Former NFL Player, Sex Offender Christian Peter Is A Supporting Member Of Christie Fundraiser Committee
Former NFL player, admitted alcoholic and convicted sex offender Christian Peter is a member of the host committee for a Governor Christie fundraiser/cocktail party scheduled for April 30th in Middletown.
Political fundraising host committees typically don’t meet. Members names are included on invitations in order to encourage others to attend and contribute to the event and as an acknowledgement of the level of funds the member has agreed to contribute or raise. The invitation to the April 30th event at the DiPiero residence on Navesink River Road can be viewed here.
The committee, chaired by Senator Joe and Susan Kyrillos, is a who’s who of investment banking, medicine, commerce, philanthropy, politics and government in Monmouth County and beyond. Peter’s name sticks out like item from a which item does not belong test.
While a member of the national champion Nebraska Cornhuskers football team in the early-mid 1990’s Peter was arrested eight times and convicted four times on various charges including sexual assault. A previous sexual assault in a Nebraska dormitory was not prosecuted but resulted an out of court settlement in a civil suit which cost the University of Nebraska $50,000.
Peter was drafted by the New England Patriots in the 1996 NFL Draft, but cut from the team three days after the draft due to a public outcry by Patriots fans over his history of violence against women, including from Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s wife. He was given a second chance by the New York Giants who signed him to a league minimum contract at the behest of Oakhurst psychologist Dr. Joel Goldberg. Goldberg consults for the Giants and other professional sports teams including the Mets and the Nets. Peter sat out the 1996 NFL season while being treated for alcoholism and attention deficit disorder. During a May 1997 press conference called by the Giants to introduce Peter to the New York media, Peter blamed his violence against women on his alcoholism and A.D.D. He admitted he hurt a lot of people and apologized. He said he would eventually volunteer at a shelter for battered women.
Peter played in the NFL for the Giants, the Indianapolis Colts and the Chicago Bears.
Since retiring from the NFL in 2004, Peter opened a sports bar, The 4th Quarter Tavern in Atlantic Highlands, which has since closed. Currently he sells insurance from an office suite rental facility in Red Bank.
Peter did not respond to call asking for an interview about his life since the NFL and his involvement in political fundraising.
Asked about Peter’s inclusion on the host committee for the April 30th fundraiser, Senator Kyrillos referred MoreMonmouthMusings to the Christie campaign. Mike DuHaime, Christie’s campaign strategist, has not returned a call for comment.