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First of all, Reggie Bush is intellectually above par, that goes unsaid. I guess that is why it is so surprising to me that he would come out in the middle of a tornado of coverage on Adrian Peterson and other domestic violence issues and make such an asinine statement as he did to WFAN’s “Boomer & Carton” show of New York.
“I was punished the same way,” Bush said. “And I know a lot of my friends and a lot of the guys I played with, they were punished the same way, too.”
The 29-year-old said he uses his “best judgment” when it comes to punishing his daughter, Briseis. But he opened himself up for criticism by admitting he will come down hard on the toddler.
“I have a 1-year-old daughter, and I discipline her,” he said. “I definitely will try to — will obviously not leave bruises or anything like that on her. But I definitely will discipline her harshly depending on what the situation is.”
Bush was asked point-blank whether he’d consider using a “switch” on his child: “I would possibly consider it, depending on what she did.”
Bush says that is taking his quote out of context.
“The way I discipline my children, my daughter, I should have kept it private. And obviously, I think some of the words got taken out of context,” Bush told a large group of reporters in the locker room Wednesday afternoon. “And that’s fine. That happens all the time.
“Obviously I’m not going to be spanking a 1-year-old girl. But we do discipline her a little bit. It’s funny, she does this thing now where if she doesn’t like something, or you say something to her that she doesn’t like, she kind of swings at you. So we’re already starting to implement little things, just talking to her, like, ‘Hey, that’s not OK.’ Stuff like that.
“I think obviously people took it too far and though and said I was doing much worse to her. And that’s not the case.”
You know, being a father of 3, my first reaction to the news of Adrian Peterson child abuse was “Hmmm, I was spanked with a belt as a kid, I can see where an incident might call for corrective spanking.” – Well then I saw the pictures. It’s not okay. At all. Ever. Any parent that can look at that little boy’s wounds and say otherwise is in serious need of counseling.
For Reggie Bush to go on air, representing the Detroit Lions and say what he did, is reprehensible and irresponsible. He is a leader on the Detroit Lions and to open himself and the Lions organization up to this sort of criticism is exactly why I believe he is an idiot for what he said.
I reiterate that corrective spanking is necessary when the situation calls for it. Leaving welts, cuts and bruises up and down your child’s body in an attempt to “discipline” them is cowardice and wrong. Try talking to them, it does wonders.