Adrian Peterson’s Son Murdered

Most times in professional sports when you see a player’s name in the headlines for something other than the game they play – it is bad news of the player’s own making.

This brutal tragedy, isn’t.

I don’t know how Peterson is dealing with this, or how anyone in the same situation could, but I think it is fair to say everyone’s heart goes out to him and his family in this tragedy.

Adrian Peterson’s Son Dies After Allegedly Being Assaulted

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson mourned the death of his young son Friday, while words of support poured in from all corners of the sports world.

Authorities said a 2-year-old boy died Friday of injuries suffered in an alleged child abuse case in South Dakota, and a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press the boy was Peterson’s son.

Lincoln County State’s Attorney Tom Wollman confirmed the death of the child, who had been in critical condition in a hospital with severe head injuries since Wednesday. The boy died at 11:43 a.m. at Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls after being removed from life support, Wollman said.

Wollman said he’ll review police and medical reports before making further decisions about criminal charges, possibly by early next week. Joseph Patterson, 27, was charged with aggravated assault and aggravated battery in the child’s death. He had a court appearance Friday and was ordered held on $750,000 cash bond.

Peterson declined to talk about the case after practice Friday, and prosecutors and police in South Dakota declined to confirm the boy was his son. However, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed the connection to the AP on condition of anonymity because Peterson had requested privacy.

Speaking to reporters about an hour after the time of death, Peterson said he was certain he’ll play Sunday against Carolina.

He smiled politely and spoke softly while taking questions at his locker.
“I’ll be ready to roll, focused,” Peterson said. “I will be playing Sunday, without a doubt.”

Peterson is second in the NFL with 421 yards rushing and first in the league with five touchdowns. He came back from reconstructive knee surgery to rush for 2,097 yards and win the league MVP award last season.

“Football is something I will always fall back on,” Peterson 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. … Things that I go through, I’ve said a thousand times, it helps me play this game to a different level. I’m able to kind of release a lot of my stress through this sport, so that’s what I plan on doing.”

Later Friday, after news of the boy’s death spread, Peterson thanked his family, fans and even fans of other NFL teams for their support.

Joseph Patterson, the accused has a history of domestic abuse and battery charges. Patterson was indicted in June 2012 on several counts of simple assault involving an ex-girlfriend and her 3-year-old son, according to the Argus Leader. Patterson was later charged for violating a no-contact order. He was sentenced to one year in jail for both cases but that time was suspended on the condition he attend domestic violence counseling.The victim in that case said in a request for a protection order that Patterson had spanked her 3-year-old so hard for misbehaving in church that he needed ice for welts on his buttocks, according to the Argus Leader.

He tweeted: “The NFL is a fraternity of brothers and I am thankful for the tweets, phone calls and text messages from my fellow players.”

Dozens of current and former professional athletes wished Peterson well on Twitter, expressing support, offering prayers and voicing disgust about the alleged abuse.

“Sick for my friend. Strong guy but this one will bring the strongest down,” tweeted NBA star LeBron James.

The Panthers, this week’s opponent, were sympathetic.

“It’s absolutely terrible. Our thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family, and hopefully things work out,” coach Ron Rivera said.

Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said he thought Peterson practiced as well as he could Friday considering the circumstance.

“He seems like he was into it, engaged in what he had to get done,” Frazier said. “Obviously, tough. He’s human. But he was into it mentally, best as he could be.”

Fellow running back Toby Gerhart said: “It’s hard for any man to admit that he’s hurting or he needs help or anything like that. For us to be around him and tell him we’ve got his back, if there’s anything he needs that we’re there for him, I think that goes a long way.”

Cowboys Coach Wade Phillips Fired?

A lot of speculation around the WWW today that in a 4PM Press Conference it will be announced that Cowboys Coach Wade Phillips has been fired after an embarrassing loss to the Green Bay Packers Sunday Night…

Wade Phillips Fired? Signs Point to Ax Falling

By all indications, the ax may have already fallen on beleaguered Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips, reports CBSSports.com’s Andy Benoit.

ESPN reports that Phillips’ leased SUV was not in the Cowboys’ Valley Ranch parking lot as of 9:00 a.m. CT, although Phillips was later seen around the facility.

Normally, Jerry Jones meets with the Cowboys coaching staff on Monday mornings to watch game film.

In an even more ominous sign, the Cowboys have called a 4:00 p.m. CT press conference. Phillips has not confirmed with the media whether he has discussed his job status with Jones.

After Sunday night’s embarrassment at Green Bay, Jones said, “There are a lot of people here who are certainly going to suffer and suffer consequences. I’m talking about within the team, players, coaches, who have got careers. This is certainly a setback. I know first hand what it is to have high expectations.”

Their listless performance has kicked off a new round of speculation about the job security of coach Phillips, despite recent statements from Jones that a midseason firing was unlikely.

Afterward, a despondent Phillips said simply: “We looked like a bad football team – with bad coaching.”

 

NFL Stars – Palin Better in Playboy… Than the White House

TO and Ocho Cinco dig themselves into a deep one with this…

Even though Palin isn’t “Playboy Material” in their view…

They would rather see her in Playboy than the White House!

NFL Player Suicide – Broncos Kenny McKinley

Another one of those unfathomable tragedies. You never know what is going on inside someone’s head which might make what seems to you as a successful career into a roaring hell in their view. McKinley was the third active Bronco to die in 4 years from different causes – making the Broncos “snakebit”, considering the youth and apparent physical health of these guys.

Kenny McKinley of the Denver Broncos jogs on the field during a game against the Seattle Seahawks last year.Broncos WR Kenny McKinley found dead in apparent suicide

Broncos wide receiver Kenny McKinley was found dead Monday at his Colorado home in an apparent suicide, police said.

“It was apparently a suicide, but we’re still investigating,” Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said.

Authorities were called to McKinley’s home in central Centennial at about 3:25 p.m. Monday. McKinley’s body was discovered in a second-floor bedroom with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The 23-year-old, second-year pro has been on the team’s injured reserve list since early August with a knee injury. He played in eight games as a rookie in 2009, mostly on special teams, with seven kick returns for 158 yards. He suffered a season-ending knee injury in the second-to-last game

of last season and had surgery in the offseason.

The Broncos will hold a full team meeting Tuesday at Dove Valley to discuss McKinley’s death. Grief counselors will be available at the facility for any players who want help.

“Kenny had a promising future on the football field, but more importantly, he was a great teammate whose smile and personality could light up the room,” coach Josh McDaniels said in a statement Monday night. “This is a tragic loss for our football team, and his family is in all of our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”

An NFL source told The Denver Post that McKinley had been in Atlanta visiting family recently but had returned to Denver on Sunday along with his young son.

Tax Cuts for the Rich? Naaaaaaw! Sherrod Brown Gets to the Really Important Stuff!

At last, a Senator who understands whats important in America! If the Rethugs try and filibuster this one…

There won’t be any elected Rethugs come November.

Of course, those of us who are Redskins fans in the DC area are having a good week, with the dreaded Cowboys going down Sunday last in yet another of those Redskins/Cowboys last second finishes…

Sherrod Brown Urges NFL to End TV Blackout Policy Given Tough Economy

The NFL season got underway this past weekend, and Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown is worried that some fans hard hit by the faltering economy won’t be able to watch games in person or on TV. In a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Brown urged the league to revisit it “blackout” policy that keeps games off local television stations when they are not sold out 72 hours in advance.

The Democrat had the interests of Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns fans in mind, the Hill newspaper reports, but those aren’t the only ones in danger of having home games blacked out on TV. According to a survey conducted by USA Today, at least 11 teams could have games kept off the air this season.

“During these difficult times, working families are struggling to make ends meet. Although appealing, attending a football game is simply cost prohibitive for too many Ohioans. The average price for an NFL game ticket is $77 – nearly ten times the hourly minimum wage,” Brown said in his letter.

He acknowledged “the need for the league to sell tickets and maintain an attractive television product” but said “the worst economic crisis in generations” should also be taken into consideration.

There’s been no word on an NFL response to the letter.

Ex NY Giants Great Lawrence Taylor Arrested for Rape

Lawrence Taylor Arrested in New York Rape Investigation

Lawrence Taylor and Edyta Sliwinska Pose for a Jewelry Advertisment

Former New York Giants star Lawrence Taylor has been arrested in conjunction with a rape investigation in suburban New York, according to local authorities.

LoHud.com, the website for The Journal News, reported that the alleged victim in the case is a 15-year-old girl from New York.

“She was a runaway since March and there was a pimp involved,” Rampano (N.Y.) police supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence told The Journal News. “She got punched in the face. We’re not sure who did it.”

Also according to The Journal News, Taylor is being charged with third-degree rape, which is essentially the state’s statutory rape charge. However, Ramapo (N.Y.) police detective Lt. Brad Weidel told the Associated Press that Taylor had not been formally charged.

The Town of Ramapo Police Department website says it is “currently investigating a reported rape that occurred 5/6/10 in the early am hours at the Holidome Hotel in Montebello, N.Y. Currently under arrest is Lawrence J. Taylor DOB 2/4/59 of Pembroke Pines, FLA. Formal charges will be filed upon the completion of our investigation.”

A news conference is planned for Thursday afternoon at which authorities say additional information will be released.

Taylor, 51, played 13 NFL seasons, all for the Giants, from 1981 to 1993. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1999.

Pierre Garcon – Another of Haiti’s Children Makes Them Proud

I guess you don’t really realize the number of Haitian immigrants to this country who have contributed, and continue to contribute to the social, economic, and educational fabric of this country. One of the very very few good things to come out of the Haitian Earthquake disaster is that we Americans have become more educated and aware of Haitian contributions to our own country. On the scale of things – this one isn’t that important…

But a joy nonetheless (at least to Colts Fans).

Pierre Garcon, the NFL-AFC Division Trophy... And the Flag og Haiti

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