Sony Pictures has announced it has officially dropped Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson as the lead in their reboot of their 2003 hit comedy, “Daddy Day Care,” after the NFL star was indicted this week in Texas on charges of negligent injury of a child. Sony head Amy Pascal revealed that when she learned Peterson was indicted Friday for punishing his 4-year-old son by beating him with a switch, she knew it was impossible for Peterson to step into the role Charlie Hilton, the out-of-work father who opens Daddy Day Care, made famous by Eddie Murphy.
“If Adrian really wanted to punish his son, he should have just made him watch Eddie Murphy’s most recent films,” Pascal told Hollywood & Swine. “I am truly devastated by this news because not only would Peterson have made an incredible Charlie Hilton, but I also took him in the 1st round of my fantasy football draft.”
In addition to putting his plans for a movie career in jeopardy, Peterson’s indictment has also threatened to derail his football career with the Vikings, who benched their All-Pro running back on Sunday, resulting in the team losing 30-7 at home to the New England Patriots. Following the game, Patriots coach Bill Belichick dedicated the game ball to the person most responsible for their victory, Adrian Peterson’s 4-year-old son.
Peterson’s indictment comes on the heels of TMZ releasing a video earlier this week featuring another star running back, Baltimore Ravens Ray Rice, assaulting his fiancée in an elevator, which led to his suspension from the league. To make matters worse, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced earlier today he is canceling his plans to appear on an episode of the CBS hit reality series, “Undercover Boss,” because he is too terrified of his players.