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Old White Guy to Adrian Peterson: You’re a Bad Father

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In the annals of dad shaming, this may go down in history as the most gratuitous and ill-timed example the world has ever seen. Just days after Minnesota Vikings’ running back Adrian Peterson lost his two-year-old son, Ty, to a brutal murder, New York Post columnist Phil Mushnick wrote an article in which he placed some of the blame on Peterson himself. No, really.

Via Aaron Rupar of Minneapolis City Pages:

The New York Post‘s Phil Mushnick is no stranger to controversy. But he outdid himself with his Sunday column about Adrian Peterson’s “secret” son, which media observers are calling “possibly [the] worst column ever” and “the most offensive sports column in the history of Earth.”

In “Being a great player doesn’t make Peterson a great guy,” Mushnick argues APs alleged moral shortcomings are partly responsible for his child’s murder.

(Hat-tip to my Twitter pal @DAbitty, an avowed Vikings fan, for linking to Rupar’s article.)

Rupar’s piece walks through each of Mushnick’s “arguments” in support of his dubious premise, and they’re just as absurd as you might imagine. First, Mushnick asserts that Peterson isn’t blameless because he’s had a few minor run-ins with the law – specifically, a speeding ticket and an incident in a nightclub where Peterson and some friends allegedly refused to leave at closing time. As to the former, Mushnick asserts that it’s “doubly disturbing” because Peterson’s “older, full brother was killed by a reckless driver.” Yes, his “full” brother, because you know those Black folks and their strange half-relations. Jesus H. Christ.

But, anyway – as if I actually have to say this aloud – none of that has anything to do with the fact that the man lost his son to a brutal murder.

Mushnick then criticizes Peterson for playing in Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers, arguing that a good father would have “take[n] off a day or two from work.” Really, jackass? You know what else a decent person ought to “take … a day or two” off of? Attacking a grieving father over the death of his son. Who are you to tell Adrian Peterson, or anybody else, how to deal with that kind of grief? Maybe being around his teammates and running full-speed into an opposing defensive line was exactly what he needed at that particular moment. I don’t presume to know what’s best for Adrian Peterson, because I never lost a kid to a senseless murder.

But here’s the real kicker. As Rupar explains, the gist of Mushnick’s argument is this:

[O]f course, Mushnick can’t resist taking a shot at Peterson for being an absentee father, even though, as we’ve reported, the identity of Ty’s father wasn’t clear for some time after the child was born:

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.

Mushnick then argues Peterson was indirectly responsible for Ty’s death because he didn’t spend more of his considerable wealth ensuring the child and his mother were living in a safe home. . . .

Right. You know those Black guys and their baby mamas. Except, of course, we don’t really know anything about Adrian Peterson’s relationship with Ty or Ty’s mother – other than the fact that, as Rupar notes, Peterson rushed to the Sioux Falls hospital where Ty was being treated as soon as he learned about the incident.

More to the point, though, I doubt I’ve ever read anything more informed by stereotypes and racism than Mushnick’s latest tripe. Who gives a damn if Peterson has had run-ins with the law, or failed to grieve in precisely the same manner in which a rich, white New York Post columnist would grieve, or – gasp! – had a child out of wedlock. The kid’s dead, murdered in cold blood, and nobody has a right to question the extent to which Adrian Peterson is grieving for that little boy . . . or the right to lay blame on Peterson just because he’s not freaking Ozzie Nelson.

If you want to talk about the ways in which fathers fail their children, I have plenty to say about that. In particular, if you want to talk about the ways in which wealthy, professional – mostly white­­ – fathers often absent themselves from the lives of their children, believe me, I have plenty to say about that. But the last thing I’ll ever do is beat up on a man who’s lost a two-year-old son, and I sure as hell would never use that occasion to wallow in disgusting racial stereotypes.

[Photo credit: Minneapolis City Pages]

David Von Ebers

An evil trial lawyer from Chicago, which makes me almost as bad as Barack Obama himself. Except, I am a Cubs fan, unlike our President, and so, as the kids say, I AM SHAME. I blog about legal issues, politics, sports, music (that long-haired rock 'n roll music all the kids are into), and, frequently, the interaction between any and all of the above. When I'm not busy undermining the Constitution or circumventing your freedoms, I run, watch too much sports on the teevee, and hang out with my long-suffering wife and three kids.

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  1. eclecticbrotha October 14, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    Yes, the Mushnick article was just that whack.

  2. Randle Aubrey October 14, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    Word. That guy’s a DICK.

    • Elon Of Asgard (Administrator) October 15, 2013 at 2:25 pm


  3. Stop Enabling October 14, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    AD is a hypocrite & he has more secret kids across the country, including an infant

  4. Lynne October 14, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    Just ignorant about this journalist – is he regularly a racist writer or would he have written this if the father/football star were white?

    • Mike October 17, 2013 at 3:32 pm

      Lynne, it’s sad that you see criticism of AP as racist. Here we have a rich football player fathering multiple children out of wedlock, including a young boy that AP ignored completely in the months after learning of his paternity. There may be others involved in this debacle that are more culpable than AP, but he is among the several adults that abandoned this boy to his sad fate.

  5. Lorie October 16, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    Read some Raymond Carver. It will chill your sorry asses to the bone.

  6. Evan Williams October 17, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    Peterson is a bad father. That is beyond dispute.
    Only idiots would defend a piece of garbage like Peterson

    That said, what did Mushnick hope to accomplish? It’s patently obvious that Peterson doesn’t care what anyone thinks and will not alter his irresponsible bastard making.

  7. Mike October 17, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    AP is blameless? He had unprotected sex with a woman and impregnated her. AP has between five and seven children out of wedlock, depending on which news report you believe and monthly rent money is not fulfillment of his responsibility to raise his own kids. Beyond these basic facts, AP knew the dead kid was his son some months before the abusive incident that killed the kid and, apparently, made zero effort to see the boy and assess his living situation. That may not make AP evil but it does make him irresponsible.

  8. J November 3, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    You guys who are defending Peterson because you’re Vikings fans are probably the only people more pathetic then he is. Did one of you jack -ffs use the term grieving ??? You think he’s grieving. He couldn’t have cared less about the kid. If I remember correctly he stated he was playing in the upcoming game whe his son was still critical. Peterson is a classic piece of ___. And you little jock sniffers defending him are too

  9. Deborah December 5, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    None of us are in any position to judge Adrian Peterson. We have not walked in his shoes, so we need to step back.

  10. Deborah December 5, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    We are in no position to pass judgment on AP. We have not walked in his shoes.

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