The man convicted in the death of Adrian Peterson's 2-year-old son has been sentenced to life in a South Dakota prison.

A jury found Joseph Patterson guilty in the death of NFL running back Adrian Peterson‘s two-year-old son, ESPN reports. A South Dakota jury deliberated for over five hours before reaching their verdict, the site writes. Tyrese Robert Ruffin died in October 2013 in the home of Patterson and Peterson’s former girlfriend, Ashley Ann Doohen. Autopsy results showed the toddler sustained […]

Before Tom Brady’s surprising “deflategate” suspension announced this week, the National Football League has suspended other players for behaving badly on and off the field. On Monday, the National Football League suspended the New England Patriots quarterback for four games without pay after finding that the team used deflated footballs to gain an advantage in the […]


Congratulations!! new @WhiteHouse Social #Secretary: Deesha Dyer also cofounder @begirl_world — GiftedScholarsLP (@GiftedScholars) April 17, 2015 Yesterday, the White House announced that Deputy Director and Deputy Social Secretary Deesha Dyer will be promoted to Special Assistant to the President and Social Secretary. Dyer was recognized for her efforts to impact children from communities […]

Former NFL Chicago running back, Adrian Peterson (pictured) said a heartfelt goodbye via Facebook to his 7-year-old son, A.J. (pictured), who lost his battle with brain cancer on Tuesday. “#Ajsoars is in Heaven, where he belongs…#ajsoars #P3 #MyFirstSuperHero,” said Peterson about his little boy who was first diagnosed with the disease last June. Peterson and […]


Police brutality is an issue that has long plagued the African American community. And with the recent death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, the topic has been pushed to the forefront of the national conversation. In her latest installment of her docu-series, “Black in America,” journalist Soledad O’ Brien will explore the tarnished […]

Crime, Sports

  Vikings running back Adrian Peterson avoided a jail term yesterday after reaching a plea deal in his child abuse case. The felony abuse charge against him was reduced to one count of misdemeanor reckless assault. He was ordered by Montgomery County District Judge Kelly Case to pay a $4,000 fine and do 80 hours […]


There’s no question that winding up in the NFL is a career destination that many young Black men look at as preferable. Football, for so many young brothers, is a culture, not just a sport. You need only visit your local high school on a Friday night through the autumn to peer in to the […]

When news of Minnesota Vikings’ Adrian Peterson (pictured below) broke about the severe whipping he gave his 4-year-old son, he defended his actions as those of a Dad who cares. Now the gridiron player’s mom, Bonita Jackson (pictured), has stepped forward to defend her son’s mode of corporal punishment as something that was not only done out of […]

Republicans and African Americans may not agree on much, but they tend to be on the same page when it comes to spanking, according to a longtime study by the University Of Chicago. RELATED: Reggie Bush Backs Adrian Peterson’s Discipline Methods Black Americans are more likely than any other racial group to spank their children, […]


Vikings star Adrian Peterson (pictured) has found an ally in his style of parenting: Reggie Bush (pictured). RELATED: ‘I Am Not A Perfect Parent!’ Adrian Peterson Releases Statement After Child Abuse Charges “I was punished the same way,” the Detroit Lions running back said Tuesday on the “Boomer and Carton” radio show. “And I know […]

Minnesota Vikings superstar Adrian Peterson (pictured center)  is facing charges of alleged child abuse after striking his 4-year-old son with a wooden switch. In response, the  30-year-old NFL running back posted a lengthy declaration Monday on his Twitter page, declaring that he is by no means guilty of being a bad parent. SEE ALSO: S.C. Pastor Gets […]