Why the New York Post is wrong about Adrian Peterson

On the New York Post's website today is a teaser that says, "Son's death doesn't make Adrian Peterson a great person."


The link goes to a piece by columnist Phil Mushnick dressing down Adrian Peterson for having the temerity to play yesterday's Vikings game after learning of the tragic death Friday of his two-year-old son in Sioux Falls, who was the victim of alleged child abuse by the mother's boyfriend.

But the entire column is not just mean-spirited, but also wrong, and predicated on a widespread misunderstanding.

After running down Peterson for all manner of previous sins -- up to and including a long-ago speeding ticket -- Mushnick puts himself into AP's cleats and imagines his own reaction if one of his kids died:

Me? I'd be fighting for breath, my knees weak with grief, demanding to know why, who, how. Then, I suspect, I'd seethe with rage, swearing retribution. I even think I'd take off a day or two from work. Maybe a week.

Later, Mushnick questions why Peterson didn't use his wealth to better protect the child:

With his resources, how could Peterson, the NFL's MVP, have allowed his son to remain in such an environment?

Besides being borderline racist with his continued invocation of the words "baby mama," Mushnick also seems ignorant of a key component of this story: Adrian Peterson only just found out he was the father of this child.

In this light, AP's ability to compose himself for the game makes much more sense. And the reason he didn't do more to protect the child is because he never had the chance.

UPDATE: Lest anyone think Mushnick wasn't being racist in his use of the term "Baby Mama," we will direct your attention to a previous effort by the same columnist, suggesting a new team name for the New York Knicks in honor of Jay-Z's ownership of the team:
Why the Brooklyn Nets when they can be the New York N------s? The cheerleaders could be the Brooklyn B----hes or Hoes. Team logo? A 9 mm with hollow-tip shell casings strewn beneath. Wanna be Jay-Z hip? Then go all the way!
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12 comments
Drew VanKrevelen
Drew VanKrevelen

How does this dipshit have his own column in a major metropolitan publication?

ChazDanger
ChazDanger topcommenter

The New York Post is a horrible publication in the first place.  If you can avoid what they are selling.


Fredlock Dobbs
Fredlock Dobbs

youre guilty of the same crummy logic by calling it a "long ago speeding ticket." but I still think this coulmn by Mushnick is gross.

Joe Di Marius
Joe Di Marius

Phil Mushnick is a pompous asshole. But I will say this: the fact that AP only first met this son on the day that he died says a lot about AP as a person.

laxx1559
laxx1559

It seems Joey Patterson found out the kid wasn't his, and took it out on the child.  For one, why didn't the mother inform A.P. that he had a child and mislead another man?  Most important, why did she leave her child with someone who had a violent criminal history?

MargoF
MargoF

Who let's these idiots write columns in newspapers? Isn't there any level of professionalism required OR intelligence? I guess not!  It is astonishing the crap you can read in print on online today and their poor quality.

k2yeb
k2yeb topcommenter

So saying baby mama is racist? Pulling the racist card a little early in my opinion. I guess I am being racist when I say it to my white wife. I always knew I was self hating.

Ran Dazzle
Ran Dazzle

and I don't think he said it was AP`s fault...

Tim Stang
Tim Stang

and the city pages opinion matters why?

williamcarllindsey
williamcarllindsey

@k2yeb So... I'm guessing you didn't read the article? Pulling the sarcastic comment card a little early, in my opinion. 

The term "baby mama" is not intrinsically racist. The way he used it in the article, as well as the overall tone of the article and articles he has written in the past, it's pretty safe to say he is a huge, flaming racist. So, defend him all you'd like, but be forewarned that you sound like just as big of a douche.  

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