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, 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.

Baltimore Orioles Chris Davis suspended 25 games for taking amphetamines

GtZfKtwBaltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis was suspended by Major League Baseball for testing positive for amphetamines.

Davis released the following statement:

I apologize to my teammates, coaches, the Orioles organization and especially the fans. I made a mistake by taking Adderall. I had permission to use it in the past, but do not have a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) this year. I accept my punishment and will begin serving my suspension immediately.

Adderall? That’s a drug for kids who have ADHD. Davis seems more than happy to sit for 25 games. I almost get the impression that he’s just glad he didn’t get caught for taking something else.

A therapeutic use exemption (TUE) is something covered in the Joint Drug Agreement between MLB and the Major League Baseball Players Association. It essentially allows a player to take a banned substance if they have a doctor’s note and they promise, cross their heart hope to die, that what they’re taking isn’t being taken to give them a competitive edge. MLB allowed Alex Rodriguez to use performance enhancers before they didn’t allow him to use them, and he simply kept on using them.
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I assume from Davis’ statement that he was probably using amphetamines with the league’s blessing last year when he hit 53 home runs and batted in 138 runs.

For having such gaudy numbers last year, Davis was having a terrible season this year. He was hitting only .196, but he hit 26 home runs and hit 72 runs batted in. He also had 173 strkeouts, second most in MLB.

If you have a problem with the Ray Rice story, blame Diane Ruberton

Diane Ruberton

Diane Ruberton

It seems the entire sports world has been wringing its collective hands over the Ray Rice elevator video. Some have been calling for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to be fired over his handling of the entire situation.

It’s hard to watch the video and understand how Goodell could suspend Rice for only two games. What I have an even harder time understanding is how Diane Ruberton, the First Assistant Prosecutor of Atlantic County, New Jersey, could look at that video and then allow Rice to avoid a trial or even admitting guilt. Unlike Goodell, Ruberton is paid a salary to make sure people like Rice pay for their crimes.

That didn’t happen in this case.

Ray Rice punched a woman, not because he was defending himself, but because he was angry. He’s not allowed to do that. This is the United States of America, not Iran or Saudi Arabia.

If Ruberton did her job, the job the people of Atlantic County paid her to do, Rice would have gone through a criminal trial. He would have had to answer in a court of law for what he did, what he can be seen doing on the security video. The fact that he did not have to do that was because of a failure of the criminal justice system, not because of the National Football League or its idiot commissioner.

Everyone has a function in our society. Roger Goodell’s function is to oversee a silly, yet very popular sports league. Diane Ruberton’s function is to make sure bad people pay for the crimes they commit in the legal jurisdiction of Atlantic County. It’s Ruberton who ultimately failed to do their job, not Goodell.