Why the New York Post is wrong about Adrian Peterson

On the New York Post's website today is a teaser that says, "Son's death doesn't make Adrian Peterson a great person."

The link goes to a piece by columnist Phil Mushnick dressing down Adrian Peterson for having the temerity to play yesterday's Vikings game after learning of the tragic death Friday of his two-year-old son in Sioux Falls, who was the victim of alleged child abuse by the mother's boyfriend.

But the entire column is not just mean-spirited, but also wrong, and predicated on a widespread misunderstanding.

After running down Peterson for all manner of previous sins -- up to and including a long-ago speeding ticket -- Mushnick puts himself into AP's cleats and imagines his own reaction if one of his kids died:

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.

Later, Mushnick questions why Peterson didn't use his wealth to better protect the child:

With his resources, how could Peterson, the NFL's MVP, have allowed his son to remain in such an environment?

Besides being borderline racist with his continued invocation of the words "baby mama," Mushnick also seems ignorant of a key component of this story: Adrian Peterson only just found out he was the father of this child.

In this light, AP's ability to compose himself for the game makes much more sense. And the reason he didn't do more to protect the child is because he never had the chance.

UPDATE: Lest anyone think Mushnick wasn't being racist in his use of the term "Baby Mama," we will direct your attention to a previous effort by the same columnist, suggesting a new team name for the New York Knicks in honor of Jay-Z's ownership of the team:

Why the Brooklyn Nets when they can be the New York N------s? The cheerleaders could be the Brooklyn B----hes or Hoes. Team logo? A 9 mm with hollow-tip shell casings strewn beneath. Wanna be Jay-Z hip? Then go all the way!