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NFL Players Need to Heal Their Own Psychological Trauma Before Becoming Parents

(Adrian Peterson/WENN)
(Adrian Peterson/WENN)

The topic of domestic violence took a front seat in the NFL last week.

First, it was the full video clip of (now former) Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice knocking his fiancee out in an elevator. Then, we found out that Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was indicted on child abuse charges.

Over the summer, Peterson beat his 4-year-old son with a tree branch as a form of punishment according to law-enforcement sources. The child sustained injuries due to the beating.

When questioned by authorities, Peterson admitted to giving his son a “whooping.”

Peterson’s lawyer said that Peterson was using the same type of discipline that he received as a child, and his intention was not to harm his son.

Peterson was basically saying that his actions (and the result) were justified because of the way that he was raised as a child. Therein lies the problem. Just because something is always done a certain way doesn’t make it right.

Child Psychologist Haim G. Ginott hit the nail on the head when he said, “When a child hits a child, we call it aggression. When a child hits an adult we call it hostility. When an adult hits an adult, we call it assault. When an adult hits a child, we call it discipline.”

That archaic form of parenting suits parents who are unable to deal with their own emotions. 

ESPN analyst and former NFL player Cris Carter made a powerful and vulnerable statement on-air about disciplining children in relation to how he was raised.

Adrian Peterson was on top of his game when it came time to heal from his ACL tear. The season following his reconstructive knee surgery, he was the league’s MVP. Now, it’s time for him to work on healing his psychological trauma from childhood. He’s not the only one.

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Kim Constantinesco

Kim Constantinesco

As the founder and editor-in-chief of Purpose2Play.com, Kim Constantinesco dives under the surface hype to illuminate heroes in the sports world. Whether talking with the first man with cerebral palsy to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro, or the first woman to mountain bike across Afghanistan, Kim has a keen interest in shining the spotlight on ordinary people doing extraordinary things. She believes it's time media starts placing a higher value on the people and communities who are actively doing something to make the world a little better. Previously, she covered the Denver Broncos and the NFL for seven seasons. Her work has been featured on NFL.com, CBS Sports, Fox Sports, The New York Times, and USA Today. She resides in Denver, CO. When not working, she can be found deep in the Rocky Mountains throwing backflips on her snowboard. Follow Kim on Twitter: @KimCon14
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