Things might have been different if he’d said this upfront!
Adrian Peterson was suspended for the rest of the NFL season for disciplining his son so harshly that he drew blood.
Well, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said that since the Minnesota Vikings running back didn’t show remorse, he’s done playing for the year.
NOW, Adrian has decided to tell the world how sorry he is, explaining how the incident happened, and what followed. He said:
“I won’t ever use a switch again. There’s different situations where a child needs to be disciplined as far as timeout, taking their toys away, making them take a nap. There’s so many different ways to discipline your kids. No one knows how I felt when I turned my child around after spanking him and seeing what I had left on his leg. No one knows that Dad sat there and apologized to him, hugged him and told him that I didn’t mean to do this to you and how sorry I was. I love my son. I love my kids, my family. Like I said after I took the misdemeanor plea, I take full responsibility for my actions. I regret the situation. I love my son more than any one of you could even imagine.”
We’re SO curious why he didn’t just say all of this up front instead of acting like what he did was fine because it was how he was disciplined.
Also, Adrian said he talked to his son for the first time in FIVE MONTHS, and it’s heartbreaking. He said:
“When [my son] got on the phone, he said, ‘Hey Dad.’ I was like, ‘Hey buddy, how you doing?’ ‘I’m doing okay.’ I was like, ‘I love you.’ He was like, ‘I love you, too, Dad. Can I come over to your house?’ “
How sad is that?! He didn’t TALK to his son for five months?! Sure, seeing a son in Texas during the football season is tough, but Peterson has been inactive for weeks!
Hopefully the NFL’s mandatory classes will teach this father what it means to be a parent, and how to deal with situations.
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