Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush has come to the defense of Adrian Peterson, who was indicted on charges of child abuse.
During an appearance on the Boomer & Carton show on WFAN, via CBS New York, Reggie Bush explained that he received the same kind of discipline when he was a child.
“I was one of those kids that got what we call ‘whoopins’ with a belt, stuff like that. For me, growing up, it was normal.”
Reggie Bush added that the NFL and the Minnesota Vikings should let Peterson play.
“Not to try to downplay the situation at all, but I think that if it was genuine, and, obviously, I’m sure there’s no ill intent against his own son, he should definitely be allowed to play football.”
Later, Bush explained that he received the same kind of discipline when he was younger.
“I was punished the same way, and I know a lot of my friends and a lot of the guys I’ve played with, they were punished the same way, too.”
When asked if he would use the same kind of parenting methods that Peterson used, Reggie Bush mentioned that he “most definitely” disciplines his 1-year-old daughter.
“Every person is different, and I definitely will use my best judgment to discipline her, depending on the situation, on what happens. I definitely will try to – will obviously not leave bruises or anything like that on her. But I definitely discipline her harshly, depending on what the situation is.”
Reggie Bush then explained that while all of the details in the Peterson case have not been released, the people on social media are already declaring him guilty.
“[There are] situations now where guys, when they are dealing with issues, it’s almost like the social media world has already deemed him as guilty before he’s given his due process – just because of what’s come out. You can’t deem a guys as guilty before all the facts come out.”
Bush was asked by one of the hosts if he would “consider using a switch” to discipline his own daughter. He said that might be an option.
“I would consider it, depending on what she did. I remember, growing up as a kid, I was very mischievous, and I got into a lot of trouble. But, you know, kids are kids. It’s part of being a parent, and I’m learning this now.”
Reggie Bush added he would use his “best judgement,” when it comes to disciplining his daughter.
“I’m not saying that I’m not going to spank her, but because, hopefully, she won’t do anything bad enough where I have to. But also, at the same time, kids are gonna be kids.”
However, Reggie Bush backtracked on his previous answer, saying he would not use a switch on his daughter.
“No, I didn’t say a branch or a stick; I said spanking. Spanking is different than a branch or a stick.”
Bush then clarified his comments on his Twitter page.
Let’s get one thing straight people, I believe in disciplining a child period! I believe in spanking a child (IF NEEDED) NOT beating them!
— Reggie Bush (@ReggieBush) September 16, 2014
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