This Adrian Peterson secret love child beating death story has been really bothering me.
Bothering me obviously because the boy was just two-years-old and was allegedly beaten to death by his mom’s boyfriend, who was not the child’s father.
Bothering me also because the dead boy’s father is Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson, an NFL MVP, who appears to be more MIA, than MVP.
The child’s death is certainly tragic. And I feel bad for all of those who loved him. But like many people out there, I’m struggling with how to feel about his dad, Adrian Peterson because; although Peterson allegedly didn’t know definitively that the boy was his until a few months ago. A few months are not a few weeks, not a few days. A few months are a few months. That’s a long time.
Peterson is reported to have said that when he found out, he quote, supercharged his efforts to be a part of the boy’s life.
But within those months, Peterson never met the boy. The boy was never flown to meet him for the weekend. He never flew to meet the boy on one of his days off.
Does that sound like supercharged to you?
Again I’m not judging, I’m just asking.
Peterson didn’t meet the boy until he lay in a hospital bed on life support and now the next time he’ll see him is at his funeral in South Dakota.
Sure, Adrian Peterson is a busy guy with training camp, he’s got games, and he travels a lot.
BUT, he’s also a man of means, multi-million dollar contracts and it’s logical to assume that he can afford to bring the child to him if he couldn’t go to the child.
The sad thing is that this little 2-year old boy is not alone.
The cold hard fact is that children of single parents have a 77 percent greater risk of being harmed by physical abuse than children living with both parents. That’s according to the National Incidence Study.
And many kids in single parent households are physically and or sexually abused by their mother’s boyfriends or acquaintances, the men who come and go who have no connection to the child.
Adrian Peterson, 28-years-old, who by the way is not married, yet according to published reports, may have up to seven children with multiple women.
They are consenting adults and they are free to have as many children as they want, I’m not judging him and I am not judging the adults involved.
But whether they realize it or not, they are responsible for those children’s lives and the trajectory of those children’s lives before they even leave mommy’s body.
And while it is indeed heartbreaking for Adrian and the baby’s mother; imagine the pain that, that child suffered and many like him suffer across the country every single day. Even as I speak now because mommy or daddy aren’t present, they don’t know what’s going on in their children’s lives.
Parental responsibility is important.
Personal responsibility is key.
Think before you decide to have a child, just because you can have one, it doesn’t mean that you should. I always say you should plan for a child or stop having them out-of-wedlock.
Don’t take my word for it; the silence of that little 2-year-old boy, the little dead boy, speaks volumes.
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