Speaking publicly for the first time since Adrian Peterson was indicted in a child abuse case in Texas, his mother told the Houston Chronicle on Wednesday her son is "trying hard to be a good parent."
"I don't care what anybody says. Most of us disciplined our kids a little more than we meant sometimes," Bonita Jackson, 50, said in an interview from her home in Spring, a Houston suburb. "But we were only trying to prepare them for the real world."
From the article:
Jackson said that both she and his father, Nelson Peterson, who lives in Dallas, were "big disciplinarians" with their children as they grew up, She said she used her hand, switches and belts to occasionally spank all of her six children in order to correct their behavior.
She said her son, who married in July, has six children from different mothers. He supports and sees those children often. "He wants to be a good father to them all," she said.
While her son's success has brought him accolades, she said it also puts him in the limelight so that every nuance of his life is dissected under the microscope. "People are cruel and forget that this is about a family struggling to survive and do what's best," she said.
Here's a look at some of what's being written about the Adrian Peterson child injury case on the web:
Writing on the Sports Illustrated web site, SI.com, attorney Mitchell McCann explains the legal process that could be ahead and how the National Football League may react.
Of the legal process, McCann writes:
"In cases involving parents charged with excessive beatings of their children, parents typically argue that their style of discipline was reasonable under the circumstances. They also emphasize that their methods reflected not anger or short temper, but a strategic desire to properly train their children. Peterson’s text messages arguably signal a desire to educate a misbehaving child rather than to sadistically inflict physical harm."
About the NFL, he adds that the league's new domestic violence policy may not apply, as written, because the policy as (commissioner Roger) Goodell has expressed it could be argued by Peterson's legal team that it "only contemplates NFL players hitting their spouses or partners, not their children." But McCann also points out that Goodell could punish Peterson under the league's personal conduct policy -- and then the commissioner would also be the one hearing the appeal.
You can read McCann's entire article here.
On Yahoo! Sports, Vikings management was lauded for quickly making Peterson inactive for Sunday's game, and said the Baltimore Ravens should have followed a similar approach with Ray Rice.
Eric Adelson wrote: "This entire wretched week has been given over to whether NFL teams should let the legal process take its course in a case of an arrest for abuse. Yes, there are times when the evidence is not enough to override due process. But domestic violence is not often fabricated. And on occasion the details of a police report are so graphic and so heinous that a decision needs to be made for the benefit of the league and the general public. This is not a football decision or a business decision, but a moral decision. The Vikings made that decision quickly and correctly."
Read his entire piece, which as of 1 p.m. Saturday had 775 comments, here.
A Houston TV station broadcast this report with Texas legal expert Brian Wice.
"The law wants to use the right to give parents the right to use reasonable discipline," he said, later adding: In this situation, the issues was whether or not Adrian Peterson's behavior was reasonable under the circumstances, and whether his conduct created a substantial risk of injury to this child."
Watch the report here:
Locally, on the Vikings fan blog Daily Norseman, writer Ted Glover wrote that the Vikings should release Peterson:
Glover wrote: "Look, I quit being the moral arbiter of what players do sometime after the Love Boat fiasco in 2005. I came to the conclusion that if a team can put up with the irresponsible actions of their players, I can cheer for them for three hours on Sunday, and not give them a second thought the other six days and 21 hours. Still, I've been a fan of this team for over 40 years, and this is the most dumbfounded I've ever been.Think about that for a second. For ALL the gross buffoonery we've had to deal with, and that's really saying something for this franchise, this one makes me the sickest of all of them and really makes me question why I cheer for this team."
Read Glover's entire post here.
Former Timberwolves forward Anthony Tolliver tweeted about the situation, and then had second thoughts. Here's a series of three tweets.
Switches &belts probably saved my life growing up. I didnt act up bcuz I didnt want a spanking! Time outs,n my opinion, r way less effective— Anthony Tolliver (@ATolliver44) September 12, 2014
Definitely dont support that! Like I said spanking is one thing...that looks very excessive! Shoudve seen the pics before tweeting. ..my bad— Anthony Tolliver (@ATolliver44) September 12, 2014
The headlines need to say something else besides "Spanking"...led a lot of people (including myself) to believe it was a normal punishment— Anthony Tolliver (@ATolliver44) September 13, 2014
Those tweets were among a batch from National Basketball Association players compiled by Michael Brumagin on the Sheridan Hoops basketball blog.
One of the themes of the late-night Monday Night Football game between Arizona and San Diego, which we're assuming most of you turned off before the Cardinals rallied for an 18-17 victory, was that Larry Fitzgerald wasn't getting the ball thrown to him very much.
According to espn.com, Fitzgerald was thrown to only four times, and caught only one pass for 22 yards. The former Academy of Holy Angels star wasn't thrown to at all during the first three quarters.
That didn't sit well with his father, Twin Cities sports journalist Larry Fitzgerald Sr.
He spoke out on Twitter:
As a child teaching my son football.I was a lineman.I told them every play I hit somebody.He said dad I want to be a receiver.I told him-— Larry Fitzgerald Sr. (@FitzBeatSr) September 9, 2014
Being a receiver you can work hard run all game and your dependent on the coach calling your number.And the quarterback getting you the ball— Larry Fitzgerald Sr. (@FitzBeatSr) September 9, 2014
The world saw on Monday Night Football the politics and business of football.If its been decided that you are not getting the ball just win— Larry Fitzgerald Sr. (@FitzBeatSr) September 9, 2014
Late Tuesday night, his son took to Twitter to distance himself from his father's tweets:
My fathers inflammatory comments dont reflect my feelings or mood. We're 1-0 & working tirelessly to be 2-0 this week thats my only concern.— Larry Fitzgerald (@LarryFitzgerald) September 10, 2014
On Wednesday morning, Hall of Fame receiver Cris Carter joined in. Carter and Fitzgerald have a long-standing relationship, going back to when Carter played for the Vikings and the younger Fitzgerald was a ballboy for the team when Dennis Green was head coach.
Talking on ESPN2's Mike & Mike show, Carter told Mike Greenberg that "his dad and I were friends."
But Carter had harsh words for Fitzgerald Sr.: "I think his comments were absolutely ridiculous. The (Cardinals) organization made a commitment to Larry Fitzgerald the day they drafted him. ... Not only on the field but off the field. I think it's ridiculous and uncalled for. He sounds like a Little League dad."
Dan Hanzus of NFL.com also added his perspective: "The truth of the matter is that (quarterback) Carson Palmer isn't looking in Fitzgerald's direction on a play-by-play basis because he doesn't have to. Michael Floyd has emerged as a big playmaker (as evidenced by his 63-yard reception on Monday night). John Brown, who scored the go-ahead touchdown against the Chargers, has T.Y. Hilton-like ability, while running back Andre Ellington is expected to have a big role as a rusher and receiver."
You can read Hanzus' report here.
Royals pitcher Liam Hendriks, who shut down the Twins on Wednesday, wasn't the only former Twins player who had a big night.
In Toronto, Danny Valencia hit a three-run pinch-hit homer to rally the Blue Jays to a 4-2 victory over Boston. It was his first homer as a member of the Blue Jays, who acquired him from Kansas City earlier this season.
Then he talked about it:
For Oakland, Sam Fuld came up in the top of the ninth inning with Oakland and the Astros tied at 3. This happened:
For good measure, and because it's Throwback Thursday, we'll add this mammoth home run from Pittsburgh first baseman Ike Davis, who grew up in Edina while his father, early 1980s closer Ron Davis, was allowing a blast or two for the Twins.
Meanwhile, the Twins have scored two runs in two days.
Just as Andrew Wiggins and his new teammates are being formally welcomed to Minnesota, the Cleveland Cavaliers are having a press conference to introduce Kevin Love at 2 p.m.
You can watch live video here.
And if you click on the link before or after, you'll see a Live Blog from the Cavaliers, too.
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