• Mother of boy in Adrian Peterson case outraged over 'invasion of privacy'

    Published: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    A statement was released Tuesday afternoon of from the law firm representing the mother of the boy who is the subject of the Adrian Peterson allegations of child abuse. Peterson was charged with hitting his 4-year-old son with a wooden switch, a charge Peterson replied to in a statement Monday. The statement from the firm is as follows: We represent the mother of the minor child of Adrian Peterson, the NFL player that is the subject of an indictment in Montgomery County, Texas. My client, on behalf of herself and their son, wishes to express her extreme outrage at the invasion of their privacy that has occurred through the publication of highly confidential and private data obtained regarding them by the press without their permission or consent. My client is hurt and outraged that the press would publish throughout the world pictures of their minor son and publish statements allegedly made as part of the private and confidential criminal investigative file. My client asks the press and the public to respect the privacy rights of herself and their son by immediately removing any and all pictures and statements that are part of the private and confidential criminal investigative file and that should not be in the possession of the press and the public. My client, on behalf of herself and their son, asks the press to immediately cease and desist from further publicizing private and confidential information about herself or their son gathered in connection with the indictment of Mr. Peterson. In making this statement, it is the mother’s intent to not comment at this time with respect to any matters involving this case. Kelly C. Dohm, Esq. Melchert, Hubert, Sjodin, P.L.L.P.

  • Adrian Peterson: Apologies have been replaced by apologists

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    The former OU running back should have stood up and admitted he was wrong. But Peterson didn’t do that. Mostly because they don’t make apologies like they used to.

  • Report: Adrian Peterson merchandise pulled from Nike stores in Minnesota

    Published: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    Nike has made a bold statement against the recent charges against Adrian Peterson. Nike stores in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) have reportedly pulled all Peterson merchandise from their shelves. Peterson is facing charges of child abuse after using a wooden switch to spank his 4-year-old son.

  • Recent OU commit Will Sunderland: Joe Mixon influenced my decision to join Sooners

    Ryan Aber | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Midwest City cornerback Will Sunderland had a big weekend last week, committing to Oklahoma on Saturday hours before the Sooners took on Tennessee. Tuesday, Sunderland took to Twitter to thank Joe Mixon for influencing him to commit. Mixon is serving a one-year suspension from the team after being charged with a misdemeanor stemming from an […]

  • The Non-Fiction Writers podcast: Previewing Saturday's Big 12 opener with West Virginia radio analyst Dwight Wallace

    Jason Kersey | Published: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    Welcome to the home of “The Non-Fiction Writers,” NewsOK.com’s new OU football podcast from beat writers Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber. The podcast’s name is a nod to legendary former OU football coach Barry Switzer, who has famously referred to reporters as “fiction writers.” You can click on the link below to listen and download […]

  • Texas DT Tank Jackson apologizes for coin-flip mistake against UCLA

    erik horne | Published: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    Texas defensive tackle Desmond "Tank" Jackson took to Twitter to apologize for his mistake during the coin toss against UCLA on Saturday. The gaffe has received national attention following the Longhorns' 20-17 loss at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, as Texas mistakenly ended up kicking off to UCLA to start the first and second halves. The Bruins won the coin toss and chose to defer to the second half, but Jackson made the mistake of telling game officials that the Longhorns wanted to kick off. He apologized with a series of Tweets Monday night and Tuesday morning. Typically, when a team wins a coin toss, they defer their option to kick or receive to the second half. The other team then (typically) chooses which end zone they want to defend to start the game. Instead of picking the end zone to defend ... Jackson picked to kick. Texas coach Charlie Strong made light of the situation Monday. “I just think the guys got overly excited,” Strong chuckled . “They (the referees) asked if they wanted to play defense and they said, ‘Yeah, let’s go play defense,’ not knowing we had the ball. “It’s a possession that we lost, but it’s done with.”

  • Gerald McCoy, Bucs unsure if he should play with broken hand

    Published: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy had no wrap or cast on his broken left hand, but he and the Bucs still are weighing whether he should play Thursday at Atlanta and risk further injury. The short turnaround makes the decision more difficult for McCoy and the Bucs, coming off a game Sunday against the St. Louis Rams. McCoy was injured trying to beat a double team on the Bucs' eighth defensive play. "It can always get worse," McCoy said Tuesday. "That's the risk of going out there Thursday...time is very short this week, so not having a full week to recover is definitely working against me but I'm a fighter."

  • OU football: Trevor Knight a 12-to-1 Heisman Trophy favorite in latest odds

    Published: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    Trevor Knight is gaining steam in the Heisman Trophy race. On and off the field. In the latest Heisman Trophy odds update from @BovadaLV, the OU quarterback is getting 12/1 odds -- up from 20/1 last week. Knight is the highest-ranked Big 12 player on the list, with Baylor QB Bryce Petty close behind at 14/1. The top 10: Marcus Mariota, Oregon -- 11/2 Todd Gurley, Georgia -- 7/1 Kenny Hill, Texas A&M -- 15/2 Everett Golson, Notre Dame -- 10/1 Jameis Winston, Florida State -- 10/1 Trevor Knight, Oklahoma -- 12/1 Bryce Petty, Baylor -- 14/1 Nick Marshall, Auburn -- 16/1 Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska -- 20/1 Taysom Hill, BYU -- 20/1

  • 'Suspend Adrian Peterson' Minnesota governor says to Vikings

    Published: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    The governor of Minnesota is calling on the Vikings to change course and suspend Adrian Peterson. Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says Peterson — who admits that he whipped his son and caused cuts and bruises — should not be playing until he has gone through the legal process. "Whipping a child to the extent of visible wounds, as has been alleged, should not be tolerated in our state," Dayton said. "Therefore, I believe the team should suspend Mr. Peterson, until the accusations of child abuse have been resolved by the criminal justice system.” Peterson  released a statement Monday in response to the charges of child abuse brought against him, saying "I am not a perfect son. I am not a perfect husband. I am not a perfect parent, but I am, without a doubt, not a child abuser." Peterson was ruled inactive for the Vikings' 30-7 Week 2 loss to the New England Patriots, but has been reinstated by the team for Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.

  • OU football: Sterling Shepard added to Biletnikoff Award Watch List

    Published: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    OU receiver Sterling Shepard was one of 12 players added to the Biletnikoff Award Watch List Tuesday. The Biletnikoff Award annually recognizes the most outstanding receiver in college football. Through three games, Shepard has been one of the top receivers in the Football Bowl Subdivision, ranking 14th nationally and third in the Big 12 Conference in receiving yards (335). Shepard is coming off of back-to-back games of 100 or more receiving yards against Tulsa and Tennessee. Other receivers added to the Watch List: KD Cannon of Baylor and Kevin White of West Virginia, who are atop the Big 12 in receiving yards with 471 and 460 yards, respectively; Keevan Lucas of Tulsa (sixth nationally with 372 yards receiving).

  • Whippings a part of Adrian Peterson's childhood

    Published: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    David Cummings and Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson still talk about the frequent whippings Peterson's father administered — and one whipping in particular. USA Today's Josh Peter writes about Peterson's upbringing and how he was disciplined in Palestine, Texas, a school district in which corporal punishment is still an option today. Cummings, a childhood friend of Peterson, says the discipline he and Peterson received as children was "normal."

  • Power Lunch: Chat with OU writer Jason Kersey

    staff reports | Updated: 9 hr ago

    Jason Kersey jumps on the Power Lunch chat to preview OU vs. West Virginia, discuss Keith Ford's injury and more at 11 a.m. Get your questions in now.

  • OU football: Eric Striker back at No. 1, defense dominates updated top-10 Sooners list

    Jason Kersey | Updated: 9 hr ago

    NORMAN — Oklahoma improved to 3-0 with its 34-10 victory over Tennessee last weekend on Owen Field, and it’s Tuesday morning. That means it’s time to update my list of the top-10 Sooner football players. Click here for last week’s rankings. This list is getting tougher and tougher to compile every week as more players […]

  • Oklahoma football: Schematic switch has changed the way Bob Stoops, his staff evaluate defensive recruits

    Jason Kersey | Published: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    NORMAN — Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said he and his staff have changed the way they evaluate potential recruits now that they run a three-man defensive front. “You’ve got a broader range of linebackers that you’re using now,” Stoops said. “Some are better pass rushers than they are cover guys, so there’s a blend of […]

  • Oklahoma football: Senior cornerback Julian Wilson likes being tested at his new position

    Jason Kersey | Published: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    NORMAN — Senior Julian Wilson is the most game-tested member of the Sooners’ defensive backfield, but has only played three games at his current position. Wilson started all 13 games last season at nickelback, and also earned two starts and 24 game appearances over the two previous years, but moved to cornerback before this season. […]

  • Oklahoma football: Quarterback Trevor Knight running the ball less this season

    Jason Kersey | Published: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    NORMAN — Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight hasn’t run the ball nearly this season as much as he did early in the 2013 campaign. In two starts to begin last season, Knight carried the ball 20 times for 145 yards. He’s recorded 14 carries for 69 yards and two touchdowns so far through three games in […]

  • West Virginia suspends top cornerback Daryl Worley days before Big 12 opener vs. Oklahoma

    Jason Kersey | Published: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    NORMAN — West Virginia starting cornerback Daryl Worley has been suspended indefinitely for violating team rules, Mountaineers coach Dana Holgorsen announced Monday night. Worley, a sophomore, ranks third on the team in tackles with 17 and has intercepted two passes through three games this season. As a freshman last year, Worley recorded 45 tackles and […]

  • Oklahoma football: Freshman running back Samaje Perine has always looked, played mature beyond his years

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    Nobody is asking for Samaje Perine’s birth certificate these days — like they did when his mom signed him up for Pop Warner football as an 8-year old — but Oklahoma’s true freshman running back is certainly playing at a level beyond his years.

  • Oklahoma football notebook: Running back Keith Ford to miss game at West Virginia, maybe more

    By Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey | Published: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    Ford will miss at least Saturday’s game against West Virginia after suffering a fractured fibula in Saturday’s game against Tennessee.

  • New accusations: Adrian Peterson injured another son while disciplining 4-year-old

    Published: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    Photos and text messages obtained by KHOU in Houston, Tex. reveal another incident in which former Oklahoma standout Adrian Peterson is accused of injuring another son while disciplining the boy, the news station reports. The four-year-old is by a different mother than the alleged victim in the Montgomery County case , in which Peterson is charged with felony injury to a child, KHOU reports.