Hall of Fame receiver and ESPN analyst Cris Carter emotionally discussed his own upbringing today as the "NFL Countdown" crew talked about Adrian Peterson's indictment on child abuse charges.
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"My mom did the best job she could do raising seven kids by herself, but there are thousands of things that I have learned since then that my mom was wrong," he said. "It's the 21st century - my mom was wrong. She did the best she could but she was wrong about some of that stuff she taught me and I promised my kids I won't teach that mess to them."
Carter, who played 12 seasons with the Vikings, said he was proud the team held Peterson out of today's game against the New England Patriots.
"Take him off the field," he said, slapping his hand against the desk.
Peterson was released from jail early Saturday morning after he was booked on a charge of reckless or negligent injury to a child. His 4-year-old son sustained numerous injuries after Peterson allegedly spanked him with a switch.
Carter and the "NFL Countdown" crew also discussed the Carolina Panthers' decision to place defensive end Greg Hardy on the inactive list in their game today against the Detroit Lions.
Hardy was found guilty in July of assaulting and threatening his ex-girlfriend. He's currently appealing the conviction.
"How could you allow Greg Hardy on the field?" asked ESPN analyst and former Denver Broncos linebacker Tom Jackson. "Due process has played out. He's convicted. He's appealing. We know the facts of the case. They're undisputed."
"At least in this instance, Mr. Richardson and the Carolina Panthers got this right for this moment," Jackson added.
The Panthers' decision to sideline Hardy comes after the Baltimore Ravens cut Ray Rice and the NFL placed the running back on indefinite suspension after video surfaced of him punching his then-fiancee Janay Palmer in an Atlantic City casino elevator in February. He was originally suspended for two-games.
"I challenge the NFL community and all men to seriously confront the problem of domestic violence," CBS studio announcer James Brown said during an NFL pregame show Thursday night ahead of the Ravens game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
"This problem is bigger than football ... but wouldn't it be productive if this collective outrage, as my colleagues have said, can be channeled, to truly here and address the long suffering cries for help of so many women, and as they said, do something about it?" Brown said.
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