RUSH: On Sunday, Phil Mushnick, the New York Post wrote a column questioning the character of Adrian Peterson in light of the tragic death of his son. The rest of the media is fit to be tied over it. Now, Mushnick’s point was, okay, look, he’s a great athlete; doesn’t make him a great person. Why is everybody writing about this guy as a great person?
There have been countless sportswriters and blogs and websites that have just taken Mushnick to the woodshed. You know the background. Peterson’s two-year-old son was recently killed in a fit of alleged abuse by the child’s mother’s boyfriend. Hours after the murder became national news, Peterson said he’s ready to play football. The media applauded. He’s gonna able to balance everything and so forth.
Now, Mushnick, in his column, didn’t like that narrative, said hell with that. He thought the media praise for Peterson was unfounded because Peterson just ain’t a great guy. Here’s some quotes: “Thus it was unsurprising PetersonÂ’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.”
So that’s how it began. And then he wrote: “The suspect in the beating murder of PetersonÂ’s 2-year-old is the boyfriend of PetersonÂ’s ‘baby mama’ — now the casual, flippant, detestable and common buzz-phrase for absentee, wham-bam fatherhood.” Oh, they hated that. Oh. Oh. “Baby mama,” everybody loves that term, and here’s Mushnick putting it in proper context.
Then he wrote: “The accused, Joseph Patterson, previously was hit with domestic assault and abuse charges. With his resources, how could Peterson, the NFLÂ’s MVP, have allowed his son to remain in such an environment? Did he not know, or not care? Or not care to know? Or not know to care? Peterson couldnÂ’t have provided his son a better life, a longer life? Money canÂ’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?”
And then there was the concluding paragraph: “Maybe PetersonÂ’s son is just one more stands-to-reason murder victim, just another child born to just another ‘baby mama,’ one more kid who never had a shot, anyway. Maybe, by now, even if we canÂ’t accept it, we can expect it.”
His point was, why are we lionizing these people? I mean, this behavior is not worthy of hero worship or anything. The sportswriter community has just lashed out at Mushnick as an insensitive, old, times have passed him by, insensitive racist who hates athletes. And now there’s news that there are two more young children that Peterson’s fathered that nobody knew about, including maybe him. Anyway, there’s more to this, but, sadly, there’s also tomorrow. I’m sorry, folks.