When San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers allowed ESPN to ask him questions from fans, the organization provided one that attacked his large family. Rivers met his wife Tiffany in junior high school, and they married after his freshman year at North Carolina State University. They have been married for 12 years and have seven children. The question is–would ESPN ask this to Adrian Peterson or Antonio Cromartie, who both have numerous children with different women?
Peterson’s two-year-old son was murdered by the boy’s mother’s boyfriend. He only found out recently he was the boy’s father and did not even see him until the boy was in a coma. The case has revealed more about Peterson’s personal life. He has an eight-year-old daughter, four-year-old son and a two-year-old son. A fifth child, a three-month-old girl with a waitress at a popular Minnesota nightclub, was revealed on October 15.
Erica Syion, the mother of the four-year-old son, told TMZ Peterson may have seven children. She said he financially supports all his children, but could spend more time with them. Syion said Peterson spends the summers with the four-year-old child.
The media immediately propped up Peterson after Ty passed away. They posted pictures of Peterson with a child even before they had confirmation if it was Adrian Jr. Then, After it was proven to be Ty and not Adrian Jr., the media kept publishing the picture. They did not, especially ESPN, publish the news about Peterson only finding out Ty was his son and first saw him when he was in a coma as hard as intenselyas they did about the initial pieces of news.
In fact, as sympathy poured in for Peterson who never even knew the child, everyone conveniently forgot about the man who always thought he was Ty’s father. He was fed up with the sympathy.
“So tired of this ‘poor Adrian Peterson’ s–t,” Bobby Ruffin, the man who raised Peterson’s son, wrote on Facebook. “Let me blow all your minds. The boy who died was my son.
“Yes, A.P., he was the biological father, but I raised him and he carried my name. Tyrese Robert Ruffin. I don’t blame A.P. for not really caring cuz him and I both found out recently who the biological father was.
“So yea this isn’t all out yet but I’m sick of the poor A.P. s–t. He didn’t know or even meet my son. Sorry for the outburst but [put] yourself in my place.”
Peterson has five kids, maybe even seven, with different women in different parts of the country.
Then there is Antonio Cromartie. In April, he had his second child with his wife. He now has 10 kids by eight women, including four three-year-olds. He has children who reside in California, Texas, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and New Jersey. In 2010 an HBO Sports special asked him about his children and he could not even name all of them.
But who is criticized for having a huge family? The only one who is an actual family man.
Rivers has seven kids with one woman and they all live together in San Diego. Rivers is a very devout Catholic. He is pro-life and spends his own money to save the most vulnerable. He spends his off season speaking to young Catholics and encourages them to wait for sex until marriage and how to deal with other temptations in this world. His Rivers of Hope Foundation closed, but he and his wife still provide millions to those children finding their forever home:
There are hundreds of kids here in San Diego County ready to be adopted, so we want to raise awareness of that. We’re not reinventing the wheel, just trying to help the process go more smoothly with the organizations that already exist.
We do other things as well. If someone doesn’t have the money to buy a pair of cleats or a musical instrument, or whatever it might be, then we pay for those things. We also do referrals to crisis-pregnancy centers for mothers who need that support. Protecting the most vulnerable is essential to being pro-life.
If a fan submitted that same question to ESPN to ask Peterson or Cromartie, would they have asked it? The answer is probably not. For some reason it is okay to ridicule the one man who is doing life the correct way.