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Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson was “deactivated” (read: suspended) after he was indicted for viciously beating his 4-year-son with a switch. Peterson’s weak excuse was that he disciplined his son in the manner which he was raised.

The sad irony is Peterson’s secret Love child was beaten to death in October by his mother’s boyfriend.

Joseph Patterson, 27, was arrested and charged in that case.

Peterson’s child abuse came to light when the boy’s mother noticed fresh injuries on her son’s back, buttocks, legs and scrotum after Peterson returned him from a court-ordered visitation.

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been indicted in Texas on a charge of injury to a child, and a warrant has been issued for his arrest, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Friday.

A statement from Sheriff Tommy Gage said a grand jury “true billed” Peterson on Thursday, and the arrest warrant was issued at 2:47 p.m. CT on Friday.

The Vikings announced Friday evening that Peterson will not play Sunday when Minnesota hosts the New England Patriots.

Peterson is the 2nd NFL star to be suspended this week for domestic abuse.

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was cut by the team on Monday and the NFL suspended him indefinitely after gossip tabloid TMZ released video showing him knocking out his wife in a casino elevator.

As in the case of Ray Rice where there is video evidence, there is graphic photo evidence of Peterson’s child abuse.

Women and children are easy targets of grown men who were raised in violent homes. Until we as a people stop assaulting our own children, the cycle of domestic violence will continue.