Peterson also, as described in the CBS report of his interview with the police, “expressed regret that his son did not cry—because then, Peterson said, he would have known that the switch was doing more damage than intended.” Is it the job of the four-year-old, and not the professional football player, to calibrate his pain? And why would a preschooler not cry when he is beaten? It might be because of what has happened when he has been beaten, and when he has cried, before.
Amy Davidson’s response to the Adrian Peterson case is absolutely essential reading for anyone else who’s seriously questioning why they even watch the NFL anymore. As someone who was abused throughout his childhood, I can say her response is practically flawless.