Adrian Peterson: The Other Side of the Story

Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports
Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Everyone has an opinion on the recent "child abuse" case against.  Most of what the national media has been tossing around is "do you think AP abused his son?"  While many people simply chose either side of the argument, I'd like to take a different approach.  Why is this news just coming out?  Who leaked this information about Adrian Peterson and why?

My theory behind the recent allegations, whether you believe them to be true or not, stem from a purely monetary agenda.  Could it be that one of Peterson's (many) "baby mamas" was holding the information as collateral in order to get a payday from Peterson?  Now, don't get me wrong, if this is the case I still blame Peterson for not being more carful about who he gets in bed with (on numerous ocassions).  Sadly, this seems to be the norm with too many pro athletes today and could be the real issue here.  Think about it, if a man has nine kids by four or five different women, how much of a father can he really be to all of them?

As for the child abuse allegations, what happened to "innocent until proven guilty?"  It seems to be the other way around these days.  The media is very good a creating an image of a person before due process is served.  Now, no matter what the outcome of this case, in the majority's eyes, Peterson is a no good child abusing SOB who deserves to burn in Hell.  What if this was blown out of proportion and AP is found not guilty of any crimes?  Doesn't matter, the media did its job in making him the bad guy and most will never seen him any other way.  We, as a society, need to stop knee jerking to every story ESPN or any other media outlet throws at us, take time to look at facts and let things develop, and then make a rational decision of our own based on the knowledge we've gathered.

Whether Peterson is guilty or not, no one wins when you villify someone without knowing all the facts first.