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The Death Of Adrian Peterson’s Son Is Truly Disturbing

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The Death Of Adrian Peterson’s Son Is Truly Disturbing

In what has to be the worst sports story of 2013, the 2-year old son of Vikings running Adrian Peterson has died. Details courtesy of ESPN.com

“Joseph Robert Patterson was arrested on aggravated assault charges on Thursday and made his first court appearance Friday. He is being held on $750,000 bail, and in light of the boy’s death, the Lincoln County State Attorney’s office will review the case for additional charges, according to a statement from the Sioux Falls police department.”

But it gets much, much more disturbing…

Patterson, 27, is being held on two felony counts of aggravated battery of an infant and aggravated assault domestic.

The Vikings (1-3) host the Carolina Panthers (1-3) on Sunday.

The 2-year-old son of Adrian Peterson died early Friday evening in Sioux Falls, S.D., police confirmed. Peterson’s playing status for Sunday has yet to be determined. “I think we should allow Adrian to grieve tonight,” a Vikings source told ESPN.

Peterson, who spoke to reporters earlier Friday at the team’s facility, had said prior to the announcement of the child’s death that he would play Sunday.

A Vikings source, however, told ESPN’s Josina Anderson that feeling “was the emotion of the moment. That could change.”

Peterson left the team facility Friday evening.

“I think we should allow Adrian to grieve tonight,” the source said. “The plan is to talk to him tomorrow for now.”

Another source close to Peterson told Anderson he was certain Peterson would play against the Panthers. Another source close to Peterson said he would tell Peterson to sleep on it.

Police and an EMS crew were called Wednesday to a Sioux Falls home, where the child was found unresponsive and was rushed to the hospital, according to a police statement. The child was under Patterson’s care at the time and nobody else was at the home.

At the hospital, it was discovered that the child’s injuries were consistent with abuse. Patterson, who police say is the boyfriend of the child’s mother, was taken into custody and charged.

Peterson is second in the NFL with 421 yards rushing and first in the league with five touchdowns. He came back from reconstructive knee surgery to rush for 2,097 yards and win the league MVP award last season.

The Panthers, this week’s opponent, were sympathetic.

“It’s absolutely terrible. Our thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family, and hopefully things work out,” coach Ron Rivera said.

Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said he thought Peterson practiced as well as he could Friday considering the circumstance.

“He seems like he was into it, engaged in what he had to get done,” Frazier said. “Obviously, tough. He’s human. But he was into it mentally, best as he could be.”

Fellow running back Toby Gerhart said: “It’s hard for any man to admit that he’s hurting or he needs help or anything like that. For us to be around him and tell him we’ve got his back, if there’s anything he needs that we’re there for him, I think that goes a long way.”

News of the boy’s death spread throughout the sports world Friday. LeBron James of the NBA’s Miami Heat, who said he is close friends with Peterson, sent text messages and tweets to offer his support.

“He’s a friend of mine, first of all,” James said. “I’ve had a pretty good relationship (with) him for a long time. I respect him as a father and as a role model. And also having two boys of my own, it hit home. It sucks that this has happened. Like I said in my tweets, my family, our prayers go up to him and him and his family, his son.”

“I’m absolutely angry, because it’s an innocent kid that’s taken away by someone’s stupidity,” James added. “I don’t know the guy who did it. But there’s nothing that a two-year-old kid can say, can do, can harm to any grown-up that would make them do that. It’s a lot of hurt. It’s a lot of anger. It’s messed up.”

This story is insane, and it’s truly horrible. There’s really nothing else to say. Every detail is like taking a rake directly to the face.

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