Amidst allegations that Adrian Peterson harmed his own child with a switch, Eli Manning is speaking out and demanding that the NFL expect better from it’s players.
Eli Manning, 33, has a lot to say about the allegations surrounding Minnesota Vikings player Adrian Peterson, 29. The Giants quarterback is not happy to hear that children may have been injured at another player’s hands, and he wants to make sure the world knows that he finds it completely unacceptable.
Eli Manning Is Not Happy With Adrian Peterson’s Child Abuse Allegations
One person who is not rooting for Adrian Peterson right now? Eli Manning.
While it seems the sports industry is split down the middle about whether or not to stand by Adrian as he faces accusations he abused not one, but two of his children, Eli is making it very clear that he stands on the opposing side.
“We can’t accept that as players, we can’t accept that from our teammates. We don’t like when the NFL gets a black eye on anything,” Eli said on Wednesday, Sept. 17 in East Rutherford, N.J.
“You hate to see a child that is being hurt. You don’t like seeing those things or hearing about them. Just try to go home and hug your own children. It makes you want to hopefully not put them in harm’s way.”
These strong words come from Eli, who just so happens to be a father of two beautiful little girls — Ava and Lucy.
Victor Cruz: Adrian’s Controversy Creates A ‘Stigma’ For Players
Eli wasn’t the only Giants player who had an opinion about the allegations that Adrian had physically abused and intentionally hard his own children with a switch.
The very same day, Victor Cruz also sounded off — keeping things a little more “politically correct” as he discussed what allegations like this do to NFL players in general.
“Obviously it creates that stigma for the rest of the league, but there has got to be guys like myself, guys like Eli Manning and Antrel Rolle [who], have a positive image and do things in their communities, that come to the light and have to shed light on those things. We have to be able to put those things on the forefront. It is up to us and guys like that to create that energy and that kind of atmosphere for everyone. Not just everyone on our team, but around the league,” Victor said, reports NJ.com.
Although Victor kept his emotions out of his statement, it is worth nothing that he is also a father to a little girl named Kennedy.
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— Lauren Cox