Adrian Peterson will end up one of the best 10 running backs in NFL history. Peterson was so gifted in physical talents as well as vision that he could have made the jump from high school to the NFL. Peterson is fun to watch on the field. I will tell my grandkids about how he looked like a man running around boys on the field. He is a multimillionaire. He has endorsement deals. He has a wife who was in Playboy. He has it made. Many guys would kill for his life. Peterson is too good for the league to sacrifice to the altar of the outrage mob; he is a treasure for the NFL. He's also not the primary dad to his kids.
A little detail buried in every report on Peterson's whupping of his 4 year old son is this quote from the boy, "Daddy Peterson hit me on my face". Not dad, not daddy, not father, but Daddy Peterson. Peterson has like 7 kids to 5 women, and that might not include the kid he had that he just discovered last year right before the boy was murdered by the baby momma's male friend. What number of them call him dad or daddy? How many call another guy dad? Alpha fucks, beta bucks. Not really in this case since Adrian is paying for these guys as baby momma's live off the ample child support. He better settle with the moms or else he'll face the Travis Henry future of child support payments that do not decrease when the pro football career is over (dumb judges).
Daddy Peterson. It sticks out because here is a kid who is just 4. I won't touch the overboard whupping on a 4 year old, which involved stuffing leaves in the kids mouth, beating him with a stick, and leaving cuts and bruises that still showed a week later when the kid returned home to Minnesota... or the outrage cycle going after him. Peterson has it made, and this kid is like "you're not primary dad, you're daddy X". It probably doesn't matter to Peterson but ever talk to a guy who has a kid that calls him "Steve" and the mom's new guy "dad". I've been there the first time it has happened to a guy. Crushed him. You're not the dad. You're another guy, with a different relationship and you're never getting that dad relationship back. Not the real father-son relationship with ups and downs but the perfect dad image that you build up and maybe lie to yourself about being to your kids. Even when the family broke down, you lied to yourself that you could still be the same dad, and then your kid hit you with it. "Jim", "Mike", "Scott" whatever your name is, it leaves that 10 year old's mouth and destroys that perfectly constructed, eggshell thin shield.
It sucks. It's reality. This might bother you, but hey, you can be the best running back of your generation and it won't matter.
*Clarification: It's Peterson's biological son but not psychologically a deep connection