September 15th, 2014
10:52 PM ET

Vikings clear Adrian Peterson to return to the field

Adrian Peterson will be back on the field, playing with the Vikings next weekend. The decision comes just days after he was benched following his indictment on a felony child abuse charge. Peterson released a statement on the way he punished his son, saying in part:

"The way my parents disciplined me has a great deal to do with the success I have enjoyed as a man..."

He is talking about a style of parenting that millions of Americans will recognize. It is also a style of parenting that's at the center of a national debate over what constitutes abuse. Ed Lavandera takes a closer look at the Peterson case.

NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley weighed into the controversy surrounding Adrian Peterson saying:

"I'm from the south. Whipping is…we do that all the time. Every black parent in the south is going to be in jail under those circumstances. We have to be careful letting people dictate how we..you know treat their children."

 Anderson discussed all of this with children's advocate Areeva Martin, New York Times columnist Charles Blow and Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin.

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  1. ponderosenbaum


    Why aren't you talking about the vicious details of this abuse? This isn't about spanking. Discuss the fact that Peterson stuffed leaves in a child's mouth, that he used a switch to injure a child's bare scrotum. By using terms like "discipline" you negate the barbaric harshness of this offense and the danger it poses to America's children. Repeated actions like this lead to child deaths each year. This article includes pictures that resemble the injuries seen on Peterson's son only the child in these pictures was found dead last week.

    September 17, 2014 at 2:00 am |
    • ponderosenbaum


      September 17, 2014 at 2:01 am |

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