Posted October 12, 2013

Adrian Peterson plans to play Sunday following death of son

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Adrian Peterson said he's "not with" gay marriage. (Photo by Andy Clayton King/Getty Images)

Adrian Peterson said he will play Sunday after his 2-year-old son died. (Photo by Andy Clayton King/Getty Images)

Reigning NFL Most Valuable Player Adrian Peterson met with the media Friday for the first time after the death of his son and said he’ll play Sunday against the Panthers at the Metrodome.

Peterson’s 2-year-old son died Friday at a hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D., the alleged victim of an assault by his mother’s boyfriend.

Lincoln County Attorney Thomas Wollman said the child, whose name was not released at the family’s request, had been hospitalized in critical condition at Sanford USD Medical Center with severe head injuries since Wednesday and died after being removed from life support.

A person with knowledge of the situation told the Associated Press the boy was Peterson’s son.

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Joseph Robert Patterson, 27, who was arrested Wednesday on charges of aggravated assault and battery of an infant, was being held Friday on a $750,000 cash bond.

From the St. Paul Pioneer-Press:

“I should start off by saying I really appreciate all the support that I’ve been receiving from fans (and) the Vikings organization,” Peterson told reporters about an hour after his son’s death.

“Football is something I will always fall back on,” he said. “It gets me through tough times. Just being around the guys in here, that’s what I need in my life, guys supporting me, and just being able to go out and play this game I love.”


12 comments
Andy55912
Andy55912

Look at all the Vikings fans hound the people knocking AP for playing LOL

ThePOPE
ThePOPE

It's like AP said, he falls back on football, the camaraderie, the process of preparation - it helps ease his tremendous pain so let him play. 

DEJ1948
DEJ1948

Peterson has decided that a football game is more important than his family.  By any available metric, that's messed up.  Last time I checked, there will be another game next week.  Unless Peterson is a closet Shawn Kemp, I don't think you can say the same thing about your child. Those in his inner circle need to sit down with him and ask that he reconsider this decision

2MuchSwagDoe
2MuchSwagDoe

@MrArlington its comin out that he never met him before he went to the hospital, the woman claimed he was the father a few months ago and i dont believe there has even been a paternity test...

Andy55912
Andy55912

Truth is, without AP the Vikings have zero hope of making a comeback. Zero

Chris86
Chris86

@DEJ1948  

Who are you to determine the "correct" way of mourning a child? Should he be required to put on black and cloister himself for a predetermined period of time? Should he be required to throw himself onto the funeral pyre? What is the "acceptable" number of games he should sit out? The truth is everyone mourns in their own way. To force someone to follow what we consider correct is just cruel. Let the man find his solace wherever he can; if that is on the football field surrounded by people he considers friends and family, so be it. Some people feel the need to dwell and wallow in the pain, others try to distance themselves from it. As long as it works for the individual, that is all that matters.

kathmc
kathmc

@PatrickBatemanVP right.  and when brett favre played after his father died, that clearly means he cared more about football than his dad.  your irrational slip is showing, man.