Adrian Peterson, who is considered one of the best running backs in the NFL, was benched Sunday due to his scandal regarding the physical abuse of his 4 year old son. He was charged with child abuse less than a week ago when news broke that he used a wooden switch to spank his young son. Zygi and Mark Wilf, the owners of the Minnesota Vikings, said they were looking to await more definitive news of the legal processes at hand before making any rash decisions on Peterson’s future. “To be clear, we take very seriously any matter that involves the welfare of a child. At this time, however, we believe this is a matter of due process and we should allow the legal system to proceed so we can come to the most effective conclusions and then determine the appropriate course of action. This is a difficult path to navigate, and our focus is on doing the right thing. Currently, we believe we are at a juncture where the most appropriate next step is to allow the judicial process to move forward,” the owners said. Peterson will be facing court in Texas on Wednesday, on the charge of reckless or negligent injury to a child. If convicted he can go to jail for up to two years and have to pay a $10,000 fine.
The highest-paid neurosurgeon in the United States makes around $500,000 a year. Their education takes between 14 to 16 years, which means they are well into their 20s when they start working, and they probably won’t be making anywhere near $500,000 until they reach their forties. The average salary of a professional soccer player is 3 million a year, and they’ll be making that sum before their mid-twenties. Is this gap unfair? After all, professional athletes don’t save lives as surgeons do. They don’t have to study for decades, get into school debt, or spend any sleepless nights during residency. The reason behind this difference is a combination of factors, and as with most things in the modern economic system, we have to take supply and demand into consideration.