Adrian Peterson Just "Overdid It" A Little, Columnist Argues

Enid Shaw · 09/16/14 09:45PM

The super-smart takes on the Adrian Peterson debacle just keep coming. Almost as soon as the Minnesota Vikings running back was indicted for child abuse, people started chiming in with all sorts of opinions they should probably have kept to themselves: Charles Barkley called beating a child just a black, Southern thing. CBS found an expert to argue that the line between discipline and child abuse is just really, really blurry. And now Fort-Worth Star Telegram sports columnist Mac Engel beseeches us not to judge Petersen just because he "overdid it," adding, with what is probably meant to be folksy charm, "there are a lot of good people who administered similar whuppins before."