Oct 13, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) is hugged by Carolina Panthers safety Mike Mitchell (21) following the game at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Panthers defeated the Vikings 35-10. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

New York Post Columnist Phil Mushnick Thinks Adrian Peterson Is to Blame For His Son’s Death


I don’t really know what to say about this piece from much-maligned New York Post media columnist Phil Mushnick claiming Adrian Peterson is to blame for the death of his 2-year-old son, so I’ll just reprint his more incendiary words and let you come up with your own responses.

The gist of the piece is that the media spend too much time deifying athletes and not enough time scrutinizing their character. Somehow this veers into the accusation that Peterson is a bad guy who shouldn’t be admired. Mushnick writes:

The suspect in the beating murder of Peterson’s 2-year-old is the boyfriend of Peterson’s “baby mama” — now the casual, flippant, detestable and common buzz-phrase for absentee, wham-bam fatherhood.

The accused, Joseph Patterson, previously was hit with domestic assault and abuse charges.

With his resources, how could Peterson, the NFL’s MVP, have allowed his son to remain in such an environment? Did he not know, or not care? Or not care to know? Or not know to care?

Peterson couldn’t have provided his son a better life, a longer life?

Money can’t buy love, but having signed a $96 million deal, he could not have provided his child — apparently his second from a “baby mama” — a safe home?

But given Peterson’s father did hard time for drug money laundering maybe we’re both stuck with the values in which we were born, raised.

On Friday, Peterson said he was “focused” on football. On Sunday, he played. But it’s not as if murder doesn’t now regularly afflict the NFL.

Maybe Peterson’s son is just one more stands-to-reason murder victim, just another child born to just another “baby mama,” one more kid who never had a shot, anyway. Maybe, by now, even if we can’t accept it, we can expect it.

Never mind the fact that Peterson only learned the kid was his in the last couple of months and was planning to go and meet him in the near future. Whatever. I really don’t know what to say in response to that. I’m sorry Phil Mushnick, I don’t possess your ability to look inside people’s souls and see who they truly are. Only you, God and Vladimir Putin know that trick.

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  • Sean Moore

    Sorry Dan but you’re a pin head! The article you wrote was way off base. The mentality you just shared is an example of one of the reasons we have so many social problems in this country. I think its likely Peterson had an idea this kid existed before these events took place. You aren’t being honest with yourself. Muchnick has some strong words, but what he said was far off the mark. You look more the fool of writing this article then Muchnick does my man.

    • Jake

      Because if anyone knows how long AP has known about his kid it’s you, right? You’re the expert on AP and his family. You’ve been there every step of the way, just AP, his kid and you. You fucking moron.

  • Lars McDougal

    Adrian Peterson haters deserve terminal cancer.

  • Lars McDougal

    Sean Moore and Phil Mushnick deserve leukemia or ALS.

  • Daniel Laxen

    I really wonder why anyone would post this? The original author is a gutless turd…Somehow I don’t see AP as a guy that would put a child in harms way? A punch to his throat might work?

  • Guest

    Look on the bright side, there is now one less coon in the world.

    • David Crosby

      You deserve a very slow and painful death coward oops I mean “guest”.

  • epm54338

    Another excellent column by Phil Mushnick. Mushnick’s claim that too many mindless robots (better known as sports fans) and most bootlickers in the media, equate fame with virtue is correct.

    • Jim Smith

      I agree! I am a Vikings fan, but not an AP fan as a person from what I have seen. His “slave” comments were insulting to the African American community after he had signed a 100 million plus contract. He is just another silver spooned athlete in my opinion. Couple that with his 100+ mph speeding tickets and his brush with nightclub problems and a picture of a spoiled brat starts to form. He is at least partly culpable in that child’s death for not knowing the environment and doing everything he could to keep him safe. My sympathy is not with AP over this tragedy; it is for the 2 year old and anyone else that tried to do right by him.

      • PhilMckrakin

        Evidently both of you missed the part where Peterson didn’t even know the child existed or was his until just prior to his death. If he didn’t even know that why would he concern himself with who this mud shark is dating. How about blaming her?

        • epm54338

          It appears your hero is in the running for Father of the Year, whoops, make that “Baby Daddy of the Year” since he doesn’t do any fathering. Five, or is it, seven children out of wedlock? I wonder what Peterson would think of the so-called stereotype of 75 percent of black kids being born out of wedlock.

          • PhilMckrakin

            When did I say he was my hero? Wait, I just re-read your post, sorry, didn’t realize you had issues. Jealousy being the biggest one I see. If you don’t care for sports, why are you trolling a sports page?