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Is Adrian Peterson's Suspension appropriate?

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  • Liberal Democrat
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    Colorado Springs, CO
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    Roger Godell has suspended Adrian Peterson for the rest of the year without pay for injuring his 4 year old child while disciplining him with a switch.

    From USA Today: NFL suspends Adrian Peterson without pay for at least rest of 2014 season

    "Peterson, 29, was indicted Sept. 12 on a felony charge for injuring his 4-year-old son while disciplining him with a switch months earlier. He avoided jail time by pleading no contest Nov. 4 to a reduced charge of misdemeanor reckless assault."

    While not condoning what Peterson did, it appears that the NFL did not have any policies in place at the time to cover that kind of assault. The players association have called it a "new and arbitrary disciplinary proceeding".

    I do not want to go into all the legalities, but rather highlight a James Dobson (Focus on the Family) religious motivated disturbing trend in our society that calls for disciplining a child with a switch...or as some critics have called it, "Bible based baby beating". In Dobson's book, The New Dare to Discipline, he recommends (page 64) using "switches" and "paddles" to hit children starting at age 15-18 months.

    When I read the various reviews of Dobson's book, I was rather surprised how many commentators (parents) were supportive of Dobson's approach.

    I don't know what motivated Peterson to use a switch so harshly on his 4 year old child, and to be fair, Dobson doesn't condone injury of a child...just punishment that hurts and causes tears. It's a fine line.

    I wonder, however, if Peterson in his defense could claim that his religious freedom was being violated by the NFL. That's of course a stretch.

    Just saying.
  • Liberal
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    Today we put people in jail for hitting children. In my house any signs of hyperactivity that led to bad behavior was met by ass whooping by mom. Infact, as I recall there was no ADHD when I was a kid. The cure was a belt.

    But every one today feels that little Billy needs a time out, therapy, play dates, and a whole lot of behavorial pills. Sensitivity they say. Little Billy needs positive re-enforcement, understanding, lots of hugs. No little Billy needs his ass whooped. Because in the real world they have special places for bad behavior. PRISONS......where there is no posivite re-enforcement, hugs and understanding.....They have batons and rifles to correct bad behavior....and will use them regurlarly. They also have that 10 pound steel Mag light and will give you a heavy dose of "FLASHLIGHT THERAPY".

    Leave that man alone and let him dicipline his kid. Let that man have employment so that he can take care of his children.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Schmidt Wrote:While not condoning what Peterson did, it appears that the NFL did not have any policies in place at the time to cover that kind of assault. The players association have called it a "new and arbitrary disciplinary proceeding".

    I do not want to go into all the legalities, but rather highlight a James Dobson (Focus on the Family) religious motivated disturbing trend in our society that calls for disciplining a child with a switch...or as some critics have called it, "Bible based baby beating". In Dobson's book, The New Dare to Discipline, he recommends (page 64) using "switches" and "paddles" to hit children starting at age 15-18 months.
    I have to agree. I don't think the NFL is on sound legal ground here. You can't make the rules up as you go along, but the rules are very murky here. Goodell and the NFL claim that he has every right to come down hard on Peterson. Peterson and his representatives think otherwise.

    Sports Illustrated explained this far better than I ever can: Legal issues still ahead in the NFL's suspension of Adrian Peterson
    Schmidt Wrote:I do not want to go into all the legalities, but rather highlight a James Dobson (Focus on the Family) religious motivated disturbing trend in our society that calls for disciplining a child with a switch...or as some critics have called it, "Bible based baby beating". In Dobson's book, The New Dare to Discipline, he recommends (page 64) using "switches" and "paddles" to hit children starting at age 15-18 months.
    James Dobson is a terrible person. I honestly struggle to understand why people still listen to him.
    Schmidt Wrote:When I read the various reviews of Dobson's book, I was rather surprised how many commentators (parents) were supportive of Dobson's approach.

    I don't know what motivated Peterson to use a switch so harshly on his 4 year old child, and to be fair, Dobson doesn't condone injury of a child...just punishment that hurts and causes tears. It's a fine line.

    I wonder, however, if Peterson in his defense could claim that his religious freedom was being violated by the NFL. That's of course a stretch.
    I have a really hard time accepting that child abuse is the only form of abuse the courts allow in this country. I would be charged with a felony if I walked up to a grown man who was behaving badly and spanked him, but it's acceptable for an adult to hit a young child who doesn't understand what they are doing? Why is it acceptable to hit a child, but I can get thrown in prison for hitting a grown man? Whether one wants to claim religious freedom or not--no one should be allowed strike a defenseless child. I don't care what God supposedly said.