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The Adrian Peterson arrest has triggered a debate over the role of corporal punishment in parenting, with the district attorney prosecuting Peterson, Phil Grant, explaining in a press conference this afternoon why Peterson’s behavior crossed the line from parenting to alleged abuse:
“In the state of Texas, there is a defense to injury of a child and that is reasonable discipline,” Grant said. “Obviously, parents are entitled to discipline their children as they see fit, except for when that discipline exceeds what the community would say is reasonable. And so a grand jury, having indicted this case, looked at the injuries that were inflicted upon this child and determined that discipline was not reasonable and did not reflect the community’s standard of what was reasonable discipline.”
But there are a large number of people who don’t think Adrian Peterson did anything wrong at all, including fellow NFL players (both retired and active):
Adrian Peterson might go to jail for whoop'n his son? Oh ok…😕
— keith bulluck (@kbull53) September 13, 2014
I got a ass whippn at 5 with a switch that's lasted about 40mins and couldn't sit for 2days. It's was all love though. Times have changed!
— DARNELL DOCKETT (@ddockett) September 13, 2014
When I was kid I got so many whoopins I can't even count! I love both my parents, they just wanted me to be the best human possible!
— Mark Ingram (@MarkIngram22) September 13, 2014
And some non-NFL examples:
I'm still looking for what Adrian Peterson did wrong. All it looks like to me is that he disciplined his kid for doing something wrong.
— Seth Carnes (@Seth_man) September 13, 2014
let me get this straight… Adrian Peterson is facing up to 2 years in prison for whooping his son with a switch!? am I missing something?
— Cole (@_CCopeland) September 13, 2014
— Carroll Winn (@winn1_winn) September 13, 2014
@AdrianPeterson I support you dude..it's not like you all out beat tha child, children need discipline people!
— Kenny Simmons (@KennySimmons) September 13, 2014
Smh @AdrianPeterson got in trouble for disciplining his child… SMH
— MESSICAN TERIO (@ummAndy) September 13, 2014
"@kingRayle: Those same parents that are crucifying adrian peterson better not complain when their kids become teenage parents"
— EminemsRealWife (@EminemsRealMrs) September 13, 2014
Adrian Peterson arrested. Darren Wilson still a free man. Hasn't even been inconvenienced.
— Edward Charles Scott (@edward_c_scott) September 13, 2014
A number of people are citing a “culture” where what Adrian Peterson did to his four-year-old son is acceptable and justified:
Even bring up charges against @AdrianPeterson is disrespectful to the culture. I know y'all remember those whoopings granny use to give.
— J.o.rdan Allen (@JaeOwe) September 13, 2014
If @AdrianPeterson got indicted for "whooping" his Son with a switch, my mom should be doing 25 to life. OUR culture understands this.
— Darnell Roberts (@mridontsleep) September 13, 2014
I'm disgusted seeing #BlackTwitter defend Adrian Peterson. Just because "whoopings" r part of our culture doesn't make it right. It's abuse.
— Shashana Monet (@1978BABY) September 13, 2014
Kids need discipline that is very common in the African American culture @AdrianPeterson did nothing that he shouldn't of did.
— R.I.P uncle willie (@43t_money) September 13, 2014
Pathetic how many people are defending @AdrianPeterson , highlights major issue in african american culture that beating your child is okay
— Tom Mansmann (@Doritotom) September 13, 2014
I mean Adrian Peterson did go overboard but whipping with a switch IS normal in southern black culture, whether right or wrong.
— What's the Mata (@TannerTheRapper) September 13, 2014
— PJ Media (@PJMedia_com) September 13, 2014
The latest news is that Peterson turned himself in to authorities this morning, and was released on a $15,000 bond. The NFL is currently reviewing the matter to see if Peterson’s arrest is a violation of the league’s personal conduct policy.