Domestic Violence in the NFL…Again

Shortly after the Ray Rice scandal where he knocked out his now wife in an elevator, another player was in the spotlight for domestic violence.  Adrian Peterson, an extremely talented NFL player, and the star running back on the Minnesota Vikings, was accused of beating his son, apparently with a stick.  Some may say Peterson is one of the best, if not the best, running back in the league.  Not only is this another domestic violence case to hit the NFL, but this one is sadly child abuse.

Peterson had his child staying with him in Texas.  He allegedly sent text messages to the chid’s mother making light of the fact that he had abused the child.  When the child saw a doctor after returning to his mother, who lives in Minnesota, Peterson was quickly taken into custody. He got released on a $15,000 bond, and was indicted for child abuse.  His lawyers said that he loves his son and this was his way of discipling his child.  However, the other side of the lawsuit saw this as abuse, not normal discipline.  Peterson recently had to deal with the tragedy of a child passing away, so the public was shocked that he was the one being accused of such a cruel act against one of his other children.

Peterson voluntarily testified before a grand jury for several hours and cooperated fully with authorities.  He recently accepted a plea deal so that he could avoid jail time.  He plead no contest, and will have to pay a fine of $4,000, do 80 hours of community service, and be placed on probation.

The Minnesota Vikings suspended Peterson when this situation was first brought to their attention.  However, there has been a lot of debate as to whether he (and Ray Rice for that matter) should be allowed to come back and play football.  Some people say that they should not be allowed to play because of what they have done, and others say that they should be allowed to come back.  Many NFL players have gone to prison, served their time, and came back to play in the league.  These cases are unfortunately no different from that.  They went before a judge, got their sentences, and now they expect to be allowed to play football again.  It is not set in stone if Peterson will be back this season, but the NFL Players Association supposedly wants to let him have the opportunity to play again sometime in the near future.

The NFL gets the stamp of good guy for handling the outcome of this case the way they did.  Allowing Peterson the opportunity to come and play again is the right thing to do.  Although he did a terrible thing, if he faces his consequences, then whether the public agrees with it or not, letting him play is the fair way to handle this situation.

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