A hotel chain has dropped its sponsorship, Minnesota governor Mark Drayton has called for an immediate suspension and thousands of people across the country are outraged.
What does it all mean?
“Let me just put it this way,” Chris Moore said on The MoJo Show. “It’s a matter of time before Adrian Peterson’s Sunday is free. The odds of him playing this weekend, I think, are less than five percent.”
The Vikings face the Saints in New Orleans this Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.
“If they were home, I think it would be a very interesting scenario to witness it,” Moore said. “I think if they were home, there’d be no chance of him playing, and I think with them on the road, there is a five percent chance of him playing. But that may be generous. It may be closer to two.
“I am back at the point that I made (Monday) night,” Moore continued. “The Players Association needs to get away from an adversarial relationship on certain issues and team (up) with the NFL – and the NFL must open the door to that – and they both must understand that perception is everything.”
Don’t think perception matters? Well, on Tuesday, Bart Scott got into a Twitter war with someone arguing that Scott is a hypocrite for hating the media as a player and then becoming a part of it in retirement.
This fan clearly didn’t know that Scott did all sorts of media engagements during his 11-year career – radio, television, print, everything.
“It doesn’t matter,” Moore said. “It doesn’t matter because the perception of you is what the New York media made of you at the end of your career. Perception is reality in all aspects of everything, and Bart Scott was looked at by many fans as a guy who hated the media and now is going to work (in) media. (They say), ‘How hypocritical is that?’
He (was) around (the studio) making his case about how silly that was, and I was telling him it doesn’t matter – and it doesn’t matter because perception is all we have. It’s all the league has. It’s all the league has.”
What the league has with Adrian Peterson, plain and simple, is child abuse.
“It’s not an arguable point,” Moore said. “You can argue corporal punishment – but not with a 4-year-old and not hitting him more than once. Taking an apparatus and hitting someone more than one time who is 4 years old is child abuse. It isn’t almost or kind of or sort of. There’s no circumstances here. This guy can’t play on Sunday. He can’t play because image is everything to you. You’re the NFL. It’s astounding and astonishing that it’s taken this long.”
Moore does not believe that corporal punishment is an effective way to discipline a child, but he understands that many people think otherwise.
“It’s a lot like gun control for people,” he said. “There are people that detest the fact that this country can be – and is perceived – as gun-happy. And there are other people who believe so firmly that we should be carrying guns or we should have the right to have guns in our houses and to carry them on our person and to use them in all sorts of situations. It’s one of those things where each side has a very hard time understanding the other side. So first off, you have to admit that.
“Violence begets violence, for the most part, and it’s never the proper solution,” Moore continued. “That’s my personal bias, but I respect other opinions. I don’t agree with them, but I respect them. But I don’t respect anyone who calls me and tells me that it’s okay to use an apparatus on a 4-year-old over and over again in the name of raising your child with discipline. It is the biggest load of B.S. I have ever heard in my life, and it’s incomprehensible to me and I will not equivocate. I will not waver. Four is 4. Four is 48 months on the planet. Four is 4. There’s no arguing. There’s nowhere to go with this. It’s just incomprehensible to me.”
Moore, in fact, likened Peterson to Michael Vick.
“You can’t abuse dogs; they have no way to defend themselves,” Moore said. “And yet, a 4-year-old is abused and it’s like, ‘Oh, it’s corporal punishment. They’re trying to bring him up.’ Oh my God. The bottom line is, I said five percent. As I speak, I go to two (percent) to one to one-half. I don’t think he’s playing.
“And I don’t know the answer,” Moore continued. “He needs help. He’s mentally ill, if you ask me. He needs help. If you can hit a 4-year-old more than once and not feel enough regret to stop, you need help in my opinion. You can do anything in a fit of anger. I get that. But not on a 4-year-old. Not twice.
“It’s not my place to say that he belongs in jail. I don’t know that he belongs in jail. I don’t think he does, to be honest. I think he belongs in a doctor’s office.
“But the guy can’t play.”