on us if it stopped short of what what we did to each other on a regular basis. Also, our dad is 5’5 and we’re both over 6′. He had to use weapons. Popping us on the butt with his hand wouldn’t have deterred s***. That said, the most effective thing for us growing up was just groundings and loss of privileges and things like that. Plenty of kids are well-disciplined without any corporeal punishment. Others need a bit. This really could go either way, even with those pictures. I can say for myself that my dad has left welts on me with switches and belts before, and I never felt abused or neglected or anything like that. I knew his intent. But not everyone is me. These things are always tough to call.

  21. THAT TYPE OF DICIPLINE IS WHAT’S CALLED FOR!!!
    That’s called an “Old Fashioned Killing” that every child should have administered once to set them straight on who is in control. This generation has NO FEAR of authority what so ever due to Anti-Spankers rasing weak passive, foul mouthed hard headed, uncontrollable disrespectful little [email protected][email protected]
    This generation has no respect for the Parent, Elders, Teachers, Rule of Law… not even for themselves.

    If the parents can’t whip and beat them,, then the damn Police shouldn’t with metal batons, nite sticks, gun butt stocks and steel toe boots gang up 10 against 1,, beat the hell out of a citizen.

  22. I think drawing blood and leaving bruises is too much and abusive to a child, the wrong thing to do. I think psychological discipline is better. Remove privileges from a child; toys, Ipods, a bike, grounding for a day or a week to make them think and feel about what they did wrong. A beating instills fear, causes a revenge at some-point in that child’s future towards the parent and brings about a way to treat other people. Striking a child seems wrong to me, I won’t do it, never will, never have. Children can’t defend themselves. Peterson was wrong to beat his son that way. I do know though, adults have way more strength than a child and in the heat of discipline, even a spanking could be too hard with adrenaline surging in the parent while they inflict a physical beating so it could get out of control and abuse that child, very very quickly. I err on the side of psychological stuff, make that kid remember what they did wrong through focus, not fear and consequences that are lasting. Thank you.

  23. Child abuse, let’s not forget, we’re talking about a 4-year old child, not 7, not 8, not 10, not … At 4, you’re basically still a baby. Peterson is a bully who can’t control his anger and let’s fly on a child. When you get lashed at such a young age, it starts a potentially uncontrollable wave of violence in that child’s life. Those who condone of this type of punishment on a 4-year old child deserve nothing but a straight ticket to hell.

  24. He claims that is how he was beaten as a child and he of all people knows how much it hurt. That mofo beat the time out of that baby. Violence breeds violence so this poor kid is going to grow up and if he does have kids he will likely continue the cycle.

  25. When one does bodily harm to you by an adult, the person who does it to you is in trouble. Causing bodily harm to a child—- that is child abuse. That is not discipline or even parenting. This man happened to get caught. He should be held liable and should be accountable for his actions. He should be punish by law.

  26. This is coming from someone who ended up with PTSD from childhood abuse and raised a good son who only experienced one spanking when he was 5. Your statements are moronic at best. It is the child that feels threatened with the loss of life that matters and not the abuser! It was only after I was dx’d with PTSD that the elephant in the room was finally resolved for as to why my brother committed suicide at 26 and why my sister died before her fiftieth. Both were alcoholics and drug addicts. Our “dear” father was a cop who held out your beliefs on punishment and what a F-ing mess my father made of his family!

  27. What Adrian Peterson did was not discipline it was sick torture! If i was that child’s mother i would have shown up at Adrian Pertersons house with a switch of my own. There is no justification for what he did to that little boy
    .Im sure that little boy screamed in agony while Adrian Peterson repeated beat him with that switch. He is not a man worthy of playing in the nfl or being any childs idol. He is a monster and should be kicked out for what he did!

  28. if you have never had a “switch” then you do not know ,, this is not. abuse!!! not at all. I rather see a few whelps from a father that loves his son at a early age. Then to see his son grow up being disrespectful and not know right from wrong. It a culture difference that most don’t understand.. and if other parents/guardian would put a “switch” to some of these gang banging, saggy pants, out of control kids, backside/butts our whole society would be so much better. I got several “switches” and I learned how to behave, I’ve given them also and all of my children turned out fine. never have been called to the schools, never been to jail or in trouble.and are very respectful, even now!! in their adult life I still get compliments on how mannerable they are. /Cause they know Daddy/Mama don’t play! My children are a reflection of me.

  29. It is sad that society has made sports more important than human life. If this man was not an athlete he would be in jail and the mother for not protecting her child, from a child abuser. I have vowed to stop watching NFL Games until something is done to protect this child and other victims of abuse from Athletes. Sports Is Never more Important than the Life of a Child or anyone.

  30. What could a 4 year old child do that was so bad that it would justify that kind of beating. What he did is child abuse, plain and simple. If he wasn’t a football player his ass would be sitting in jail and his son would be in foster care. Disgusting.

  31. This is just fine. Let him play. Can’t go without football and NFL can’t go without the $$$. Who cares about the wives & the children? Let them suffer! There is also a 2nd case with his other child whom also has scars on his face. I say make the man MVP give him a trophy and a raise. Should probably give him a good supply of ” The Next Day Pill” for the road whores and no worries he can save $$$ on abortions!

  32. I got switched when i was a child…. mom raised me right. I have other family members with drug teens, who curse and yell at their parents on a regular basis, who have no desire to even enter college or go beyond working at a convenience store. Parenting in America now days = working at McDonald’s demanding to be paid as much as a nurse, feeling entitled to everything, believing life is all about you, being a loser, and voting democrat.

  33. being only 4 years old, do you really need to hit a child more than 2 or 3 times? This is very abusive. I am not sure why these photos have been released. At least let the man have his day in court, and not in the media an on a social network sight.

  34. Most people only see what they want to see. I wanted to see clear cut evidence of extreme child abuse so that Peterson would be facing expulsion from the league because, Go Pack Go! I did not see it. I was disappointed, but it is what it is. Clearly not even close to child abuse. Undue and overly harsh discipline, yeah probably. But not abuse.

  35. Unfortunately too many black men continued to get beat and abused by their parents and lines were crossed for many. Slavery is over , we don’t need to beat our kids like master in the slave days. Do you tell your kids you love them as much as you beat them. Too many parents take out their demons and anger out on kids. Discipline is different than abuse. But you don’t know this because your parents crossed the line with you. Violence isn’t the only way to show respect, sometimes it’s to dominate and feel good about your self while you tear the soul emotionally from an innocent child who has only been in this world for 4 years. Now you beat your wives, kids And pets and think its ok, and wonder why your favorite running back is a child abuser. He did, it because that’s how he was raised, and if the trend continues his son will beat his kids and not even know why this is his only form of discipline for his kids. Wake up people don’t fool yourselves you have been brained wash, discipline is sometimes a swat to the azz with no marks, might I add and sometimes a stern word or taking away a favorite toy. Several bloody welps that favor a life in the day of a slave for a 4 year old is freKing ridiculous no matter how you slice it. Half of you feel you need to beat the crap out of women And children because your environment told you it was ok, but it’s not. Violence isn’t the answer and only mkakes you look weak! Punk azz “,,,!!,!

  36. it’s unfathomable that a man (and i use that word loosely) of his physical stature and strength with the capacity to inflict obvious physical harm would raise a hand to a child…or anyone. the vikings and the NFL need to take this dead ass and suspend him for an extended period…or dump him completely. It’s despicable. The wounds look horrifying…that poor little guy. I hope he is safe tonight and away from peterson. I agree 100% WminPhoenix…that isn’t discipline. It’s an ass beating.

  37. Yes, our parents got this punishment, some gave it to our generation to a lesser degree, BUT we are the generation that were suppose to fix that behavior, as now we KNOW it IS abuse! So you big men gonna hit a 4 year old, or a woman like they are grown men need to be stoned. Like WAY BACK IN THE DAY! (Your excuse for doing what you did.) You know right from wrong. There is ABSOLUTELY NO EXCUSE! Go live with the lepers on their own little island like back in the day your using for your defense. We have NO use for you.

  38. Whipping a child doesn’t teach them to behave, it teaches them to be afraid to get hit. Therefore they usually end up growing older to only do bad things with secrecy. I grew up a well rounded kid, the most my parents had to do was smack me on my butt. And I was more afraid of letting them down more than I was actually getting hit. Which is how I believe it should be. This becomes abuse the moment parents are no longer teaching the child a lesson, but instead showing their impatience to properly discipline the child; leaving unnecessary, painful marks.

  39. It’s abuse when you draw blood or bruise a child. After seeing the photos I believe it’s abuse. Consider the age, only 4 years old, then consider the size and strength of his father. I don’t know any 4 year olds that deserve this harsh a punishment. My parents used a switch, a belt, and a wooden spoon. Did I use those methods on my children? No. That was then, this is now. Adrian should attend parenting cl

  40. Man lets be serious… If this is abuse … Then what isn’t … As an adult i appreciate every beating my mother gave me … You clearly can see that the intention was not hateful … Some kids are born angels and some are just mentally destined for evil no matter how they are raised but in my opinion the majority land right in the middle and have to me guided a certain direction in there youth…. Im team AP
    “Teach a kid humility first, and respect will be a breeze”

  41. Looks like the kid got his legs switched. BFD, it only stings when it lands but it reminds you for a few days of what tomfoolery you were up to to have to go “pick yourself a switch”. And if this is just Southern then Bless your heart.

  42. Yes ap went too far. What bothers me is now the Vikings after losing 30 to 7 decided to reinstate him.. it’s about time the millions held accountable, tired of celebrity justice. These players are suppose to be held to a higher standard. I like what Brady and Rodgers said about being accountable representing

  43. Why do you think there are laws in place to protect children from idiots like him? How cruel can you be to hit a child ( 4 year) the scrotum ? I am all for discipline but that is abuse any way you look at it, so says DOC and the LAW..

  44. I got my back side welted a few times, and i am way more respectful than the youth of today. I think a good swat to the behind is good for the unparented child of today. Maybe not to this extent, but if this is abuse, than 70% of kids growing up in the 60s 70s and 80s were abused. I think A.P. was a bit too harsh, but not a child abuser.

  45. I as a person that grew up with this type of discipline don’t feel that he meant to personal harm his child even though I don’t use anything on my children for there bad behavior everybody is different and have there on way of discipline but really it’s people out there seriously doing a lot worst to these babies. He might have took it a little to far that’s why its better to let the situation calm down then discipline.

  46. One would think that after losing a son (that he had no relationship with), less than a year ago to child abuse, the a-hole would learn that abusing kids isn’t a good idea. The child he does have a relationship with he beats until he bleeds. Horrendous human being, and a sorry excuse for a father.

  47. Almost all of you are extremists, there is no excuse to leave that kind of damage on a child but on the flip side you can’t just let your kids be coddled and undisciplined. Spare the rod spoil the child does not mean beat your child with a rod, but without proper punishment you are ruining your childs life. Find a happy medium people.

  48. Hello, I think we have gotten away from disciplining our children. Simply because most of the parents are young parents and do not know how to discipline their children. But a four year old how much discipline do a four year old need, really? I do believe in discipline. But I do feel this is a bit much. I am one that still believes in the things you in still in your children at a young age, they carry for life. You don’t have to hit all the time. Some children you can just point out what they did wrong and explain to them and then hand down a punishment. Why do we hit every issue? This is also traumatic for this child. We need to learn other methods of punishments. Other than hitting. When children are so young. Those who do feel their children need a hit or two don’t use things that are going to scar the child or break the skin. Surely he got hit with a switch when he was younger, but not now please try to find other ways people. This is not going to help anyone the child or the parents. Try very hard not to punish your children when your upset. Sometime we as parents need a timeout. Please be careful when you discipline your children. Don’t strike them out of anger!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! it’s so easy to cross the line when your angry even if you don’t mean too.

  49. Yes. Hold Ap accountable and all players. Time for the police, courts and the nfl to hold players accountable. Tired of celebrity justice… this has been going on too long with players getting away with felonies, doing comm service..

  50. so heres where you all are messing up. everyone is dropping the tidbits out of topic…forgetting the big picture. picture this for a moment: you spend as much time as yu can with you 3 children. the quality of time is the best if not quantity. they truly love being with you. they follow your word, they wait for you, ecited, when you say ill be right back, theyre your buddies. you instill so much into them. respect, kindness, honor, perseverance…..youre doing a great job.
    one day child number 2 learns at scool from some rude uncontrollable little brat that if another was in his way, push him over, and walk on through.
    child number 2 brings that home with him, and, eventually, pushes child number three over.
    you, knowing “i didnt teach him this, and he certainly knows better”, decide to make sure this shall NEVER happen again. child number 2 gets his ass whooping with a switch and thinks “daddy had to have been pretty upset. WHAT IVE DONE WAS PROBABLY THAT BAD”.
    child number 2 never lays hands on his siblings again.

  51. I think claiming that beating is teaching respect is a total cop out. Beating someone (especially someone you claim to love) is one of the most disrespectful things someone could do to another human being. Shockingly enough, my parents were able to teach me and my siblings about respect without beating us, and I’ve been able to do the same for my daughter.

  52. The comments about condoning whipping a 4yr. old as the only possible action is Sad. A testament to the severe ignorance that plaugues our Country. I will pray to your Imaginary friend that you Morons are Sterile !! Idiots !!

  53. I am a physcian and treat children. If this child presented to my office with the injuries in the photos I would call the police and DHS. I think in any state in this country today a parent who did this to a 4 year old would lose parental custody for an extended period–for child abuse. Petersons public statements that indicate that this form of discipline with his children is his routine and that he is really not remorseful will be injurious to his ever regaining custody of this child. Peterson’s statements in his text messages are very chilling in that he blames the child for the abuse

    Unfortunately for Peterson these allegations came to light immediately after the Ray Rice episode in which the NFL was pressured into making extremely harsh penalties against players for physical abuse of others off the field. Also in the Rice case the precedence has already been set that a criminal conviction is not required for the NFL to impose these penalties. The NFL regulation of off-field behavior has progressed a long way. In the past there have been several players who have committed vehicular manslaughter and continued to play.

  54. The instrument should not be used on bare skin. That excuse oh that my parents disciplined me this way so I do it. My friends father backhanded her because she sat on his hat. Spanking is ok once or twce. From the wounds he hit this child at least 5 times on bare skin this is abuse. You wouldn’t do that to another adult why is ok to do this to a child.

  55. to j hammerrsly… it is someone like you who truly needs to step up, take responsibility and LEARN how to discipline a child. Using a few of your words, it is so much easier for someone like you to simply react (like a child) to a child’s unruly behavior- instead of doing the real parenting work it takes to guide a child instead of shaming., humiliating and degrading a child’s self worth by beating or whipping him or her. How weak it is for any parent to take these kind of abusive actions (AND YES WHAT ADRAIN DID WAS SEVERE ABUSE– TO SAY IT DOESN’T MEET THE CRITERIA FOR ABUSE BECAUSE IT WAS not on his face, head or chest) … What a naïve and ignorant adult you are. And I assume you have experienced this yourself, since those who abuse were more often than not absused themselves– your comments speak denial of your own childhood. And I guarantee if you look at yourself today as an adult, the abuse has affected you, scarred you, and left you with some deep emotional wounds. My wish for this world is people like you get help, wake up, and LEARN that physical or emotional abuse does noting but make a little child shut down who they are and hide… hide from the shame they falsely carried from their owns parents shameful acts (the parents shame).
    Your not a MAN j hammersly … hitting a powerless innocent child for being a child doesn’t make you a real man (quite the opposite) …. your immoral beliefs do nothing than …. yes a coward to hold onto the notion that ANY physical abuse like Adrian’s child experienced is okay.
    DO SOME RESEARCH ON THE EFFECTS AND CONSEQUENCES OF WHAT THIS KIND OF IMMATURE “PARENTING” DOES TO A CHILD… ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE ANY. I KNOW YOU WON’T… BECAUSE DENIAL KEEPS THE ILLUSION THAT YOU ARE RIGHT, IN CONTROL, A MAN WHO THINKS HE KNOWS IT ALL. BREAK THE DENAIL FOR YOU AND YOUR OWN KIDS SAKE.

  56. For everyone who thinks this is okay needs to get beat with a switch themselves. Look I have a son which I discipline. Yes ALL parents need to discipline their children but not beat them to the point of the pictures above. Have anyone of you seen the police report that says he got hit in his private parts with the switch. I’ve been hit with a switch and it hurts like hell with just a few hits there is no need to hit your kid this many times. Especially on a 4 year old. Adrian Peterson is a 200 plus pound NFL player who runs over 200 plus pound men on the football field and you beat your 4 year old child that’s 50 lbs or so. It didn’t hurt that not long ago someone KILLED your 2 year old because he was “disciplining” him. Yes discipline your kids but don’t stuff leafs in there mouth beat them to the point where your hurting there private areas that’s abuse not discipline. Discipline is show your kids that what they did was wrong and spank them not beat them like criminal. Kids will be kids we where all kids at one point or another but we love our kids and won’t want to hurt them. Discipline is not abuse.

  57. What a ruthless beating this poor little 4 year old had to endure….What kind of animal beats a 4 year old like this? those wounds are 4 days old!!! just imagine what they looked like the very next day! this fool needs to be FIRED AND LOCKED UP! preferably with the general population inmates…….even the killers in prison have children….. you would be surprised at how they feel about people who hurt children…..lol

  58. For me personally do not see this as abuse – A switch always looks much worse than it really is . It just stings. I do not see this as abuse at all. I used a wooden spoon on my son , and in fact I broke a few across his ass when he needed it. Today he is a 29 year old well adjusted successful young man. It is the children who get ” The Time out ” punishment who are the worst of them all. Adrain Peterson did NOT abuse his son. Allow him to discipline his own son the way he feels fit. Some children just need to be spanked.

  59. since when did every human being in the world become judge jury and executioner??i see nothing wrong with whooping, spanking, popping, whatever you wanna call it, some kids need that, thats part of the reason u got kids bringing guns to school,bullying,being disrespectful, etc… did AP go too far, i believe so, but thats none of my business and my opinion does not matter and neither does any of yours, whatever works for your kids do that but don’t try and tell someone you don’t know what they should or should not do with they kids

  60. I have a 3 year old son so I know the struggle and trust me my little man can be hard to deal with sometimes but I do believe that’s all part of being a parent. That being said I don’t think your doing a good job if you can’t punish your child without leaving visible marks.Studies show consistency is better than a strong hand or in this case a branch. That’s just my opinion but I love my son. He is my pride and joy and if I can’t be smart, diligent and crafty enough to discipline him without physically hurting than I’d feel that I have failed as a father.

    P.s. I love my dad to death and thank the lord that he lead by example and not fear.

  61. Man fuck them little scratches, I swear they want us to have soft ass kids. If that’s abuse, well damn i didn’t know I was being abused when I was a child. Shit these type of injuries happened on a good ass whoopin day. That nigga sittin down, so u know that ass whoopin wasn’t that bad.

  62. Doesn’t really look all that bad to me. The kid probably deserved it, like most all of us did when we were kids. My mom’s first choice was “The Wooden Spoon” and I assure you I deserved it every time. I guess the real issue is, unless the kid’s life is in danger, it’s NONE of any of our business how he chooses to discipline his kid. None whatsoever.

  63. I hate this country. Children need to be disciplined a hell of a lot more than they are, and the fact that people whine about it proves why this cesspool of a nation is going downhill. Get over your ‘oh the poor children’ garbage. If you punch a child in the face, it’s abuse. If you spank his ass, it’s not. Period.

  64. And we have total d-bags like Charles “BJ” Barkley passing this off as a part of the tradional way Southerner’s discipline a child. Slavery was also part of the traditional “southern” way of life, you idiot! Chuckie, Chuckie, every time you open your pie hole you show the world your brain is about the size of a grain of sand. The only reason you still have a job in the media is the fear of firing a Black man. One shade lighter and your AZ would be fired and at best you would be sweeping floors at Taco Bell.

  65. I don’t think I’d ever stop crying if I saw my daughter with these wounds. The debate between if spanking is acceptable or not is completely irrelevant to these pictures. That is sheer child abuse. My heart is really feeling for that little boy, the government needs to have a better system when it comes to taking care of the children.

  66. an open-handed swat, or “spanking” is one thing. This was sadistic abuse and over the top and a 4 yr old child can be dealt with in more than one way. Violence begets violence. They tackle 300 lb men on Sundays, Beat the kids on Monday and smack (or punch out) the wife the rest of the week. Bad cycle.

  67. I was whipped as a kid. For lies,acting up in church, throwing a fit. It didn’t cause me any permanent damage. What it did was teach me to not do it again. I’ve seen kids in stores just going crazy. Talking back to there parents,running all over the place, grabbing candy and running, etc. The parents will grab there wrist and say don’t do that. The second they let go, the kids are at it again. I’ve thought to myself if they’d whip that kid, he or she would quit. The sad thing is that if they had,someone would have filmed on there phone and the parent would have went to jail. I remember being told as a kid that the whipping hurt my parents more than me. That’s true. I know Adrian is hurting now and Im sure he didn’t want to do it. The point is that if Adrian was disciplineing his son and he did what he every parent should be willing to do when there child becomes unruly.

  68. I used to be required to find my OWN switch in the 1960’s. And I better find a good one or it would be worse. I got worn out but blood was never drawn. I had some marks on my fanny but this was sustained.

  69. Let’s get something straight—Mr. Peterson did not spank his child. He beat the kid. Any “spanking” that shows this level of injury four days later was WAY over the threshold of abuse. While I applaud Mr. Peterson for being willing to discipline his child (God knows we need more parents who will), he must learn moderation. Any “spanking” that breaks the skin and draws blood or that leaves injuries that are still visible days afterwards is abusive.

  70. Pictures are worth a thousand words. I don’t know exactly how many times this 4 year old boy was hit, but it appears to be more than a dozen. Are you kidding me? This looks more like what happens to an adulteress in Syria. Good grief, to think that little boy shenanigans deserves this kind of truly harmful punishment is out of my realm of consciousness. How ’bout a swat on a covered behind and an hour sitting in a chair in the corner not being able to play with his friends. My gosh, some of the comments below must be from those living in an alternate reality.

  71. In my first post I was speaking more In general& not specifically to the Peterson case. I try not to comment on another man’s household especially when I don’t know all of the facts. It makes you ignorant to the subject. But I will say this: your family was blessed to have good children that didn’t require much hands on punishment so am I but every child& every situation is not the same. From what I understand again not n knowing all the facts Peterson does not live in the same household as the child subsequently he is being raised by his mom. Speaking from experience I have 3 other children that live in a different state, being raised by there mom& my daughter fights with her mom all the time. One day she hit her mom in the head with a trophy knocking her out & could have killed her! My 18 year old son raises up to his mom& she can’t control him as well. There mom believed in those hand spankings you spoke of. Obviously that nonsense didn’t work. This the case most of the time especially when it comes to kids being raised in the inner city. Whole different ball game maam. Our parents back in the day did go too far& that’s why they changed the laws, then all hell broke loose in society. I’m a results guy& things were alot better then. Now I pray Mr. Peterson doesn’t discipline his kids like that all the time for every little thing but you do have to break a few eggs to make an omelet. I will say that we should not go overboard when disciplining our kids but alot of us have gotten simular whippings in the past& we still lived & I think we need to go back to some of the old time discipline just not get too excessive because this generation is a lot more rebellious& things are out of control. Again I’m a results guy & things were alot better in the past when kids were more respectful, when kids weren’t killing there parents as well as each other ect…. I’m just saying….

  72. The term spare the rod and spoil the child came from this man and not from the Bible.
    Meaning: The notion that children will only flourish if chastised, physically or otherwise, for any wrongdoing. Origin: This phrase has quite a long genesis. The coiner of the version that we use in everyday speech was Samuel Butler, in Hudibras, the satirical poem on the factions involved in the English Civil War, which was first published in 1662:

    Love is a Boy,
    by Poets styl’d,
    Then Spare the Rod,
    and spill the Child.

    [by ‘spill’, Butler did mean spoil – that was an alternative spelling at the time]

    The precise words were Butler’s, but the proverbial notion is much older. William Langland’s The vision of William concerning Piers Plowman, 1377, includes this line:

    Who-so spareth ye sprynge, spilleth his children.

    ‘Spilleth’ is used to mean ‘spoils’, as in Butler’s poem. ‘Sprynge’ was commonly used in mediaeval English to mean the verb ‘spring’, that is, ‘rise quickly, at a bound’. It seems that Langland was using here as a synonym for ‘sprig’, that is, rod or offshoot of a plant, although the OED has no other records of ‘sprynge’ being used that way.

    English version of the Bible pre-1377 don’t include the line in the form we now use, but they do contain a similar thought, and this is probably where Butler took it from. In the King James Version, Proverbs 13:24, we find:

    He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.

    The verse in Psalms was taken out of context and was meant to mean,
    “Whoever fails to exercise his parental authority hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to instruct and correct him.” It’s a warning to fathers that as the heads of our households it’s our responsibility to instruct and train our children. Our failure to do so is a sign that we don’t love them.

    In summary then, the notion of inflicting physical punishment on children can’t be supported Biblically. Spanking began as a pagan activity steeped in eroticism, and was brought into the church as a punishment for sin during a time when the Church had forgotten that Jesus was punished for our sins. But even then it was related to sin, not behavior that’s arbitrarily labeled by parents as bad, when it’s often only a reflection of their incompetence as teachers. It has done untold emotional and psychological damage and is in direct conflict both Old and New testament doctrine.

    We must be careful in our interpretation of the Bible and pick and choose verses to back up what we are saying. There is many other teachings in the New testament to support Jesus did not teach that kind of discipline.

  73. This is not about the “SWITCH” as much as the force of the hand behind the hits. I’m 53 and was whip with a switch but I wasn’t hit like THAT hell no you can talk to a or put him in time out or better yet a 4 yr old only needs a pat on the backside he’ll get the message what Adrian Peterson inflicted on that child was a nightmare for any mother to see she did the right thing by reporting it! Let me just point out that our black community has been wrong on the IDEA that a beating, whipping etc will the only answer, well its not a cure all what was done in the past wasn’t the right way it was the only TOOL our elders had because it was inflicted on them and their ancestors by the SLAVE MASTER to keep them in line and fearful of them. That’s the TRUTH! So for us to continue that horrible way of discipline is a tragedy and the ignorance of not know why we do what we do is the reason we are here today being outrage by what has taken place even though a few of us have experienced or even participated in such practices don’t make it right! We that a abused person will abuse others the cycle continues, my mother even confessed that she went to far so to say that you agree with Adrian is because of how you may have been raised, I get that, but focus on the consequences of your action in today’s world you have to realize you may face some jail time for child abuse believe it or not! So all you that feel like it’s okay you better think twice because this is not your parents world you are living in! When you know better you do better!

  74. As many of you I have children and I am a tough dad…I require respect and obedience in terms of the things I expect. I am impatient when it comes to getting my children to do things like take a bath, getting dressed and expect these daily routines to be done immediately. But I would NEVER physically hit them, ever…and oh ya…I have a pretty bad temper at times too.

  75. So because an imaginary sky fairy says its okay to beat your kids, that makes it alright? So I guess ISIS beheadings are justified too because THEIR god commands it. What, that seems crazy? Their god is false but the christian god is true? To those enlightened enough to reject medieval superstition, it all seems equally as asinine.

  76. There is a fine line between abuse and discipline. Thing is, disciplining your children these days is a tough thing to do. Especially with children knowing that as a minor, they have protective services as well. If it leaves a mark for more than 24 hours, it is considered abuse. Regardless if it’s a belt, switch, or hand. There are many forms of abuse as well, and verbal isn’t any better than physical. Emotional takes its toll on a person too. I don’t care who you are or where you’re from or how you were raised, abuse is abuse. If you remember having marks on your body, whether in form of a bruise or welt or whatever, caused by something other than your own clumsiness, for more than 24 hours, chances are you were abused. Whether or not you knew it at the time, as a child, you had little say in things, the adults in your life knew what they were doing, and knew right from wrong. From personal experience, I have been abused in many ways, but I came out on top as an adult and I learned that what happened to me as a child was wrong and I will NOT do it to my own child. Yes, I discipline my child, but I don’t abuse him/her.

  77. Mayb some of u need a discipline in Yall lives. Bc obviously the ppl who r commenting never gotten a whipping b4. Mayb he did go a Lil over board but I’m sure he didn’t purposely try an abuse his son anyone who has followed this guy knows he is not some kind of monster actually he’s one of the most religious nd respectable ppl in the NFL. I’ve gotten plenty of whipping that hav left w helps but it’s made me into the man I am now. An I learned that wit every bad action there’s consequence. Wake up ppl an stop tryna make this something big. I dnt hear half of the concern for kids who r being KILLED by police everyday tho?? Smh

  78. My heart breaks. I’ve lost all respect of AP. I’m sorry. I sure got my fair share of spankings (nothing like this)… but I’m sorry Mr. Peterson… This is abuse. Four years old and you are drawing blood? It even hurts more because I’m a new father and would never do something like this to my own son. I am broken to see this.

  79. My Dad used a switch on me as a kid, I had to go get it and when i got spanked i should have, no one is talking about what the kid did, maybe this will make the kid corrected and it will benefit in long run, let the FATHER choose the disciplin he is the FATHER not the media. Let him play

  80. Guys…Gals,

    I don’t know the full research on the studies cited–yet. I do know a whole industry has sprouted when it comes to children who blame parents because those children have failed to meet their own expectations.

    Point being we can’t undo any damage mommy and daddy might have done–no matter what they did.

    Truth is, a lot of people in the industry are victims themselves…I’m a skeptic…Sorry

    Beyond that, in all the talk radio and intent banter I’ve read, I’ve yet to see this addressed yet:

    My mom broke wooden spoons on my ass and wore out a couple belts. I drove the poor woman crazy and every beating was tempered with fifty hugs and positive parenting.

    Never, in the 4-5 years when I was beating eligible 6-11 did any mark show…. She always disciplined me with my clothes on.

    Does it creep any of you out that this 4 year-old was naked?

  81. I am suprised there is enough room on the soap box everyone is standing on judging other people when everyone has done something wrong in thier life. Child abuse is horrible and unexceptable but for people to act like they are perfect is laughable at best. People make it seem as if he did this for fun.

  82. I guess Peterson is the only parent in the world that hit their child and the rest of you are perfect little angels. I do not agree with beating a child as I have 3 boys of my own but sometimes “time outs” and talking to your child just not work. Sometimes it takes a good smack to knock sense into someone…he may have gone overboard but to crucify him is ridiculous.

  83. If what ray rice did is abuse then the same goes for adrian or even worst because, there’s no way you should do that to someone you love and for parents out there do not do that to your child or children, adrian needs to be punish

  84. I don’t understand why anyone would try to defend Adrain Peterson’s action?? Because he is a “hero” in the NFL?? Heros are the guys who go to foreign countries to fight to keep this country free. These big, ignorant, entitled, uncivilized brutes don’t think rules apply to them; and the stupid fawning fans perpetuate that idea.

  85. This is child abuse, clear and simple, a big bully hitting a little innocent child because he was treated similarly when he was little and unable to defend himself. In the future we will all agree that all physical so called ‘punishment’ is abuse, and that violence only causes more violence-Peterson being a case in point. He was hit, so he hit his child.

    I don’t think Peterson is at all healed from his propensity to hit-he still thinks it’s okay, and what kind of a person doesn’t realize they are injuring their child? He beat him, clear and simple. Most people do this because it was done to them-and oftentimes it is too painful and hard to feel what they felt then-humiliation, fear, and rage-and too hard to let go of the image of the abusive parent as being ‘all good’.

    Thankfully, we are becoming less and less tolerant of domestic violence. Hope Peterson gets some help so he can truly recover and possibly be a decent Dad, but it sounds doubtful. He’s still defending what he did as being basically okay but he went ‘too far.’ He’s still in denial.

  86. A good ass wipping never hurt anyone I got many and thank my parents for them still because who knows were I might be today in jail or hell what he did was. Not right but I believe kids would be better I given a ass wippen not screaming at them or a time out to thank what more can we do to get in trouble again

  87. You just cant do this. a spanking is one thing but he beat a four year old baby badly. I am a Chicago Bears fan but I was also a big Adrian Peterson fan. I loved to watch him play. But this has to stop and can not be overlooked.

  88. I believe sometimes a child needs to get put in his/her place (speaking from father of 3 and took care of 3 others till they were around six) but to be able to leave marks like that…idk what could have happened cause if u love ur kids and show them it hurts there heart a lot more than a swat on the behind! But thats me

  89. When someone gets hit with a stick. ..the only thing that you learn is to hit others with a stick. …Peterson. .instead of hitting your children with sticks…u should stop the cycle of whipping u r kids…hit them with love….you really need 2 be charged 4 this….hope u go to jail because u deserve it….hope u r kids don’t whoop on u r grandchildren when they get older because that’s the only thing ur teaching them……u lost all my respect. …N.F.L PLEASE DON’T LET HIM PLAY….ITS MAKING YOU LOOK REALLY STUPID…..AS IF U DON’T ALREADY WITH EVERYTHING GOING ON $$$$$$

  90. Brah…. He’s a 4 year old. If Peterson was on my fantasy team, I might have said differently, but there is no reason to hit a 4 year old. Telling his son what is right is probably enough, since his son probably thought Peterson was a hero. I feel bad for that poor baby.

  91. I see a lot of people on here condemning a man that they don’t know and don’t know the circumstances. I didn’t know who Mr. Peterson was until all this hit the news. But, I can say that I was born and raised in the south where it was and still is common to use a “switch” to punish your child. I have had bloody whelps before and yes I did learn my lesson! I learned to respect my elders, do as I was told by my parents, and to respect others. I believe that he may have gone too far but he does not deserve to go to jail because of it. How many of you would want someone else telling you how to discipline your child? I know I wont allow anyone to tell me how to punish my kids when they have done wrong. Sometimes just talking to them doesn’t work, as many of you fellow parents know, and spanking with a hand doesn’t leave a long enough impression. The belt works fine with my kids but I have used a switch a few times too. It just seems to me that way too many people (many of which don’t have kids of their own) are trying to ruin a man’s life when they really don’t know anything about the man other than what they see on tv. My opinion. Take it or leave it.

  92. They should do the same thing they did 2 Ray rice and suspend him 2 that’s not cool a child can’t defend himself it just don’t make sense they suspend Ray rice 4 hitting his fiancee a grown women and they don’t suspend Adrian Peterson 4 beating his son know don’t get me wrong I’m not saying it’s alright 2 hit his fiancee that’s wrong 2 and he shouldn’t be able 2 come back 2 the nfl period they should do the same with Adrian Peterson

  93. I grew up in the 60s and 70s. My mom believed in whoopings. Yes using a switch, leaves marks. I had enough of them. But I also respected my parents and did not talk back, swear, or just not listen. I learned RESPECT and we feared our parents. Kids today, look at us parents As if we are from another planet,. And PARENTS we now fear our kids and the government just for teaching our kids what our parents us.

  94. Maybe all the advertisers that are pulling their ads as well as canceling their contracts with Mr. Adrian Peterson should use that money to help prevent child abuse. And lets face it the NFL will only answer to their advertisers. SO IF YOU LOVE CHILDREN YOU SHOULD BOYCOTT THE NFL until they get it together and actually have a moral compass. But that is just a dream…

  95. There is a lot to be said about abuse,of all aspects, I do believe that Adrian Peterson will never forget the damage done to both his son and himself, I am so curious after reading of all the comments do any of you do the following …. Do you send your children to school… it’s a documented case that teachers seduce children and have sex with them, So do you put your child on a school bus…. its been documented that some of the highest sex offenders are bus drivers …. Are you children in Organized sports…. some of the most respected coaches of all times have gone years upon years sexually abusing and verbally abusing Children….Do you and your family attend church… it has been going on for MANY years that Priests have Sexually abused boys and covered it up by moving priests around to different parishes to abuse again … do you do drugs or drink alcohol….its been documented that while your on a high or passed out your boyfriend or friends of friends have just raped and sexually abused your children …… how many of you are NOW a Hippocratic??? you are all guilty !! since when did you become GOD, or a Judge or the Jury….. should Adrian be punished absolutely should he be ban from football prior to any court systems conclusion?….. He is a Contracted NFL Football player he gets paid weather he plays or sits on suspension !!! He should Play and when he is convicted then he should be thrown out of his contract and NOT paid a cent for any remaining time . How many CEO’s of Major companies or Parents abuse their children in many worse ways then this ….Many do not make the news, What the media has done with this case is invaded the privacy of a MINOR child you may as well put him on a cross and whipped him yourselves !!! You should ALL be ashamed of yourselves !!! Let the Courts figure this out then comment all you want !!! what about the parents that cause Head trauma to their babies you never hear about the ones that lived only the ones that have died there are thousands of brain dead innocent children some are blind some are deaf some will never know the very things we take for granted ! amazes me that we can all turn our heads in disbelief but have a public sports player loose control and everyone jumps on the band wagon ! the children of today have NO respect everyone fails its a no win situation you do not need to beat them you need to educate them !!! Do you know that we release sex abusers daily from the prison system and they repeat with in 30 days !!! There is no CURE I think everyone should have to take numerous hours of training to be a parent 18 years of it to be exact per child you choose to bring into this world what gives you the right to have children if your not educated on how to raise them…such a sad system we have in the United States !!!!

  96. “Abuse” is used very loosely here. He’s raising his children the same way his parents raised him, and I personally think they did a pretty damn good job. Guess it’d be too hard for any of you to actually look into the matter a little deeper, or even looking into what kind of person Peterson is. Too easy to jump on the bandwagon and call him a child abuser for disciplining his child. Makes me think some of you should’ve been beaten more as children.

  97. and all your kids will probably grow up to blow up schools….continuing the pattern, kids need they butt whipped. Society taking parents rights to discipline is a mistake, and the reason kids are the way they are today, rude, disrespectful, ungrateful, entitled, violent, beating the parents butt, and you call that kids being kids. These are my kids and they are not abused, they are structured, well mannered, polite, and will not step out of line with any adults, I run my house, and because of their good behavior they have EVERYTHING they could ever want, but if they step out of line I will tear their butts up, especially my son, if I don’t keep him in line, he will be out of control like I see the majority of todays kids. who in the world invented time out anyway? For the record I come from abuse, I mean going to school with my face sliced up with a knife by my mother, in the third grade, getting my hand ironed by my mother in the first grade for failing to count money correctly, that my friends is abuse, a whipping (or spanking as most of you call it) for misbehaving is not.

  98. There are a lot of people on here giving excuses for brutality. This only tells us that they themselves were once brutalized, and in order to protect their illusion of the ‘good parent’ and protect themselves from feeling the pain of that child that was once them, they must defend even something as indefensible as what was done to this innocent little child.

    The idea of children and even babies being ‘bad’ or ‘evil’ is an ancient one. It is the excuse given so that parents could take out their frustrations, fears, feelings of helpless, fears of loss or abandonment, rage-whatever ‘poisonous’ material they were carrying around-on someone little and defenseless.

    Historically this included child murder via sacrifice, sexual abuse, torture-we have only truly begun to treat children with any kind of respect and care during these last 100 years so.

  99. Don’t think it was Not child abuse I think he was just discipline his child like going back to the slave days that’s how they used to discipline I think we forgot how to discipline children that’s why they all are coming Out bad stealing robbing people killing people I myself got discipline with the belt all the time and I turn out to be a good personso we have to stop making it such a big deal that guy was just doing what he was told to dowhen we love a child we discipline them for them to become better people in life

  100. There a lot of idiots who condone this type abuse, saying that keeps their kids from being “soft” and what not. That is BS. Ask any prisoner if they got spankings or beatings from their parents when they were bad. They will all say they did. Ask CEO’s, judges, Doctors and respectable professional people if they got spankings and you will see that many, if not most did not. I got spanked pretty good when I was a kid. Many times with the buckle. It instilled an aggression in me that I still deal with today. I grew up thinking it’s ok to inflict pain on people to teach them a lesson. Until I met my wife, it would be nothing for me to beat someone up cause I thought they deserved to be punished. Now that I have a kids – I fear that I will mess them up the same way. I pray to God I do not pass any of my aggression on to my kids. They deserve better.

  101. the problem in society of children today not behaving correctly isnt a product of parents not disciplining their kids, but more a product of parents that themselves are drug and alcohol addled pieces of shit. you are a role model for your kids. If your child goes to school and sees other kids whose parents spend time with them and actually show a genunie interst in their lives and than come home and see a parent getting stoned every day and zoning out, they will act out. If you are a piece of shit role model for your child what do you expect. parents are the problem. most parents today should never have had kids.

  102. I just can’t comprehend this. Do people actually think this is ok? These pictures display a complete lack of self control. Disciplining your child by spanking shouldn’t be something done out of anger, it’s a form of discipline meant to teach the child that “if I touch something hot I’ll get burned” mentality, it’s not meant for the parents to take out all their frustrations and actually physically harm their child. The amount of ligatures on this boys skin show that “dad” obviously couldn’t control his anger. How could someone see that they had drawn blood on their own child and keep going? That is so far beyond discipline and if you don’t think so, maybe you should question your parenting skills and morals.

  103. I have sustained much worse from my great grandmother…give me a break… are you telling me it is “okay” to punch scissors into the back of an infant’s head and suck out their brains but its not okay to discipline a child?

  104. From the text between AP and his mother, AP says he gave the child five more whacks than “normal.” He also states the child didn’t cry so he is going to have to come up with a “system” for him. (http://cbsminnesota.files.wordpress.com/2014/09/adrian-peterson-text-messages.jpg)

    Obviously this shows that AP does this all the time for punishment. His lack of remorse and matter-of-fact texts show he obviously doesn’t think there was anything wrong with what he was doing.

    So now I’m torn. A child raised as a ____ by their parents is a _____, but not based on their own experiences or beliefs. With enlightenment, they can change their opinions and see they were wrongfully informed/taught. This can be true of attitudes towards gender, drugs, religion, politics and many other aspects of life.

    Look, I was raised by spanking. Made an impression on me for sure. When I had children, I wanted to also use spanking as a punishment. My wife was against this so I read several books on modern parenting and we have never raised a hand to our kids. They are now 10 (twins) and are perfect, leaving me grateful in so many ways that I enlightened myself to think differently. I now understand the difference between having kids behave out of fear and respect.

    Can the same be true with AP? If he was raised by the switch and believes it’s what made him the man he is today – a good man reportedly in most other ways(?) – shouldn’t he be enlightened and given the opportunity to change?

    So, I guess I am willing to change my thinking about AP if he gets real counseling, attends parenting classes and truly changes his thinking towards punishment. Whether he can reconcile with his family is another story and burden he has to live with.

    I’m not for giving him a free pass though, he needs to be punished to make sure he learns his lesson. Ironic, huh?

  105. Bleeding wounds/welts on a 4 year old is way too aggressive to prove a point. A swat with the hand and talking to a 4 year old would have been a more mature approach. Peterson and so many of these guys don’t recognize their own abusive pasts, so they can do something to stop abuse in the future. I’m glad a message is being sent to stop the cycle of abuse, and for Peterson, he owns the cycle right now.

    The “switch” he used was a stronger wooded branch with little give. Take Peterson’s size, body mass and force when swinging a branch into the body of this child, and you will see blood drawn. It’s easy to figure out the intensity of the blows. This is child abuse and endangerment.

  106. In this day and age of children basically having the run of the land, and
    discipline of any sort at all being considered abuse, does anyone find it
    disheartening that today’s youth, with their lack of any sort of punishments
    more than a stern look, as well as a full generation before them, has taken
    the US down to the bottom of the top ten in intelligence scores compared
    to other countries, taken a once vibrant economy to the brink of collapse,
    as well as their weight skyrocketing because of parents giving them what
    they want to eat rather than what’s best for them. “Take a time out in the
    corner young man!” Hey! that’s mental abuse you bastard! I’m calling the
    police! “All he got was a slap on the hand”……Yea….but the father that
    did the slapping got ten months.

    How’s about everyone get their asses off of their computers and updating
    their Facebooks, and raise your own kids, and stop trying to raise others.
    I could care less if Adrian Petersen ever played another down of football…..
    I’m not concerned. But then I’m also not concerned about his child either,
    because my guess, is that child will grow up to be a fine young man some
    day…..and will do it withOUT the help of any of you guys. Now get off your
    fat asses, shut that computer down, and go out and play some ball with
    your kid,…..and I DON’T mean on a PS3!

  107. This is not discipline, this is abuse and those who cannot recognize it are part of the problem certainly not part of the discussion or on how to prevent child abuse. Beating a 4 year old this way has to be pretty stupid and probably angry at the child’s mother. Especially when the beating was for pushing a brother away from a video game. Please get real on this, it is abuse period.

  108. Have you ever driven through a bush or branches while mowing a lawn? Even that can cause cuts, bleeding, and welts. Discipline is discipline. Sure he could have handled it a little better, may have not gone so far, may have stopped a while before this, but he did what his parents did to him. He disciplined his son the way his parents disciplined him. Yes a picture is worth a thousand words, but a picture can also make things look a lot worse than they really are. They can be altered and changed just as speaking it can. If this wasn’t the best running back in the NFL it wouldn’t be nearly as blown out of proportion as it is.

  109. What does a 4 year old child do to get whelps like this? NOTHING!!! You teach kids right from wrong at this age not beat them because they push someone over a toy. Yes, it’s abuse. No one should be beaten! Anyone that beats someone and leaves scars,is an abuser: especially if it’s a 4 year old child.

  110. This is so absurd to me! Yes I believe no woman or child should ever have to be subject to abuse! But if Rice or Peterson wasn’t in the NFL or media period they would not get the punishment of prison time or even losing their jobs! Other people have been beaten and even had broken bones or bruises black eyes or whatever and the cops or cps don’t do anything except a punishment program or a reatraining order! Just because these two are in the media and they have no privacy they get punished to the extreme! They are human too! Their are far more serious cases out their that people just turn their backs too! If you punish one punish all is all I’m saying equal treatment

  111. It’s crazy how they make these situations look its good he whip his son he still alive its tough love he teaching him discipline if he don’t when he get older and get caught doing something he don’t suppose to these cops will beat him are shoot him so it’s a lesson. With ray rice situation no man are woman should never put there hands on each other peo we don’t know what happen earlier that day are night they could of already got into it that day she attacked him first on that elevator and he didn’t punch her he slapped her and her head hit the pole in the elevator thats what knocked her out but people just make it seem like he beat her up if he wouldn’t of hit her she would of messed him up bad they never say nothing about women beating and fighting on men if a woman hit me im going to defend myself don’t care who don’t like it the same thing for women to if you hit a man you childish if he not beating are hitting on you and you get mad about something it doesn’t give you the right to hit him

  112. What does this teach a child? If I spanked any gentle reader here for a perceived infraction, regardless if it caused any injury, I would be arrested and sued. Why should it be different for when it happens to a child?

  113. I’ve read about this on another site and the kicker for me is that the punishment for the kid greatly exceeded the severity of his “crime”. Push your sibling and then get beaten til you’re bloody. Ridiculous.

  114. He turned himself in Well he really didn’t have any other choose as he was basically “caught out ” where else was he to go being who he is n with the financial backup of the Best Legal Advise I’m certain he had Really He Didn’t Hand himself Like his defences are trying to make it sound as though Oh this is just a big ole misunderstanding He is Innocent see the police didn’t have to go find him n he wasn’t a danger there were no handcuffs being used here Like even the Police can see he wasn’t doing what the law has required them to charge him with All Defence Smoke Screening Adrian Peterson Using the justification n rational that he used the same punishment that his father used upon him on his son Is More tring to wriggle out of the seriousness of what he did and that was plain n simple Adrian Peterson You Lost Your Temper n became Out of Control and Violently Assaulted Your Four Year Child. I don’t even agree with spanking a child and You can see the photos show this was No Spanking Or A Smack to Stop your Child touching the Hot Fire out of fear of the child getting burnt The photos clearly show his Skin is abbrassed cut open This is Abuse and Can You Imagine How Frightened this little boy was and How Much Each of those Assaults Hurt caused His little terrified mind and body pain from the Person he should be Trusting will Care Love Protect keep him safe from such terrors His Father.
    Shame on You Your a Brute Adrian Peterson and to use your own so called treatments of “punishment n statements of how thankful you are to this as your sure these abuses “Helped” you Helped You excuse me All the knowledge at parents hand made readily available all the information about children n what this kind of physical violence Can do that Is Never Helpful to a child’s growth Proves what a liar you are n that you are not at all sorry or concerned about your actions. Any one now Parent Or Non Parent knows that Punishment is not the answer for anything in life ….. When it comes to children You as a father parent are there to teach learn your children rights from wrongs To teach them how to problem solve n Bashing a child does not teach the child they have done the wrong thing

  115. Also 🙂 Adrian Peterson being in the sport he is is quite practice n learned to strategic tactical thinking problem solving all these skills r used in his sport so his speech about after seeing psychologist n being taught their are alternatives (n why is the word alternative being used. As assaulting Bashing a frightened little child causing physical bodily harm damaging the trust the child should have to feel safe protected by such bad things in life by a parent There are No Alternatives ? As thou Bashing is n option There is Only One Very Clear Message here There Is No Cause Reason to Assault Hurt Frighten A Child ) His Speech Is A Lie Adrian Peterson You Know What you did was Wrong Just Like you know it wrong n You’ll answer n quite likely b charged If you Hit one of the Grown Men you play your Sport with! He is a Brute who looses control and looses his temper n this would not be the first time I feel. I certainly hope He is made answerable for his sons sake n that he Is placed into therapy to learn about his self control issues as Reading his tweets about what he has done it is very obvious he is using every excuse to try n make what he has done sound reasonable Including how he was treated as a child this is not someone who feels shame remorse n believes he has done wrong.

  116. so hear is how i feel im a 16 year old boy and i was spanked and beat as a kid and im fine yes my parents have drawn blood and have left brusies so oh well my whole faimile does it my cousun was going down the wrong road and so my uncle beat him with his fist and knocked him out and now he is a good man. so beating is good and my parents are military and all my freinds get BEAT so get over it people its ok to do…

  117. He turned himself in after charges were filed. He did not turn himself in freely after beating his son. He actually stated in a text to his child’s mother he is the toughest of them all. Those pictures were 4 days after the fact. He deserves jail. That is child abuse. A 4 year old had to suffer at the hand of a monster (his own father)….There is nothing a 4 year old can do to deserve such a beating..disgusted by this monster!!

  118. From what I understand football is a much more violent activity than even most fans realize (as is evidence by how few realized what Tom Brady had been sniffing in his Gatorade cup was smelling salts because all players rely on smelling salts continually throughout a game to deal with the psychological trauma that is routinely sustained from playing professional football–I mean if people really realized how brutal the violence sustained by players in professional football is then this wouldn’t have been news to anybody, which it clearly was) and it is almost impossible to expect that players will not have problems from such trauma off the field. I am sure Peterson began with the best of intentions, because he does seem like a decent guy who just never thought this whole parenthood thing through, and was just using a form of punishment that was used on him; but that at some point he lost control.

    My point here is that this isn´t really about “switching” as much as it is about a man who works in a violent profession where head trauma is a weekly event for half the year and so we shouldn’t be surprised about the violent consequences of the abuse he has been sustaining his whole career. More importantly he shouldn’t be surprised by it either.

    My questions to people who are willing to play professional football is that while you might be okay suffering the consequences of your decision is it alright to impose them on your children. It seems that if we were being honest with ourselves any responsible person would quit playing professional football once they knew they were going to have a child, but by then of course the damage would still have most likely already been done anyway.

  119. No I did not grow up in the south
    I just received your email response. .however..the south..the north.does not make it correct to use a switch..I am a SINGLE MOM IF 5 GIRLS..DAUGHTER’S. .I have NEVER…used a switch or left a mark..I spoke with my kids..Sat then down..yes the had time out..or phones taken away bug as a SINGLE MOM..they are honor roll kids..know right from wrong w no father in the Home Daily n no marks on there skin..It is all about the time you put in verbally, emotionally & PHYSICALLY …POSITIVE. .

  120. so he basicly got off, we would be in jail and never see our kids again, 4 yrs old ,he is scum of the earth.I hope another player hits him so hard he never gets up, cocky scum of the earth, he is a nobody but a child abuser,he thinks he is all that, well think again, i hope you get boo’s every where you go. and maby the next time it will be someone your own size that beats the crap out of you, child beater.

  121. Well I got a switch used on me and I remember it stung and red welts . I had a belt used on me left red marks….I do not remember blood …these pictures are disturbing …he cross the line …the dad lost his temper…he needs anger management .kids will love their parents even after this….maybe a father and child therapy .Hope he can continue getting help and become a loving father

  122. the welts on the child’s legs are more severe than they should have been. i feel this is due to two main factors: 1)the choice of “switch”- taken from a tree, it’s likely to have a rough surface and possible small protrusions/irregularities, 2)Peterson is about 6’1″/ 217lbs and a pro athlete. I believe these two factors combined to render injuries worse than they might have been. however, what he did, although excessive, was not wrong in itself. he at least had the sense not to use his hand, which would’ve carried much more force. striking the boy on the legs is curious, as the usual place of focus is the bottom.
    a parent has the right, no, duty, to discipline their child when necessary. How it’s done and with what appropriateness is the real issue.

  123. I sincerely hope that Mr Peterson gets his on the field someday soon. I don’t hope he is seriously injured but if he is,then we can say, “that’s football culture”. What a moronic nation we have become.

  124. I’ve been hit with a belt when I was little. Maybe not enough to have had psychological damage beside low self-esteem. I still don’t think it is necessary. I’ve spanked my kids a couple of times & didn’t like how it felt. When you spank out of anger, it is unhealthy. Time-outs worked amazingly better. I wanted my kids to choose to behave in an appropriate way, even if I wasn’t there. They grew-up to be people I not only love, but genuinely like & am proud of.
    The best thing for Adrian Peterson’s kids would be for him to be a good father, maybe not go 2 jail, just yet. Supervised visits ,for now,. for sure. He definately went too far & should not be given the chance to do this to any of his children.
    Parenting classes were a great help to me & my spouse (we both knew we were carrying issues from our childhoods).
    There is simply a better way than spanking & screaming. Creating a healthy relationship with your kids is very rewarding. I didn’t want to have the same relationship with my kids that I have with my parents.

  125. No, it’s not OK to beat a child but taking way his livelihood isn’t going to make him a better father or husband. He may need parenting classes or not be allowed around children with out someone being present. He may need the nanny on TV on how to raise children! But to say from now on the person isn’t allowed to work or it’s OK to work as a cashier or truck driver but not a football player is a little crazy. Is the law going to have a list of jobs that your allowed to do when you’re brought up on charges or is welfare the only thing allowed?

  126. I think we’re all ignoring the bigger picture here… Is he guilty? I think the evidence stands for itself. OF COURSE HE IS! But we have to realize that Psychologists have definitely found that patterns of abuse are chain-linked to a person’s own past.

    That doesn’t mean we excuse away the offense committed here. I for one, think its absolutely disgusting! What I will say though, is we have to try and look deeper into this. I feel that Adrian Peterson himself may also be a victim. And THIS is why we MUST stop abuse. It gets passed down from generation to generation.

    If it were just a rage of anger followed by Adrian hitting his child with an open fist or some other “instant” retaliation, then I would attribute it to many potential avenues of possibility. But we have to THINK about the “METHODOLOGY” in which he delivered what he THOUGHT discipline looked like. A switch? Gathered from the tree?? There is DEFINITELY a “PATTERNED” historical marking in this act of supposed discipline/abuse.

    I bet we could easily trace Adrian’s own childhood experiences back to such acts of abuse. Its important to remember that no matter how DISGUSTING the act we see committed, that we also ask the tougher “WHY” question behind it. We can’t prevent future cases if we don’t track the events to their origin.

    It is my STRONGEST belief, this act, and its very DISTINCT pattern of gaining a switch out of a tree, is a reenactment of memories of his own childhood experiences……. And if that’s the case, PUNISH the man, but REMEMBER, he too is PROBABLY a victim himself!!

    Keep that in mind as we move forward in this case…

  127. I got popped on the behind more than once as a kid. But never did I get smacked from one end of my body to the other with a switch, belt or anything else. BIG DIFFERENCE. I have always loved watching Peterson play, but using such things on a 4 yr old is something I cant ignore. My opinion of him is forever changed.

  128. I don’t think I ever got a switching that did NOT raise welts. That was the point; and it made it painfully clear what I did wrong to merit it. I did not get switched for just any trivial action – the punishment was commensurate with my actions.
    I do not think anyone can tell the severity of actual injury just from these photographs. But, they do not seem to rise to the level to which Mr. Peterson is being accused. If he was not in the public eye, it probably would never have been commented upon.
    BTW – I NEVER switched my kids, but they did get a swat on the rear on several occasions. For me, it was more to get their attention – and I spent a lot of time talking after swatting.

  129. The only thing I have to say is that this fall I went out to pick the last of my cherry tomatoes & regular tomatoes because of possible freezing that night. When I was done & brought in all the tomatoes I noticed a 6 inch scratch on my left arm, which was bleeding, & then I notice I had a another smaller on about 3 inches on my right arm, that was bleeding, and I didn’t even know it…not to mention many scratches all over my arms & even on my lower legs. Now most of these scratches were just scratches that did not bleed, but they were bright red. Now I had these scratches for about one weeks (most of them) and the two that were bleeding on my arms and some other scratches took a lot longer (about 2 weeks) and longer for the two bleeding ones. Now I didn’t even know I had any of these until I came into the house & notices the long bleeding one on my left arm, so I see scratches 4 days old & marks, doesn’t seem that bad? I wish I would of taken picture of my scratches all over my arms. If branches from tomato plants could do that many scratches that I didn’t even know I got them, a switch from a tree makes more marks than a person even feels.

  130. I know what Peterson & other r talking about when they say I was whoop as kid, but as a kid when u were being whoop & could not Indore the pain, y would u as a father who probably don’t get 2 see ur son as often as u would like, get that upset , but I really don’t kno what a 4yr old could have done 2 catch u off guard,as a mother & grandmother they r the funness & pranker, & don’t listen times, u made a mistake & as adult’s, women & men u learn from ur mistake , & not let the world judge who u really r as a person i don’t think he should lose anything that was done in the inside of his home some people r not going 2, understand but so what take care of ur own home , people on the outside will always have an opinion, I think u should go 2 ur son and explain what’s going on ,and just say u ,r sorry until ur son say OK daddy I kno,good luck & god bless .

  131. While I do believe in spanking your child. whipping them is a whole different ball of wax.To those of you that spank your children. Do you leave bruises on them when your done? How many swats is enough. I was going to cut Adrian some slack, but after seeing the pictures of his child and how many bruises and welts he, had I’m not. With that said the NFL is wrong. He beat his kid in May and August the NFL imposes new restrictions after the fact. The NFL is violating the rules of contract law and criminal law to make themselves look good. Can you say lawsuit?

  132. . family shit should never be shown to the public, there should be rules on this. It wasn’t that bad, I’ve gotten the wooden spoon before and that healed right up without people calling my dad an asshole. You know some people can be told “no” and some can’t. I needed someone to discipline me because I didn’t listen to them and it worked. so don’t go around judging people for this shit when you have no idea what actually happened and just because you never hit your kids or whatever. chill out.

  133. I am not against a spanking if a child is rebellious. But this is dangerous abuse. Way, way over the top. He may have received this kind of beating when he was a child and he may not understand the brevity of what he did to his son. He needs some help along with correction to really get a grip and to change his heart and understanding. We often do what our parents did and even if we regret it don’t really know how to change by ourselves without help. Sad thing is real help is hard to find, and often the person who needs it the most is often ashamed to seek it. It is sad that there is a stigma attached to seeking counseling. Yet it is ok to mentored by a coach in sports, taught music by a teacher. or learn mechanics from a mechanics teacher. Why are folks ashamed to seek other kinds of council or help. Parents don’t get a set of instructions when their children are born. you don’t take classes before you get married. It really should be mandatory to take classes on being married and being a parent before you can get a license. Just like before getting a license to drive. Today a lot of churches are doing just that. They won’t marry a couple until they attend classes on marriage. It should also include the challenges of parenting. At least it is a step in the right direction. Also, that sport and a few others are very violent today. It used to be more about skill now it is a lot about violence. These players face another challenge in trying to stay calm in a difficult situation that might arise in marriage or parenting. It is hard to separate your emotions when you are running on adrenaline most of the time. Just a thought….

  134. I am from the old days where parents whipped their children. Society is so hung up on abuse in the wrong way. These kids need to be spanked. If any of us were truthful and we’re raised with love we would admit that we got spanked and had whips on us like this kid and we’re still alive and better for it. Time out and taking don’t work cause these kids don’t respond to that. I don’t see marks on that kids back or upper body just below the waist where they would be. Yall that are so against him disciplining his kid might need to take a few lessons. I would love to see how your kids turn out with no spankings. The majority will be bad as hell.

    As for the other young man with the fiance. I don’t condone hitting women I’m a woman but she hit and spit on him. She didn’t deserve to be knocked out but she should have been a receiver of some thing.

  135. Also by the way I have two boys that have never hit a female and got spanked with no problems. They are 21 & 17. Are in no gangs and both in school to be doctors. Why cause I’m there mother not their friend . You talk to your friends but you discipline your children.

  136. Im no viking fan but im a mother 3boys and i believe he should be in jail and stop his whinning and justifiable behavior. They should stop his pay and anything else a person as himself does not deserve regardless his awesome recored of running back. He needs to be locked up for along time just as anyone else. I feel that because the nfl is still paying he is only only helping him get away with such crap that is so intolerable. I feel he is a huge pile of crap and whoever has his back should feel so ashamed

  137. This man should be in prison. This is slavery when a child is beaten like this. This man has the mentality of people who owned slaves because this child has no say. If he hates this child or resents that he was born and doesnt want him then he needs to give him up. What a peeg!

  138. One or two whacks YES but he lost control-never spank your child when angry folks but to be honest here more kids need a spanking because they are so disrespectful and I blame the parents. I have 3 respectful children. Yes sir yes man no thank your

  139. I know that Peterson loves his son. I remember a long time ago, we actually had to go and get a tree branch to give our parents to beat us. We were much older like 8 and up. I think Time-out has become a joke with kids because they become class clowns thinking its funny standing in a corner making the whole class laugh at them. Kids are different now. I remember taking my grandson, “4 years-old” to Walmart and he was horrible, I wanted to whip him in the store on the floor! He was crawling all over the place and not listening, climbing under the clothes rack etc. It was horrible. A lady saw me and told me that he is not disciplined and shook her head. Look at the boy on Dr. Phil that slapped his Mother. I say, suspend him for 2 games and let him play.

  140. hey,WOULD SOME OF THE BIG STRONG FOOTBALLERS,MEN GET SOME SKI MASKS,GRAB UP THIS “PETERSON PUKE”,TAKE HIM OUT IN THE WOODS,STRIP,AND BEAT HIM LIKE HE DID THAT CHILD,VIDEOTAPE IT,AND PUT IT ALLOVER THE WORLD,MAYBE THAT WOULD STOP THESE PIGS FROM HITTIN KIDS,IT’ S JUST NOT A FAIR MATCH OF PUNISHMENT,””SPANK ADULTS,NOT KIDS”

  141. I feel he spanked the child with a switch as many of the older generation had these marks and lived through it. He did not take his fist and beat the child or break bones, etc. He taught a lesson that most likely will not be forgotten because the switch stings, fists break.

  142. What could a 4 year old boy or girl have done to deserve the kind of beating that would draw blood? It is inexcusable and is flat out child abuse. Adrian Peterson should be behind bars. Society and professional sports have to crack down on this type of violence.

  143. Liberal pussys beat your children so they don’t turn into whiney disrespectful assholes, that’s what’s wrong with America we don’t beat our kids enough anymore because of all this sissy love crap doctors have been spewing I’d like to see these kids grow up in the 50s and 60s.
    The next time your child tells you to F off try a ass whooping , I promise better results than a “oh that’s okay hunny. Your just expressing yourself ”
    Wake up morons

  144. WTF!? I thought that when I finally saw the pictures of the “beating” that I would be shocked and that I would, too, be calling for Peterson’s head. But, no, I’m sorry; AP got a raw deal.

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  146. I’m sorry if no one agrees with what I’m about to say but it’s my opinion me being a mother but Adrain Peterson should be arrested for child abuse and fired from the NFL not only is he a pro football player but he is a full grown man beating a four year old toddler with a stick what in the hell could this baby have done that was so terrible that he had to beat him so bad that he drew blood what if someone beat him like that. And as for Ray Rice him and his fiancé has some serious issues cause if he knocked her ass out like that on a public elevator what will he do to her in the privacy of their own home

  147. He would never have gotten to my child that way. He would of had to kill me first. He must be out of his mind! If he was beaten that way as a child his father was out of his mind. If that was my child, Adrian would never see that child again, unless the child wanted to see him, he gets counseling for anger management, and visits are supervised, until the child is old enough to make his own decision as to whether or not he wants to see that man. Disgusting!

  148. This is so wrong….
    It makes me want to cry for this poor kid.
    What parent thinks this is an acceptable way to teach or punish your child?
    What does this poor kid learn?
    Nothing but fear….
    Poor kid

  149. Jesus when I was a kid I was beat up till I couldnt stand or sit on my ass
    I was bleeding and brusied like crazy
    you pussy ass white people need to stop whining

    when I heard about this I thought he killed him damn so many faggots in the comment section

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