The Adrian Peterson arrest has triggered a debate over the role of corporal punishment in parenting, with the district attorney prosecuting Peterson, Phil Grant, explaining in a press conference this afternoon why Peterson’s behavior crossed the line from parenting to alleged abuse:
“In the state of Texas, there is a defense to injury of a child and that is reasonable discipline,” Grant said. “Obviously, parents are entitled to discipline their children as they see fit, except for when that discipline exceeds what the community would say is reasonable. And so a grand jury, having indicted this case, looked at the injuries that were inflicted upon this child and determined that discipline was not reasonable and did not reflect the community’s standard of what was reasonable discipline.”
But there are a large number of people who don’t think Adrian Peterson did anything wrong at all, including fellow NFL players (both retired and active):
And some non-NFL examples:
A number of people are citing a “culture” where what Adrian Peterson did to his four-year-old son is acceptable and justified:
The latest news is that Peterson turned himself in to authorities this morning, and was released on a $15,000 bond. The NFL is currently reviewing the matter to see if Peterson’s arrest is a violation of the league’s personal conduct policy.