I Have a Few Words for Those Defending the Violent Abuse of a 4-Year-Old by Adrian Peterson

Adrian Peterson mugshot.

Adrian Peterson mugshot.

Where do I even begin? While I understand that spanking a child as a form of discipline can often be a controversial topic, I really never thought I’d see the day where people were supporting the blatant, and disgusting, abuse of a 4-year-old boy.

But that’s exactly what I’ve seen.

If you haven’t heard by now, Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson has been indicted for child abuse.

When I first heard this story I thought it might have been a case of the “PC police” run amok. After all, while it’s perfectly legal for a parent to spank their children, there are many who believe “corporal punishment” is essentially child abuse. But then I saw the images taken of the child after Peterson brutally beat him and I was absolutely appalled.

Notice the world “allegedly” is missing from that statement. That’s because this brutal beating isn’t up for debate. Adrian Peterson admitted that he beat his son. Though he apparently doesn’t believe the beating was excessive.

Though I’m not even sure that simply saying Peterson “beat” his son works in this instance. When you strike a 4-year-old child with some kind of wooden stick to such an extent that it leaves whip marks, bruises and causes the child to bleed – that’s assault.

There’s absolutely, positively no excuse, under any circumstance, where it’s acceptable for anyone to strike a 4-year-old child to such an extent that the child suffers open wounds and extensive bruising.

According to doctors, the boy had lacerations on his thighs, marks on his back, buttocks and cuts on his hands and injuries to other parts of his body.

Again, this is a 4-year-old child. 

But what I think has shocked me even more are the numerous comments I’ve read from people commenting on this story defending this horrific abuse.

Comments such as these:

I still think it’s blowed out of proportion . I guess you can’t discipline your kids anymore huh?

My mom made me pick out this switch she would beat us with. This is the problem with how much Social Media blows everything out the water.

he disciplined an unruly asshat kid get the hell over it

what he did is hardly abuse. like he said, that is how he was disciplined as a kid and I think he turned out ok.

So they are arresting him for disciplining his child? No wonder people are so screwed up.

I support Adrian all the way! Keep your head up bro! I got you!!

This is a sad day when a parent who actually takes the time to love and discipline their child is punished for it.

STOP TRYING TO MAKE AMERICA A SOFT ASS COUNTRY!! Every kid needs a good ass whoopin!

Dude. That’s called DISCIPLINE. I swear if NFL bans him or suspends him, I’m done.

Good old fashion discipline….kids need more of it now….I got your back AP….a good ass whooping never hurt anyone

Somebody ACTUALLY disciplined their child. NO WAY. I didn’t know people still did that. Kudos A.P. As usual, media blowing stuff WAY up

Pardon me while I stand and applaud AP for being a good father

I’ll stop there, but I think you get the point.

Now, with those posted, let’s take a look at some of the pictures posted by CBS 4 Minnesota of Peterson’s son following the attack:

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Again, those are wounds on a 4-year-old child.

Now I’ll admit, I’m not against parents spanking their children as a form of discipline. But this isn’t discipline. This was a violent attack of a 4-year-old boy.

What I found most interesting is how so many people are defending this attack because they were abused. Well, if you justify child abuse because you were abused, I feel sorry for you. I’m not talking about basic spankings or simple discipline. What I mean is that if you had done to you exactly what these pictures show, then you weren’t disciplined – you were abused. If your parents beat you with some kind of a weapon to the point where you had multiple lacerations that actually bled, that is child abuse. 


For anyone to try to defend this physical abuse toward a 4-year-old is appalling.

And trust me, I’m not some super politically correct person. Not at all. In fact, I’m fairly well-known for speaking out against “outrage addicts” who seem to spend most of their lives just looking for something to be offended by. But this situation has nothing to do with being politically correct. Because there’s absolutely zero excuse for striking a 4-year-old child to such an extent that you cause them to bleed.

If you want to support the right for a parent to discipline their children, that’s fine. Like I said, I’m not opposed to spanking children who are misbehaving. But child abuse does exist. And if any parent feels the need to beat their child to such an extent that they leave wounds similar to those depicted above, I feel sorry for that child.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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