By Shan Shariff


Shan Shariff | @NewSchoolSS

DALLAS, Texas (105.3 THE FAN) – I’ve had a few thoughts after the reaction to my Adrian Peterson-Cowboys article that was posted on Wednesday September 17th.

I don’t support child abuse or what Adrian Peterson did. I understand not everyone listened to our show this week but if you did, you heard me say what Adrian did was excessive and he needed to miss some games.

The use of “WE” in the piece needs some clarification. I am not suggesting EVERY single person in Texas supports child abuse or agrees with AP’s form of discipline. Looking back, I probably should have clarified that.

“WE” refers to the Texas mentality of supporting/agreeing with this form of discipline MORE THAN other parts of the country. (See results of ESPN poll below for further examination.)

(Poll courtesy ESPN)

(Poll courtesy ESPN)

Texas, Peterson’s home state, voted 68% in favor of reinstating Peterson on Monday, registering more than 24,000 votes. By Thursday, 21,000 more voters split 50/50 on banning him. Other Southern states fell into the same pattern.

Is it insensitive to be thinking about Adrian Peterson’s next team at this time if the Vikings cut him? Maybe, but that’s the FAN in me and I don’t apologize for it. If Calvin Johnson or Aaron Rodgers were facing the same Peterson accusations with the chance of their team cutting them, you’re telling me every fan base (AND OWNER) wouldn’t be thinking about acquiring them? Please.

The national writers criticizing me for thinking about football as an ‘Asset Management business’? Maybe they don’t have the license on their websites to do so. Or maybe they’re not being honest with themselves every time a player comes available to their favorite or local team who gets in behavioral trouble. Well, I’m not them. I always have and always will present my thoughts with honesty.

Just to reiterate:

IMO, Adrian Peterson was wrong for what he did.

He deserves to miss SOME time.

He WILL play football again, in a city and state that must accept him PR wise.

He’s still a Hall of Famer difference maker who can put a team over the top.

I’d want that talent playing for the Dallas Cowboys.

If you and I have ever talked through the show, Facebook or Twitter, you know I LOVE the interaction, exchange of ideas and even the debate. Keep it coming – and have a good weekend peeps! Thanks for the time.

Signed,
Public Enemy #1
*until the next player gets arrested

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