Originally written October 13, 2013 on BlackSportsOnline:
Phil Mushnick is trolling again, and this time he’s trying to hurt feelings. Mushnick has a reputation for being a super troll, a guy that stirs the pot up on any subject and is allowed to freely state any opinion he wants courtesy of the New York Post. In his latest New York Post column, Mushnick essentially compares Peterson to Tiger Woods and Lance Armstrong in the way that we as sports fans and media personalities build them up. Mushnick evidence of course was Peterson’s reckless driving charge in 2009, and Peterson’s resisting arrest charge from last year. 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 spent the rest of the night in jail, arrested for resisting arrest (a charge that was later dismissed). Of course Mushnick was going to go for Peterson’s jugular, and claimed his biggest character flaw was was playing in the Minnesota Vikings’ game on Sunday, two days after his 2-year-old son passed away. Still, I’m stuck with what I’ve got. And it’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. Mushnick then did the what we should expect a guy like him to do, still piggybacking for more attention, he blamed the young boy’s death on Peterson. Essentially saying that because A.P. is this million dollar athlete, he “didn’t provide the child with a suitable home environment.” With his resources, how could Peterson, the NFL’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 couldn’t have provided his son a better life, a longer life? 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? Phil Mushnick will continue to write and have garbage like this printed as long as we the media, sports fans, and daily newspaper readers continue to allow him to get famous off of spewing garbage. Phil Mushnick is a professional and works for one of the top papers in america.  So  I find it hard to believe that Mr. Mushnick didn’t do  his research and was unaware that Adrian Peterson just recently found out that he had another two year old son.  Mushnick is judgmental and pompous, yet a guy with a nose for critiquing offers no insight into his background or his experiences a child. He speaks of baby mama’s, Peterson’s upbringing and parents as if a set stigma growing up is suppose to define all of us.
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