Thoughts on Rice and Peterson Situations

Posted: September 17, 2014 in Welcome

This morning I prayed for understanding. I don’t understand the Ray Rice and Adrain Peterson situations. Trust me, I know it’s simple: It’s Violence and Abuse!


The CDC defines child abuse as follows: child maltreatment as any act or series of acts of commission or omission by a parent or other caregiver that results in harm, potential for harm, or threat of harm to a child.


Peterson said he was disciplining his son. This is an action to implore training so that one can act in accordance with rules. I agree. Children must be disciplined; however, I do not agree that Peterson meant to bring harm to his child. He used a switch (I speculate), which resulted in welts that if seen immediately after infliction can bring pause, question, and lead to this situation. But, I’m sure within a few hours it would be ok. I’m not justifying his choice of action, but being from East Texas, like Adrian, it is a common practice. This does not mean he did not used excessive force because you can hurt someone if you let your emotion and discipline get tangled together mid swing. Maybe he went too far. This is the result. He should probably be placed into therapy or anger management for this action; but to lose a job adds insult to injury (no pun intended). Unfortunately, AP’s situation has been politicized and media driven protest have exasperated a small situation. Children misbehave and must be reprimanded, but not harmed.


I’m sure a lot of people will disagree. I do not have children, but I have two nephews and a niece that I love dearly and I do not mind disciplining them. Albeit, they have parents so I will always be the favorite uncle.


The World Health Organization defines IPV as follows:

“Intimate partner violence refers to any behavior within an intimate relationship that causes physical, psychological or sexual harm to those in the relationship”.


Ray Rice hit his fiancé, now wife like he was in the ring with Mayweather. Charges should be filed and he should answer to the justice system. It’s assault. Now as a public figure, your behavior represents a brand that must and will be protected at all cost. Rice, you’re not worth the brand. You’re out. Now here is my confusion: the incident occurred in February. Both parties were arrested and taken to jail. The situation was solved legally and he was suspended for two games. He married his fiancé and they are seemingly living in marital bliss. Domestic abuse is NOT ok. However, relationships have theirs ups and downs. Now their relationship, literally was going UP and Down on that elevator. Sadly, a female was hit like a man. Rice in my opinion is not a wife beater. He has an anger management issue that resulted in domestic violence, but I think anyone could have been on the other side of that punch. We must look at root issues and solve them. Again, this is a media driven issue. TMZ was out of line. This was a private matter that took place in a public place and created more pain than resolve. They should have leveraged the tape against the NFL, but what good does it do the couple, the team, the NFL or us. We saw in her weakest state and she will forever have to deal with this situation. It’s hurtful, not helpful.


Again, these are my opinions. Feel free to disagree and discuss, but do not get disrespectful. 

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