Glenn Beck received an emotional phone call Thursday from a man who said everyone in the media discussing Adrian Peterson and Ray Rice's suspension from the NFL is missing something.
"Anger is what's driving these guys," the caller, described only as Robert from Mississippi, said on Beck's radio program. "It's got nothing to do with hating women. It's got nothing to do with wanting to beat your kids. It's just anger, and they can't control it."
Beck said the man sounded like he had first-hand experience with abuse, and the man admitted he was a "former abuser."
In this Sept. 7, 2014, file photo, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson carries the ball agianst the St. Louis Rams during an NFL football game in St. Louis. After a day of public pressure from angry fans and concerned sponsors, the Vikings have reversed course and placed star Peterson on the exempt-commissioner's permission list while he addresses child abuse charges in Texas. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson, File)
"I went for eight years beating up my wife and my little children, my little girls that I loved dearly. And it was all about anger," the man said, growing emotional. "I was beating my 4-year-old little girl, and..."
"Hang on just a second, Robert. How long ago was this?" Beck interrupted.
"It was a long time ago. It was 30 years ago," Robert said, seemingly fighting back tears.
"Thirty years ago, and listen to how this still affects him," Beck said. "Robert, you know that you've been forgiven for it, right?"
"I was in the middle of beating her up, and God reached down and convicted me and made me understand that I was the monster that my little kids were afraid of," Robert responded. "Before that, I was always blaming someone else. It was always somebody else's fault. It was my wife's fault. She made me angry. The kids made me angry. But the truth of the matter was, I was almost never angry at them. I was angry at something else, and it just ended up coming out on them, but it's anger."
"I'm not trying to justify what Ray Rice or Adrian Peterson did. What they did was wrong. They need to suffer the consequences for what they did," Robert continued. "But I'll be willing to bet you that Adrian Peterson was not mad at his boy when he was beating him. He was mad at something else, and it came out on that little boy. I'd be willing to bet there's anger in [Ray Rice] that he can't get rid of, and it came out on his wife."
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