Last week, the young son of NFL star Adrian Peterson died after being beaten by the boyfriend of the child's mother. Today, a columnist from New York's most pungent gutter tabloid has figured out a way to insult Adrian Peterson.

Here is the headline of New York Post sports columnist Phil Mushnick's latest column: "Being a great player doesn't make Peterson a great guy." (It's teased on the paper's online front page as, "Son's death doesn't make Adrian Peterson a great person.") Interesting point, two days after Adrian Peterson's son died. Phil Mushnick is not willing to stand for this two-day post-child's-death period of people saying nice things about Adrian Peterson. Phil Mushnick is speaking out:

Thus it was unsurprising Peterson’s downside went ignored. In 2009, he was busted for driving 109 mph in a 55 mph zone. He dismissed that as no big deal, which was doubly disturbing — his older, full brother was killed by a reckless driver.

Only Phil Mushnick is brave enough to note that Adrian Peterson is improperly mourning his dead family members.

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...

Money can’t buy love, but having signed a $96 million deal, he could not have provided his child — apparently his second from a “baby mama” — a safe home?

Excuse me, Mr. Peterson. I know this is a hard time for you. But it's very important that you listen to this, right now. Phil Mushnick has something to say: he doesn't like these "baby mamas." Okay? We are going to put the important parts of Phil Mushnick's final paragraph in bold, to make sure that you take it all in.

Maybe Peterson’s son is just one more stands-to-reason murder victim, just another child born to just another “baby mama,” one more kid who never had a shot, anyway. Maybe, by now, even if we can’t accept it, we can expect it.


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