NFL star Adrian Peterson has been charged with abusing his four-year-old son and took to Twitter to criticize those who were judging him for his behavior, noting that the public was "usurping" God's role as the Ultimate Judge.
"Come to me and rest. Give your mind a break from its habitual judging. You form judgments about this situation, that situation, this person, that person, yourself, even the weather – as if judging were your main function. When you become preoccupied with passing judgment, you usurp My role," Peterson tweeted, citing the book Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence by Sarah Young.
Peterson has been formally charged with reckless or negligent injury of a child due to the use of what was called a "switch," a tree branch stripped of all leaves and twigs. He used the instrument to spank his four-year-old son. A doctor was the one to report the boy's injuries, which included cuts and bruises to his buttocks, ankles, leg and scrotum, according to CBS Houston. more >>
Arkansas State University says it will be removing the Christian cross from football players' helmets after a complaint was filed claiming that it violates separation of church and state laws.
The Red Wolves football team's helmets feature a white cross along with the initials of deceased ASU teammate Markel Owens, who was murdered during a home invasion in January, and equipment manager Barry Weyer, who died in a car accident earlier this year.
Embattled former Baltimore Ravens football player Ray Rice, 27, and his wife, Janay, reportedly became born-again Christians in March, shortly after he beat his then-fiancée unconscious inside a casino elevator. Rice is reportedly blaming their behavior on heavy drinking.
"Our sources say Ray and his wife have gotten deep into religion since the February incident, and they were both baptized in March when they decided to become born-again Christians," said a TMZ Sports report.
"We're also told they've also done religious mentoring with other couples ... including NFL players and their wives," it continued. more >>
Football players at Arkansas State University were ordered to either remove a Christian cross decal from their helmets or modify it into a mathematical sign after a Jonesboro attorney complained that the image violated the U.S. Constitution.
The cross decal was meant to memorialize former player Markel Owens and former equipment manager Barry Weyer, said athletic director Terry Mohajir. Weyer was killed in a June car crash. Owens was gunned down in Tennessee in January.
Barry Weyer, Sr., told me that the players and coaches voluntarily decided to memorialize his son and Owens. more >>
A Cincinnati Bengals player got cut from the starting roster, and it's possibly because his head isn't completely on football at the moment. Instead, Devon Still was signed to the practice squad of his football team in order to help him pay for treatment and support his 4-year-old Leah who was diagnosed with cancer.
The whole team and her daddy are behind her during this time. This is a beautiful thing for an organization to do this for Devon, even though he is not on the roster. It is acts of kindness like this that show us how beautiful the world and people can be.
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NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders joined adventurer Bears Grylls for a day of camping through Utah's southwest desert mountains where at one point Sanders began to pray in tongues while facing a challenging canyon ascent.
The "Running Wild with Bear Grylls" episode aired Monday night in which the former athlete is shown as he maneuvers through the wild while putting his athleticism, and mental and physical toughness to the test.
"I began to pray in tongues because it's a language between me and God that He knows. But I wanted a direct line, a direct contact, so God could expedite this process and give me the peace I needed," said Sanders in the episode. "I said, 'Lord, you didn't bring me way out here to end it. You've never forsaken me, never let me down.'" more >>