When tragedy strikes in the NFL it usually surrounds a particular player who has been injured on the field. Recently an unbelievable tragedy struck the life of one of the NFL’s premier athletes and role models.
NFL superstar Adrian Peterson’s 2-year-old son has died at a South Dakota hospital after he was allegedly beaten by the boy’s mother’s boyfriend, according to multiple reports. The boy was found unresponsive by authorities in a Sioux Falls apartment where he was living. source.
The child was taken to a local hospital where he later died of his injuries. Authorities believe the child was abused and murdered by his mother’s boyfriend, 27-year-old Joseph Patterson. Patterson was recently arrested and charged with aggravated battery of an infant and aggravated assault. His bond was set at $750,000. source
The Lincoln County State’s Attorney’s office is currently reviewing the case and considering additional charges. It is being reported that Peterson didn’t have a relationship with the boy whom he only recently learned was his son. “It turns out the NFL star reportedly didn’t know the 2-year-old boy was his son until very recently, and the first time he met him was in the hospital while he was on life support.” source. Peterson was involved with the boy’s mother, years ago and when he learned that he was the father, he offered his support.
After learning of the boy’s serious condition, Peterson left the team to be with him. Fans and media thought he would miss upcoming games, but Peterson has found solace in the sport and has somehow maintained his poise. “I don’t ask people to understand my mindset and how I think,” Peterson said after last week’s game. “Anything that’s bad, I try to take good from it. That’s the way I approach life in all situations. I never thought about not playing. It was all about just going out there and having the strength to play and having the strength to get through and help my team. That was my focus.” source.
Many people use sports as an outlet for their emotions to help them cope through life’s tribulations and Peterson exemplifies someone doing just that. “Football is something I will always fall back on,” Peterson said. “It gets me through tough times. Just being around the guys in here, that’s what I need in my life, guys supporting me…Things that I go through, I’ve said a thousand times, it helps me play this game to a different level. I’m able to kind of release a lot of my stress through this sport.” source.
Court reports show that the suspect in the case has a checkered past. In 2012 he was indicted on assault charges of another mother and her 3-year-old son. Patterson was sentenced to a year in jail after being convicted of brutally spanking the young child and threatening to kill the boy’s mother after grabbing her by the throat. Patterson never served time for the offense and was ordered to seek counseling.
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