Cris Carter's ESPN Speech On Adrian Peterson Is Powerful And Raw — VIDEO
Although the Ray Rice case continues to dominate headlines, another abuse case rocked the NFL last week. Minnesota Vikings player Adrian Peterson was indicted by a Texas grand jury on Friday on charges of reckless or negligent injury to his son. NFL Hall of Famer and ESPN analyst Cris Carter became emotional over Peterson's case, sharing his own story and opinions with viewers Sunday.
Peterson allegedly hit his four-year-old son with a switch — a rod used for punishment — leaving welts and open wounds on the boy's body. He was deactivated from Sunday's Vikings game against the New England Patriots. Former NBA player Charles Barkley defended the practice on Sunday during CBS Sports' The NFL Today, calling it "a Southern thing" and saying "every black parent in the South would be in jail."
But Carter had some harsh words for Peterson, Barkley, and the NFL. During the roundtable discussion on ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown, Carter, who once played for the Vikings, made a raw speech against hitting and whipping children:
The panel's other participants agreed with Carter, calling what Peterson did to his son "torture" and questioning how an adult couldn't see that their child was bleeding. "He shattered his knee in six months and came back and played," Carter said. "He shattered his knee in December and played in September!"
Although the panel agreed that it was right for the Vikings to take Peterson off the field, his deactivation didn't last long. On Monday morning, the Vikings announced they will reactivate Peterson and he will return to practice this week. He's expected to play in the Vikings-Saints game on Sunday.
Vikings owners Zygi Wilf and Mark Wilf said in a joint statement on Monday: