Screen Shot 2014-11-18 at 4.28.50 PMThis year has been a trying one for star athletes. The NFL has suspended embattled running back for the Minnesota Vikings, Adrian Peterson indefinitely and without pay. The league confirmed in a statement released on Tuesday that Peterson will have to wait until April 15, 2015 to be considered for reinstatement.

This announcement is another indication of the seriousness of Peterson’s ongoing case involving his indictment on charges that he subjected his four-year old son to extreme forms of abuse. Matters were made worse by the Ray Rice controversy, which drew criticism for the way it was initially handled. The NFL had no choice but to act swiftly by penalizing Peterson and regulating him to the “exempt list”.

A couple of weeks ago, Peterson ended up pleading no contest to a single misdemeanor count of reckless assault. This should have been enough to put the issue to rest but apparently the NFL is still wary about the idea of reinstating Peterson. If he does attempt to appeal his suspension, there is a big possibility that it will be extended through the next season.

Looks like the NFL is using Peterson as an example of what can happen if domestic or child abuse is remotely associated with one of its players.

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  • Anthony

    If the NFL really cares about Peterson’s children, it will let him go back to work next year. That said, Peterson deserved his suspension for being such a monumental dumbass. First, making seven kids with five women was dumb. Second, as Kris Carter said on ESPN’s Mike & Mike, he only has partial custody over most of his kids, seeing a kid maybe a weekend a month only to wail on him with a switch like a runaway slave is dumb. Not being smart enough to say he was wrong for beating his kid bad enough to split his scrotum in his public statement is dumb. Smoking dope while on bail, and casually admitting it in court was dumb too.

    Peterson needs to run that football, I’m not sure he is smart enough to do anything else.

    • ALM247

      People keep caping for this man, but if he was Joe Smith at the 7Eleven, he would lose his job for having these types of charges.

      Believe me, when I was a recruiter I saw people fired for much less than this. I’m not sure where people who comment online work that allows people to catch charges and keep their jobs.

      Peterson needs to get some help. The lack of income is not the important issue here. Some people seem to mainly care about the financial piece of this, but all those kids are going to remember is a father who they barely saw who only showed up to beat them.

    • Anthony

      I can see perfectly the logic of banning Peterson from football. I support him playing not because I am a fan, but because I don’t think the man has anything of value to offer his children except a lot of money. It would be fine with me if he were denied visitation, especially the children he has had with women other than his wife. The money he can earn, however, she be shared with all of his children.

    • Mary Burrell

      @Anthony: “Split Scrotum” My eyebrows are going up to my temples right now. I am needing to take some ibuprophen. I have a headache from reading your and ALM247’s post commments.

  • ALM247

    I feel as if the writer of this article wants me to drum up sympathy for this man, but I just don’t feel sorry for him.

    One of his other children has already died due to the abuse of one of the boyfriends? of the mother of one of his children.

    Then he beats his young son in his PRIVATES. I’m not male, and every time I think about it I want to cry. Who beats their child so hard that they hit them with a pulling switch between the legs? He could have seriously damaged that young boy for the future.

    Peterson needs to check himself into a residential counseling facility. None of his behavior is that of a normal, sane person. There is a difference between a spanking and abuse. Just because his parents beat him, that does not make it okay for him to almost accidentally castrate his child.

    I’m not even going to touch the five mothers issue on this comment. It’s enough to make your head explode.

  • Mary Burrell

    I haven’t really been following this but beating him near his privates? Dear God that is savage. A split scrotum that is just unbelievable. That man needs some serious help. SMH.

    • I agree with you Sister. Also, it is seems that the NFL is responding out of public pressure not because of total sincerity. The NFL needs to establish a strong, uniform, and consistent policy in addressing this issue. There is absolutely no justification for abuse at all.

  • Anthony

    I see Houston Rockets center, Dwight Howard is under investigation for beating his son with a belt buckle. Like Peterson, Howard is a devout Christian with a baby mama.

    • MoMoEsq

      With several baby mamas. He’s got at least 3 kids.