Following shocking allegations that star running-back Adrian Peterson had reportedly beaten his naked four-year-old son with a tree branch causing multiple wounds, American football analyst Cris Carter passionately condemned the use of physical punishment against children.

Peterson was suspended for one game by his Minnesota Vikings team following the claims, less than a week after Baltimore Ravens running-back Ray Rice was sacked after a video emerged of him savagely knocking his fiancée unconscious.

The league's lax handling of that incident was severely criticised and also brought an impassioned response from CBS anchor James Brown, decrying the NFL's “deafening and deadly” silence about domestic violence.

Adrian Peterson (Picture: Getty)
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