Question: What Happens When a Christian in the NFL Spanks His Child?

| September 13, 2014

Answer: He is indicted on child abuse charges.

Adrian Peterson, who is an outspoken Christian as well as one of the NFL’s top running backs, was indicted on child abuse charges for spanking one of his children when he misbehaved.

According to Sports Radio 610: “Peterson’s son had pushed another one of Peterson’s children off of a motorbike video game. As punishment, Peterson grabbed a tree branch — which he consistently referred to as a ‘switch’ — removed the leaves and struck the child repeatedly.”

Peterson “switched” his son because it’s how he was disciplined as a child. Peterson has said he did not intend to hurt his child. He has apologized and has cooperated with authorities from the beginning.

I am someone that disciplined his child and did not intend to cause him any injury. No one can understand the hurt that I feel for my son and for the harm I caused him. My goal is always to teach my son right from wrong and that’s what I tried to do that day.

Regardless of Peterson’s intent, he is still looking at criminal charges for something that is acceptable in nearly every culture around the world.

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