NY Post's Phil Mushnick writes column implying AP is partly responsible for son's murder

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Mushnick (right) argues that AP is partly responsible for his son's murder.
The New York Post's Phil Mushnick is no stranger to controversy. But he outdid himself with his Sunday column about Adrian Peterson's "secret" son, which media observers are calling "possibly [the] worst column ever" and "the most offensive sports column in the history of Earth."

SEE ALSO: Mourning for Ty, Adrian Peterson's 2-year-old son who died as a result of child abuse

In "Being a great player doesn't make Peterson a great guy," Mushnick argues AP's alleged moral shortcomings are partly responsible for his child's murder.

Mushnick begins his column by making a case that AP's past is a little more checkered than the media has usually acknowledged:
We in the media -- especially those working event broadcasts -- have a horrible habit of blindly or wishfully reporting great achievers are additionally blessed: They're great humans [he cites Tiger Woods and Lance Armstrong as examples]...

Thus it was unsurprising Peterson's downside went ignored. In 2009, he was busted for driving 109 mph in a 55 mph zone. He dismissed that as no big deal, which was doubly disturbing -- his older, full brother was killed by a reckless driver.

Last summer, Peterson was in a club when he and friends were informed that it was closing time, past 2 a.m. Apparently, Peterson and pals felt they would decide when it was time to close. The police report noted three cops were needed to subdue Peterson.
He then blasts Peterson for telling reporters he was "ready to roll" and "focused" on Sunday's Vikings game just hours before his son passed away in a Sioux Falls hospital:
[I]t's sickening the NFL's latest MVP, hours after his son died -- allegedly murdered -- declared he was "ready to roll," ready to play football.

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.
And of course, Mushnick can't resist taking a shot at Peterson for being an absentee father, even though, as we've reported, the identity of Ty's father wasn't clear for some time after the child was born:
The suspect in the beating murder of Peterson's 2-year-old is the boyfriend of Peterson's "baby mama" -- now the casual, flippant, detestable and common buzz-phrase for absentee, wham-bam fatherhood.
Mushnick then argues Peterson was indirectly responsible for Ty's death because he didn't spend more of his considerable wealth ensuring the child and his mother were living in a safe home:
The accused, Joseph Patterson, previously was hit with domestic assault and abuse charges...

Money can't buy love, but having signed a $96 million deal, he could not have provided his child -- apparently his second from a "baby mama" -- a safe home?
Finally, he concludes by conjecturing Peterson's own upbringing might've had something to do with how he handled the situation:
But given Peterson's father did hard time for drug money laundering maybe we're both stuck with the values in which we were born, raised.
Talk about tailoring the facts to fit your interpretation of events. Peterson traveled to Sioux Falls shortly after he learned his son was in the hospital and there's no indication he failed to pay child support or had an acrimonious relationship with Ty's mother. Rather than seeing the situation for what it is -- the tragically sad tale of a young life cut short at the hands of a man who had abused children in the past -- Mushnick chose to make it about Adrian Peterson.

Then again, as others have pointed out, perhaps nobody should be surprised by a column of this sort appearing on the pages of the New York Post these days.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.

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Greg Rasmusson
Greg Rasmusson

That reporter is a piece of s__t he should keep his 2 cents about AP to him self he should have enough to write about his NY teams players.

Ryan Strandjord
Ryan Strandjord

Tina it's easy to judge when you clearly don't understand the tragedies he's already experienced in his life. The one thing that has stayed consistent, and helped him to rise above, is playing football. Without it I'm sure he would be in a very dark place himself.

Elizabeth Tobias
Elizabeth Tobias

unless you're the public prosecutor ... is this anyone's business?

David Clark
David Clark

Phil Mushnick is an ASSHOLE capitol ASS...

Kevin M Frazier
Kevin M Frazier

why is he part to blame he is not with the mother anymore you can only do so much phil mushnick is a loser

Tina TacoTreat Moran
Tina TacoTreat Moran

He didnt know about the child??!! What does he think happens when u out there like Eazy E gettin Eazy Pussy??!! He's gonna come up with aids next! And this aint the only lil secret he got. He IS partly to blame here! Had this been his "legitimate" son, he would've been at the hosptial and no way would've practiced or played this weekend! TRIFLIN! And i feel bad for his fiance too - this is probably how she found out about his other kid! SMFH.

Mark Bradley Jr.
Mark Bradley Jr.

what a douche you are..How do you know how he felt? How do you know the mom decided not to keep the kid a secret from adrian ( which sounds like she did) and finally how do you know that maybe football IS one of the only ways for him to grieve. Considering how tragic his past was, he didn't seem to have many figures in his life to turn to so sports may have been his crutch. I wish a lot of people like yourself thought about what you say before you say it and learn about the person before coming up with an opinion like that

Christopher Feeny
Christopher Feeny

His lack of devastation? He only knew about this child for a month or so. The mother never told him about her pregancy and only recently sought another man for a paternity test. That was a little over 2 months ago. AP never said "No" to the paternity test when he was asked to take it and was planning to help the child out.

Christopher Feeny
Christopher Feeny

Mary, the facts are out there...only about 3 months ago did the 'mother' get a paternity test on another ex that proved to be negative. She honestly said she thought the first guy was the dad, but Adrian could have also been. He didn't contest taking the test nor having it show positive. He was already planning to fly out to see the child. He is paid $96 million dollars to play football, there is nothing he could have done for his dead child. Sadly, he never got a chance to feel like a father to this kid. He knew of the boy all of a little over a month.

orangevening1
orangevening1

As unpopular as this is going to be I think Mushnick has a point. One, we have rose (purple) glasses when it comes to AP. His record isn't exactly clear. And a 2 yr old just died at the hands of his baby mama' s boyfriend. Emotions are high so we are going demonize the boyfriend and angelize everyone else involved. Not really objective. Very lazy journalism Rupar.

Vunley Long
Vunley Long

"Don't believe everything you read on the internet." - Abraham Lincoln, 1405

JL1969
JL1969

Wow, Aaron Rupar!  Who are you to judge?  Your weekly pointless drivel is no different.  Perhaps you should have included the text of the whole column so we can judge for ourselves, rather than just quoting out of context and including links.

Note that I am not commenting at all about the quality (or lack thereof) of the NY Post column.  I'll take that up at his page instead.  This comment is all about you.

Good journalists don't nitpick the bullshit.  They just give a clear overall opinion and then let the offender hang themselves.  Better luck next time.

Ryan Schoen
Ryan Schoen

Hope someone in NY beats the f*** outta this columnist! He deserves every lick!

Thomas Martin Ziermann
Thomas Martin Ziermann

this man should be taken to Singapore and take 15 lashes with a bamboo poll, he certainly bends the story to where he wants it and not where the truth is....he is a rich mother hubbard that need to shove that corn cob just a little higher up his arse so that he can taste the corn from his horrible neglect of character...he is lucky AP doesn't slap a defamation of character law suit on him...

jo1glex
jo1glex

The New York Post is known for its lurid, playing-to-the-mob yellow journalism.  If they can play a racist or gender-biased angle too, so much the better for them.  Sex sells, and if it bleeds, it leads.  Rupert Murdoch's formula in US print form, like Fox News on TV, and the British tabloids in the UK.  Slime, all of it.  But there's lots of money to be made scraping the bottom of the barrel.

Mary Karius
Mary Karius

WHo is making this all about AP?!?!?! give me a break. His apparent lack of devastation says A LOT. This writer is just giving voice to serious questions. This child is the victim not AP.

Robin Persson
Robin Persson

I in some of this agree, he didn't seem to show much concern. I have no respect at all for him anymore. Prayers to the friends and family that has been there for the child.

Jason Suess
Jason Suess

WRONG!! Gets some facts before you spout ignorance!! He didn't know about the child and as soon as he found out he didn't dispute the test, he immediately offered any help he could!! So know the facts before you respond!!!

Chris Peden
Chris Peden

Babysmamas aren't the easiest people to deal with sometimes. Bet she was a gold digger anyways. Look at her idiot boyfriend. I feel bad for the kid. I hope that guy rots in prison for life.

Rob Page
Rob Page

This guy has been an asshole for years. I take nothing of what he has to say seriously.

Jeremy Shelton
Jeremy Shelton

What a dick !! Judging someone for their "shortcomings" after they lose a child. I put this guy right up there with those douche bags from that cult crazy church that protests against soldiers and people with HIV .

Reier Erickson
Reier Erickson

He's not responsible... however, AP doesn't really seem to care.

Emily Lehmann Wiberg
Emily Lehmann Wiberg

Well, did he even go to the Hospital? I read that he denied the kid was his, and fought the dna test and child support... It's terrible what happened to his son, no one denies that, but I can't imagine not even going to the hospital to see your child who is in critical condition...

debpias
debpias

There are always two sides to a story. Let's say this fella is partially accurate...even if he is, there's still no need to write something like this. 

A child died - in a horrible, startling way. Blaming the person who didn't kill him isn't going to fix anything. We humans love to have answers to everything...we love to point fingers. It helps us cope with not having an answer to the "Why/how could something like this happen?"

If we put half that energy into trying to tackle the underlying issues at hand - maybe we'd get some real answers.

Jake Gerhardt
Jake Gerhardt

Edward, one's decision to have a child isn't the cause of the death, idiot.

Tami Montgomery-Henriksen
Tami Montgomery-Henriksen

Sad story no matter what the truth is. A baby boy has been murdered because the people that were supposed to care didn't.

Damian Amberg
Damian Amberg

Holy crap... we have a winner of the Douche-Crown today, folks.

Edward Bertsch
Edward Bertsch

I would say the mother is responsible way more than the baby daddy. She decided to have the baby (woman's right to choose, right?) and also kept it a secret from him until just a few weeks ago. Also, the mother chose to introduce this other guy to the kid's environment. So yeah, I blame the mom.

TweetsAreYours
TweetsAreYours topcommenter

I read a paragraph of this blog, I won't bother to read the article it references. You're not obligated to read every piece of trash posted online, despite what many City Pages readers think. #TweetsAreYours

marevitals
marevitals

@orangevening1 "His Record isn't exactly clear" sounds pretty fucking lazy to me.....why don't you inform us all of this unclear record so we can all take off those peppy fucking rose purple glasses.......

Onan
Onan

@JL1969  - You DO realize "The Blotter" is a news aggregation blog, right?

ajlalk3
ajlalk3 topcommenter

@Mary Karius How do you know he wasn't devastated? Because he played football on Sunday? People deal with their grief differently. Was he just supposed to sit in a dark room and cry for a week? Get a clue.

ajlalk3
ajlalk3 topcommenter

@Robin Persson I have no respect for people who don't allow others to grieve the way they want to grieve. You don't know how he is coping with this tragedy at all, yet you've already judged him. What an awesome person you are.

ajlalk3
ajlalk3 topcommenter

@Reier Erickson How do you know? Because he played on Sunday, he doesn't care? Was he supposed to go into exile for a week and curl up into a ball and cry in the dark? People deal with death differently.

ajlalk3
ajlalk3 topcommenter

@Emily Lehmann Wiberg He DID go to the hospital, that was why he was in South Dakota. Where do you get your facts, from the stuff you read on bathroom walls?

JL1969
JL1969

Do I?  No.  I don't really care.  But thanks for the condescension.  Evidently you think this is worth defending or you wouldn't have decided to insult me.

What I see is Aaron Rupar selectively collecting information and retelling the tale as he sees fit.  That's why I'm criticizing him.  If this was simply "news aggregation", then City Pages should remove his name, and let it run under their name.  But he's getting paid report stuff, and also to put his own spin on it. 

Onan
Onan

@keny1  - The same one who raped you?

Onan
Onan

@JL1969  - You seem to have still missed the "Blog" part of it.

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