Reggie Bush defends Adrian Peterson, spanking

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As it turns out, there are people worse at talking about the Adrian Peterson situation than the Vikings front office, or at least one.

Lions running back Reggie Bush said he supported Peterson’s method of punishing children, if not the degree to which Peterson took it.

I was punished the same way,” Bush said on WFAN, via the New York Daily News. “And I know a lot of my friends and a lot of the guys I played with, they were punished the same way, too.”

“I got what we call whoopings.”

Bush said he’d “harshly” punish his 1-year-old daughter, if need be.

“I definitely will try to — will obviously not leave bruises or anything like that on her,” Bush said. “But I definitely will discipline her harshly depending on what the situation is.”

He initially said he’d “consider” using a switch like Peterson did, but then said he misspoke.

“I said spanking,” he said. “Spanking is different than a branch or a stick”

Bush probably realized he stepped in a big pile upon leaving the interview, so he took to Twitter to start the ritual scraping of the shoe.

“Let’s get one thing straight people, I believe in disciplining a child period!” he wrote. “I believe in spanking a child (IF NEEDED) NOT beating them!

I’m a big believer in the First Amendment, and love it when football players speak openly and honestly.

But this is probably not the week to advocate for corporal punishment, unless you just enjoy having to explain what you really mean.

80 responses to “Reggie Bush defends Adrian Peterson, spanking

  1. Uh Oh. Cue the Reggie Bush condemnation….

    We may find that lots of people were actually disciplined this way….and do something *gasp* similar with their children.

    What do we want to do? Throw them all in prison or just point them out while shaking our heads so we feel better about ourselves?

  2. I don’t interpret this as “defending Adrian Peterson”. Reggie Bush hasn’t beaten any children. That’s the truth and let’s not get it twisted.

  3. “I definitely will try to — will obviously not leave bruises or anything like that on her”, ff said in relation to a woman you’ll be lit on fire and hung in town square but say that about a child, it’s all good and falls under “discipline”.

  4. I’m sorry, but physical discipline to a child who does not understand what is right or wrong is disgusting. When the child is over the age of 7, then if you believe that is the right course, go for it. But a one year old? A four year old? What ever happened to sitting them down and explaining to them why whatever they did was wrong? My father sat me down and sternly tought me with words. Making your child scared of you is not proper parenting.

  5. Punishment is a great idea when the “punished” can actually understand why he/she is being punished.

    Spanking a one-year old? Really Reggie?

  6. I got BOTH spankings (when I was younger) and beatings (when I was a dumb teen) and I turned out just fine. NFL has no business meddling in player’s personal lives. Discipline them for what they do wrong on the field…what they do off it leave that for the law.

  7. The life/race/family values style rift between the players who play the game and the fans who support the game financially is getting too wide. That is what will kill the golden goose. Eventually the fans will just walk away and let the inmates eat each other.

  8. I’m so sick of hearing this defense… “It’s how I was disciplined as a child” or “It’s how we do it in the south”. You know what? It’s 2014 and we’ve evolved. We also don’t have slavery anymore, women can vote, etc. It’s time to get with the program here.

    If you really think it’s acceptable to whip your child until he or she has broken skin and then to think it’s a good idea to defend AP, then I feel sorry for you Reggie Bush.

  9. These comments are ignorant and harmful

    While I won’t condone physical abuse of a 4 year old perhaps as a punishment for this stupid comment Reggie Bush should endure having a guy who outweighs him by 200 lbs whip his scrotum until it bleeds

    That’s a fair and appropriate punishment for Reggie, wouldn’t you say?

  10. Bush didn’t make it sound like he agreed with Peterson, he said that that was the way it was years ago, and he is not opposed to discipline. Basically he like a lot of people don’t feel time out works, and a crack on the tail end can get their attention.

    I am the father of three, and I gave all my kids spankings, but I never left a mark on them. Some people and I would agree AP is one of them that took it way to far. He is the reason so many people feel spanking children is wrong, because of the few who went to far.

    Although I feel AP didn’t really realize just how bad it was as he didn’t realize the flimsy end of the switch was looping around, HE SHOULD HAVE!!! and that is where the problem is, and the outrage.

    I hope one day AP can accept responsibility and change. He has done so much for other kids for the good, I just hate to see one mistake destroy everything good he has done. I understand the outrage, and have some myself, but I also understand forgiveness and mercy, which he deserves as well.

    Jesus said himself who hurts a little child will answer to me, so lets let Him be the judge, and let us fans get back to football

  11. I’ve spanked my three-year old son twice in his life. His mom has a couple times, too. We’ve never seen a mark on the kid after a spanking. If you ask him if he wants a spanking, his eyes open large and he says “no” and stops his bad behavior.

    Have a different take on this? You are free to carry on as you choose. If I leave blood marks on my son and injure his private parts while disciplining him, then we’ll have a much different conversation and I will also expect to have that conversation as Peterson is, in court.

    Much like Reggie Bush was trying to do.

  12. I definitely will try to — will obviously not leave bruises or anything like that on her,” Bush said.

    So Peterson does leave bruises…and cuts…and mental damage to a 4 year old, and Bush comes off as though he thinks it’s okay. But then says he wouldn’t do it.

    Is that because it’s not okay? Or becuase you don’t want to get in trouble.
    Either way, I think it’s sad. I got spanked a child, for sure. Never did me any harm. But that is a far cry from being beaten with an object. That’s just stupid. No four year old or any child could do anything that needed that type of punishment.

  13. chalkruz1989 says:
    Sep 17, 2014 12:46 PM
    Punishment is a great idea when the “punished” can actually understand why he/she is being punished.

    Spanking a one-year old? Really Reggie?
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    I think it reads sloppily — his child is one year old, and he’d consider spanking her. Presumably, when she’s old enough for that punishment, not today.

  14. Bottom line: children need guidance and discipline to become high functioning members of society. Just don’t be an idiot about it.

  15. So where would he draw the line between discipline and “beating”? I guess if you don’t break any bones it’s just discipline?

  16. blindmansaidwhat says:
    Sep 17, 2014 12:49 PM
    I got BOTH spankings (when I was younger) and beatings (when I was a dumb teen) and I turned out just fine. NFL has no business meddling in player’s personal lives. Discipline them for what they do wrong on the field…what they do off it leave that for the law.
    ____________________________

    That’s not the way it works in the real world. Adrian Peterson is the face of the Vikings brand, as well as many endorsers. His off the field actions are arguably as important as his effectiveness on first down.

  17. With this kind of thinking, it’s a wonder women ever got the vote and that slavery ever ended.

    The lesson here is sometimes we have to do things differently than our parents or nothing will ever change!

  18. And Reggie….You are about as much of a idiot as AP himself. What’s next……. Your going to defend Ray Rice for knocking his wife out cold. You NFL players are getting out of hand and this is why I have been watching more college games !!!!

  19. johnnyjagfan says: I’ve spanked my three-year old son twice in his life. His mom has a couple times, too. We’ve never seen a mark on the kid after a spanking. If you ask him if he wants a spanking, his eyes open large and he says “no” and stops his bad behavior.
    ———————–

    When you and Reggie Bush equate a spanking (which itself might correct bad behavior in the short term – but you are also telling your son that physical violence is perfectly fine) with inflicting punishment so severe it causes marks and bleeding – including to the genitals – you make me shudder to think that you consider yourself an educated or well balanced parent.

    Have no doubt – you are likely creating a larger problem by showing your son that physical punishment is appropriate – but I wouldn’t go so far as to call you a child abuser. You have a very different parenting style than I

    Peterson is a child abuser – and no one – not Bush, not you – should defend him or equate that with a spanking.

  20. 2011to2020lions says:
    Sep 17, 2014 12:55 PM
    Bush didn’t make it sound like he agreed with Peterson, he said that that was the way it was years ago, and he is not opposed to discipline. Basically he like a lot of people don’t feel time out works, and a crack on the tail end can get their attention.

    I am the father of three, and I gave all my kids spankings, but I never left a mark on them. Some people and I would agree AP is one of them that took it way to far. He is the reason so many people feel spanking children is wrong, because of the few who went to far.

    Although I feel AP didn’t really realize just how bad it was as he didn’t realize the flimsy end of the switch was looping around, HE SHOULD HAVE!!! and that is where the problem is, and the outrage.

    I hope one day AP can accept responsibility and change. He has done so much for other kids for the good, I just hate to see one mistake destroy everything good he has done. I understand the outrage, and have some myself, but I also understand forgiveness and mercy, which he deserves as well.

    Jesus said himself who hurts a little child will answer to me, so lets let Him be the judge, and let us fans get back to football

    _________________

    Ah, the obligatory ‘let God be the judge’. Umm no. I too am the father of 3 young sons. I make judgments every day – for their benefit. All kids have ‘that’ family that allows their kids to do crazy crap. My twins have a friend and their house is a house of chaos. I simply won’t allow my kids to go there. Am I making a judgment? You bet I am. I am making a judgment about the nonsense in that house (including and incredibly violent and disturbed teenage brother there). I don’t want my kids around it. I’m doing it for their protection. That is judgment and it’s smart parenting.

    What exactly has AP done for ‘other kids and so much good’. As far as I can tell he’s very good at making kids (7-9 depending on account) and not knowing who they are. Is that ‘good’?

  21. It’s so easy to say that spanking is unnecessary when you’re sitting at your computer in your suburban home. If you’re raising your children in a nice environment and the worse thing little Billy is going to do is pull little Susie’s pigtail, a timeout will probably be pretty effective. If you’re raising your kids as a single parent in the ghetto and there are gangs all over the place trying to recruit your kid, I don’t think a timeout is going to cut it.

    That’s where a lot of these players are coming from and that’s why they feel this way about spanking. What they need to realize is their kids aren’t in the same situation as they were when they were kids, so they can use alternative forms of discipline.

  22. Bush said he’d “harshly” punish his 1-year-old daughter, if need be.

    What could a one year old do that would deserve to be Harshly punished? Harshly punished by an NFL running back! Notice I didn’t say good running back, or person.
    Harshly punishing a one year old is not OK!

  23. He has a daughter and he said he would punish her harshly in the future if need be. He didn’t say he put a whooping on a 1 year old.

    Give me a break. AP is the child beater. Not Reggie Bush.

  24. No wonder most of these guys end up going broke. Simply as dumb as a bag of hammers.

    You are raising adults people, not children. If you want them to grow up giving “whoopins”, then keep beating your 1 year old.
    I spit on Reggie Bush.

  25. What could a one yr old do to receive a “whooping” like this mental midget suggests? Maybe child services should be put on alert,,,seems theres another idiot coming down the pike.

  26. Sorry Reggie, but the only kind of “discipline” to administer to a 1-year-old is taking back your car keys or cell phone.

    I hope your buddy’s couch is comfortable, because I doubt your house keys are going to work tomorrow.

  27. Boy I hope that 1 year old’s mother is listening. I assume they’re not married or even living together (of course), but I sure hope she takes action to protect her daughter. Her own father wants to whip her. Sad.

  28. I’m sorry but it is sad that we haven’t figured out that children aren’t being good because the “whoopin” taught them how and why what they did was wrong but because they don’t want another “whoopin”.

    “You hit your sister? Come here so I can beat your butt to show you how hitting people is wrong!”

    So dumb. A poster above said it best….If you beat your grown, able to communicate and function as an adult wife with a stick a witch hunt ensues. Beat an undeveloped, completely at the mercy of the adult child with a stick and “we just call those whoopins”. What a joke.

    It’s 2014…evolve. Just a little. We don’t spray down african americans for using the wrong bathroom, we don’t sacrifice poeple with blue eyes and we don’t burn women at the stake for being witches. We should be able to move past beatings as the proper way to teach a child.

  29. Let me guess- his friends he talked about were black as well. Apparently black people decided since they were freed as slaves they should keep on the beatings and whippings and just pass that along to their children. Nothing says intelligence like being outraged at how your ancestors were treated and basically using the same treatment on your children.

    Spanking is fine to a degree. Whipping someone with a stick until they start to bleed isn’t.

  30. 2011to2020lions,
    So ignore the cries of beaten children/people so we can get back to watching Football?? You must be a great Dad/husband? Oh well, Jesus will take care of everthing, right?

  31. Discipline is one thing, hitting a child producing blood and welts or bruising, that is not excepted no matter who you are.

  32. Oh Reggie, you’ve been in the league long enough to know better. Take a page from Tom Brady and just zip it and clip it.

    To all the players out there who may or may not know; do not in any way, sympathize with AP. Even if you do, do not. Saying nothing at all is an option.

  33. OK- Reggie Bush has been properly salted and seasoned and is ready be cooked by the media!!

    Will medium – rare be OK with everyone???

  34. I keep saying that there are probably thousands of households throughout this country, not just the south and not just one race, that do not know better about disciplining their kids but aren’t high profile people like Adrian Peterson, so it goes unnoticed. You may not like the defense that they’re using, “well that’s how I was brought up” but at least admit it that a lot of people were disciplined that way growing up even if you weren’t. My point is if anything good comes out of this is that we can educate people of all races and parts of the country that extreme punishment is no longer acceptable, instead of calling for peoples heads because of stupidity more than intentional harm.

  35. Tip of advice for any NFL player, do not talk about disciplining your children by whipping, spanking or any other type of violent method. As many may understand it is important to keep your children in line, and using physical punishment may many of the times work very well… It does not paint a good image on your name at this time, and that’s the reality of the situation.

    NOT SMART REGGIE… NOT SMART.

  36. I have a 7-year-old daughter, and I love her more than anything. I’d rather kill myself than take a whip to her. What is wrong with these idiots?

  37. i think Reggie was just trying to speak up for Adrian, but the bottom line is, if it leaves welts /scars, that is abuse.

    i hate to bring race up, but when i heard about how common this”switch” is in the south, all I could think of were slaves and the plantation owners who use to give the slaves a “whooping” .

    I never felt that was ever ok. I guess what is even sicker, is if they think it is ok for a child to receive a whooping…..

    Warped, sick and twisted is all i can think.

  38. If you hit a one-year-old child, you should be in prison.

    If you hit your children as punishment, you are out of good ideas. Their bad behavior says more about you than them.

  39. superjroch says:Sep 17, 2014 1:16 PM

    Boy I hope that 1 year old’s mother is listening. I assume they’re not married or even living together (of course), but I sure hope she takes action to protect her daughter. Her own father wants to whip her. Sad.

    Well you assume incorrectly. He is married, to the mother of his only child, the 1 yr old daughter he spoke of.

    I know Mr. Bush is not the most eloquent speaker, but it seems pretty clear that he was trying to say he would NOT BEAT his child to the extent of leaving marks or bruises, but he would spank her if necessary.

    Just because you don’t agree with the practice doesn’t make him or anyone else who does a monster.

    And let’s be clear – what AP did is NOT a spanking. He went entirely too far with his “discipline” and should be punished by whatever means the legal system permits.

  40. If you hit a one-year-old child, you should be in prison.

    If you hit your children as punishment, you are out of good ideas. Their bad behavior says more about you than them.

    ———————————————-

    I agree 100 percent,

    However, can we agree that a swat on the behind for attention is not the same as hitting your children. Many children are different, and respond to passive punishment v

  41. You don’t sit down and explain to them because they don’t understand. I agree that Peterson went overboard but physical discipline is instantly understood.

  42. Traditions of discipline are strong in the south because it works well for the children there. What is everyone supposed to do, let their children run around and do whatever they want? As long as the child is 6 months and older, they should learn who’s in charge. The south has led the country in family values for most of the time, so people should be respectful of great tradition.

  43. There’s nothing a one year old can do that would deserve physical punishment. They’ve barely been out of the womb for longer than they were in it.

    Another poster said it best: if Ray Rice had decided that instead of punching his wife he would shove leaves in her mouth and beat her with a stick, where do you think he would be? Somehow hitting defenseless children with sticks and rods is LESS abhorrent than doing the same to grown women? What kind of bizarro world is that?

  44. So the lesson here is, if you give your kid whoopings with a switch he might turn out to be a pretty good RB in the NFL.

  45. that’s the problem with kids today everyone screams your abusing your child if you spank them.I’m not saying hitting your child with a switch is correct by any means but if more kids got spanked we wouldn’t have all the problems with kids we have today.Teach your children right and when needed spank them .So sick of all these perfect people out there that say put your kid in time out or talk to them you should not spank your kid…i’m pretty sure when i got spanked my mom and dad talked to me and told me why i was getting spanked….and guess what i learned quick not to do that again and learned respect,manners and right from wrong.

  46. You don’t have to be a perfect person to realize that hitting a child is ignorant, lazy ineffective parenting. Also, you didn’t turn out to just fine. You turned out to be an abusive parent just like yours.

  47. when i see the stupidity the censors allow to be posted, i am very curious as to why many comments are not ever posted…. and yet the poster who says the vikings or redskins are the best franchise, etc. is allowed to post endless nonsense…

  48. I think the 1-year old thing is something taken out of context, and Darin/PFT did a good job of misleading also.

    Benefit of the doubt, but I believe he was talking about having to discipline her in the future. He didn’t say “I have disciplined my daughter and will continue to do so.”

    I will discipline my kids if necessary, not beat them. I will also remember my past, present, and future tenses before making accusatory statements.

  49. What Bush said is fine. It’s his opinion…. I know this isn’t really America anymore…come on people. Men have died so Reggie can speak his mind.

  50. 100 potato chips says the interviewer asked Reggie: “would you punish your 1 year old?” …He was baited…he should have known better than to answer. That’s his only crime here.

  51. Well, I, for one, am devastated now that Reggie and Kim didn’t last so they could have a child together. Can you just see the reality show potential in that one? Reggie would never have been allowed to lay a thumb on that kid.

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