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Jonathan Dwyer arrested for domestic violence

pi-nfl-cardinals-jonathan-dwyer-081814Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer was arrested yesterday for domestic violence against his wife and his one-year-old child. The assault took place in Arizona over a two day period in July. His wife, who suffered a broken bone in the incident, didn’t report it to authorities until September 11.

Is this just the way things are now in the NFL? Players abuse women and children and we had better just get used to it?

It almost feels that way. The NFL has always had its fair share of criminals. Now that the league is comprised of 32 teams, it stands to reason that with more players, there are going to be more violent criminals.

Why did his wife wait so long to report the assaults, especially since she had the physical evidence of a broken bone? This Titter tweet might have had something to do with it:


This was made two days before she went to authorities. That seems more than a coincidence to me.

Vikings change their mind about Adrian Peterson

ap-3Looks like Adrian Peterson will have more time to beat his kids and post weird, religious sounding missives on the Twitter. The Minnesota Vikings have reversed their earlier decision and will not be playing Peterson this Sunday against the New Orleans Saints. They’ve placed him on something called the NFL’s exempt/commissioner’s permission list until the whole child abuse thing is resolved.

Evidently he wont be allowed to be around the team while on the list. It’s not clear if he will still be drawing a paycheck during his absence, but since his agent seems to be fine with it, I’m guessing that he will still get paid.

Baltimore Orioles win the American League East

Baltimore Orioles win the American League East The Baltimore Orioles beat the Toronto Blue Jays last night 8-2 and with the win, they locked up the American League East. It’s the first division title for the Orioles in 17 years.

To put this achievement into context, the last time the Orioles were AL East Champions, Cal Ripken Jr. was at third, Brady Anderson roamed centerfield, and Chris Hoiles was behind the plate.  The Peacemaker, starring George Clooney and Nicole Kidman was the number one movie. Bill Clinton was President of the United States and nobody yet knew about his relationship with Monica Lewinsky. Elton John’s remake of Candle in the Wind, a tribute to Lady Di, was the number one song.

Between then and now, the Orioles played a lot of sucky baseball. They put together 14 straight losing seasons after 1997. It was a bad time to be Orioles fan. It was a bad time to be a watcher of baseball in Maryland.

One of the most remarkable things about this season is that they were able to win the division without the services of two of their best players, Matt Wieters and Manny Machado.

Last night’s game on TV was pretty special. MASN chose not to go to commercial between the eighth and ninth inning. Instead, they just showed the crowd and the players take the field to get the last three outs. The best part was that they had Gary Thorne and Jim Palmer in the broadcast booth turn their mics off. The only sound you heard were the cheers of the crowd as the Orioles took the field. It was nice.

No matter what happens in the playoffs, winning the American League East is quite an achievement.

Child abuser Adrian Peterson releases a statement

Child abuser Adrian PetersonMinnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson released a statement yesterday addressing the criminal charge that he physically abused his four-year-old son with a tree branch.

The statement:

My attorney has asked me not to discuss the facts of my pending case. I hope you can respect that request and help me honor it. I very much want the public to hear from me but I understand that it is not appropriate to talk about the facts in detail at this time. Nevertheless, I want everyone to understand how sorry I feel about the hurt I have brought to my child.

I never wanted to be a distraction to the Vikings organization, the Minnesota community or to my teammates. I never imagined being in a position where the world is judging my parenting skills or calling me a child abuser because of the discipline I administered to my son.

I voluntarily appeared before the grand jury several weeks ago to answer any and all questions they had. Before my grand jury appearance, I was interviewed by two different police agencies without an attorney. In each of these interviews I have said the same thing, and that is that I never ever intended to harm my son. I will say the same thing once I have my day in court.

I have to live with the fact that when I disciplined my son the way I was disciplined as a child, I caused an injury that I never intended or thought would happen. I know that many people disagree with the way I disciplined my child. I also understand after meeting with a psychologist that there are other alternative ways of disciplining a child that may be more appropriate.

I have learned a lot and have had to reevaluate how I discipline my son going forward. But deep in my heart I have always believed I could have been one of those kids that was lost in the streets without the discipline instilled in me by my parents and other relatives. I have always believed that the way my parents disciplined me has a great deal to do with the success I have enjoyed as a man. I love my son and I will continue to become a better parent and learn from any mistakes I ever make.

I am not a perfect son. I am not a perfect husband. I am not a perfect parent, but I am, without a doubt, not a child abuser. I am someone that disciplined his child and did not intend to cause him any injury. No one can understand the hurt that I feel for my son and for the harm I caused him. My goal is always to teach my son right from wrong and that’s what I tried to do that day.

I accept the fact that people feel very strongly about this issue and what they think about my conduct. Regardless of what others think, however, I love my son very much and I will continue to try to become a better father and person.

If you’ve read any of the incoherent, mistake-ridden texts that Adrian Peterson sent the mother of the child he abused, then you know that there is zero chance he wrote this statement. I doubt Adrian Peterson could even read this statement without help, let alone write it.

With that said, it doesn’t sound as though he is at all sorry that he physically abused his own child.

He mentions that he never intended to injure his son. So what? I doubt many abusers of children intend to harm their victims. The physical act is the problem, not the intent. By Peterson’s own account, he beat his son 10-15 times with the tree branch. As the photos show, he left many open wounds on his son’s body. He didn’t take his son to the doctor, even though according to the reports, one of the wounds was on his son’s scrotum.

To physically punish a four-year-old to the extent that it leaves a wound on the boy’s scrotum, is barbaric. To then not seek medical treatment for your son’s injuries, the injuries you caused, is inhuman.

Adrian Peterson is a terrible person. He deserves to be in jail.

Adrian Peterson facing two years in prison

Green Bay Packers v Minnesota VikingsMinnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson is facing up to two years in a Texas prison for beating his four-year-old child repeatedly with a tree branch, causing multiple cuts, bruises, and abrasions on the young boys legs, buttocks, and scrotum.

Yes, the scrotum.

I feel like unless Peterson is incarcerated for a substantial period of time, he will not get punished. Not really. How do you fine a multi-millionaire unless the fine includes lots of zeroes and a few commas? You can’t. Fines in the criminal justice system are geared towards normal humans, not star professional athletes. The maximum fine Peterson is facing from this incident is $10,000.

That’s nothing to him.

Peterson reportedly sent the following text messages to the boy’s mother in Minnesota:

Got him in nuts once I noticed. But I felt so bad, n I’m all tearing that butt up when needed! I start putting them in timeout. N save the whooping for needed memories!

Never do I go overboard! But all my kids will know, hey daddy has the biggie heart but don’t play no games when it comes to acting right.

What did Peterson’s four-year-old child do to deserve the “whooping”? He supposedly pushed one of Peterson’s other children, a five-year-old boy, off a video game they were all playing. For that, a professional football player attacks his lower extremities with a tree branch. I guess an old car antenna wasn’t handy.

Adrian Peterson has at least five children, all with different mothers. According to an ex-girlfriend, he may have up to seven children. That doesn’t include Tyrese, the child he never met who was murdered two years ago by the mother’s boyfriend.

Adrian Peterson, child abuser

947929-19629591-1600-900Who’s worse than a man who punches his long-time girlfriend and the mother of his child in a casino elevator, rendering her unconscious? A man who abuses his 4-year-old child with a tree branch, leaving a series of cuts, bruises, and abrasions on his back, buttocks, ankles, legs and scrotum, that’s who.

Adrian Peterson, star running back of the Minnesota Vikings was indicted in Montgomery County, Texas, for reckless or negligent injury to a child. An arrest warrant was issued.

In case you’re wondering if this was just a good old-fashioned spanking, the kind a loving father administers to his child as a way of correcting bad behavior, allow me to nip that idea right in the bud. Here are some photos taken of the boy a week after the spanking assault:

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The Vikings deactivated Peterson for Sunday’s home game against the Patriots. He should get used to that, not playing football on Sundays.

You know who’s really to blame for the injuries? According to Peterson, the child. From Nick Wright at CBS Houston:

Peterson also expressed regret that his son did not cry – because then, Peterson said, he would have known that the switch was doing more damage than intended.

If only the child had cried, Peterson would have known the extent of the harm he was inflicting. Stupid kid with his stupid stiff upper lip. Doesn’t he realize how much trouble his non-crying ways have gotten his daddy into?

Peterson probably doesn’t realize it yet, but his NFL career is over. You can’t whip a 4-year-old child’s exposed scrotum with a tree branch and expect to keep on playing in the National Football League.

Not anymore.