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Adrian Peterson

I Won't Let My Son Play Football

2/23/2013 7:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Minnesota Vikings
star Adrian Peterson -- aka Purple Jesus ... aka one of the greatest running backs of all time -- says he'll NEVER LET HIS SON PLAY FOOTBALL!!!

Peterson was out in Houston last week for All-Star Weekend -- carrying his young son -- when he said, "This is Adrian Jr. He won't be playing football."

There are a million possible reasons for why a dad wouldn't let his son play football -- but coming from one of the greatest NFL players ever, it's pretty shocking.

The likely explanation ... the game of football has recently come under intense scrutiny for its long-term health risks -- following the high-profile suicides of several NFL stars, including Junior Seau.

The deaths have been attributed to a brain disease stemming from injuries the players sustained during their careers.

Even President Obama has commented on the health concerns -- saying if he had a son, he would have to think about whether he would let him play football.

Granted, it's not like Adrian's kid will ever need pro football money ... but we still gotta ask ...

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tomjones    

like Adrian will have money by the time his kid is 7. lmao. he will be dirt poor and be claiming bankruptcy long before his kid hits puberty. he should get his meal ticket into football as soon as possible

576 days ago
17.

Gretel    

Here's another suggestion: Maybe if your son decides he wants to play football you can stash your ego, keep our frickin' mouth shut and simply support him like any other parent. I guess that would be too hard for you since you are a "star" after all.

576 days ago
18.

Bmorecurlyguy    

Tmz stop reporting on sports...u guys can ruin anything else except sports

576 days ago
19.

tdr9    

We need more news

576 days ago
20.

Truth    

WTF... TMZ IS JUST STARTING ISH TO CREATE VIEWS ON A SLOW NEWS DAY. DUDE NEVER SAID THAT'S WHY HE DINT WANT HIS SON TO PLAY FOOTBALL. COULD BE ANY REASON... THE REAL TRUTH IS TO ASK THE BABYMAMA, SHE KNOWS... PROLLY CUZ THE LITTLE KID IS GAY AND HE DONT WANT HIM IN THAT ENVIRONMENT AND CULTURE FOR ALL U KNOW. HARVEY SIT THE F*CK DOWN AND STAY ANALYZING THE QUEEN CAR-KRASH-IANS AND WUT FAT KIMYE IS WEARING FOR THE DAY! #TRUTH!!

576 days ago
21.

Serialkilla213    

It's not YOUR choice it's your sons he's not your slave how can you just say what he can do and can't do it would've been a shame if your father told you no.

576 days ago
22.

tdr9    

We needs more news

576 days ago
23.

janet    

Who is this guy?

576 days ago
24.

Mikey    

"Even President Obama has commented on the health concerns"


And the government brainwashing begins anew.

576 days ago
25.

Mikey    

If playing football is so bad why doesn't he walk away right now?


Do what I say not what I do.........Kinda like the Obamas.

576 days ago
26.

freaksloan    

Is he gonna let him drive a car? Play soccer? Is he gonna let him leave the house?

576 days ago
27.

freaksloan    

If the sport so bad, why is Obama and Congress not making it against the law?

I mean that must not really care about the kids.

576 days ago
28.

Realist    

Let me fix that story for you TMZtards: "There is no proof that the 'disease' in question is caused by injuries incurred during playing football."

There, that's better. Until you become TMZ Laboratories In., and have scientists and doctors on staff, how about you all stop jumping to conclusions. You can add "We were born that way" to that list of unproven medical stupidity.

576 days ago
29.

Mikey    

Its starting, no dodgeball, no soccer, no football because its to dangerous for kids. Baseball and hockey are dangerous too, thats next. If your a kid the government decides what you eat. If you're in NYC the government is working on deciding what adults can eat.


Give in and you get a free Obama phone. Ding Ding Ding!

576 days ago
30.

Mikey    

The government is coming for your balls.

576 days ago
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