I started writing this blog about four hours ago, but I had to stop, shut the laptop off, watch a movie and have a beer before I could write my thoughts down with a little less venom.
The Minnesota Vikings won today. I could care less about that – just for the record, I’m a Packers fan. Go Pack.
What galls me about today’s win, and the last few wins, is that I keep hearing about how many yards running back Adrian Peterson racked up. And how he looks great, and the time away from the game last year hasn’t seemed to hurt his running game.
Let me kindly refresh your memory.
Peterson “disciplined” his four-year-old old son with a tree branch, or switch, and he hit the boy so hard in the scrotum, the skin busted open. BUSTED OPEN. Read about it here and look at the pictures of what he did to his son here.
Once that story became public, we find out that Peterson had seven children (today he has eight) with different baby mamas. This man was respected in this area, did a fair amount of charitable work, was personable with fans and all of a sudden, his life became an episode of Maury.
What Peterson did was reprehensible. He should’ve spent time in jail. He should’ve been thrown off the Vikings. He should’ve been kicked out of the NFL.
But I get it, pro sports are big business, it’s about bringing the fans and the dollars in. And the Vikings are winning right now – amazing how everyone seems to have forgotten that little incident of Peterson's. I mean, a year ago is an eternity, right?
I said earlier I’m a Packers fan – go Pack – and I respect quarterback Aaron Rodgers' charity work, read more about it here. But if I found out he abused his child, excuse me, disciplined his child the way Peterson did, would I still feel the same way about Rodgers? Hell no.
Peterson is just a pro athlete; he’s no hero and should not be treated like one.
Okay, I’ll stop now.
And to think I was going to write about something innocuous such as the dresser I’m refinishing or successfully making a pork roast in my new slow cooker. That’ll teach me to turn the end of the Vikings game on.