Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush is sort of and not-so-carefully coming to the defense of Vikings RB Adrian Peterson, telling WFAN-FM’s “Boomer & Carton” (per NFL.com) show that the whole beating your kids thing is a product of being raised in the 80s…
Huh? We’ll let Mr. Bush explain:
“Adrian Peterson, I’ve known for a while, and he’s a good guy,” Bush said. “… I don’t know all the details of the situation what happened, but I know me and like a lot of other guys who were born in the ’80s, and even before then, were raised differently and disciplined differently. And I was one of those kids. I got what we called ‘whoopings,’ whooped with belts and stuff like that. For me, growing up, it was normal. And not to say, not to try to downplay the situation at all, I think that this is genuine, and obviously, I’m sure there’s no ill intent against his own son.”
Carlton asked Bush if he would “use that method of punishment to a 4-year-old or 5-year-old,” referring to the switch that Peterson allegedly used on his son.
“I most definitely discipline my daughter.” he answered
“I have a 1-year-old daughter, and I discipline her,” Bush said. “Obviously, 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 — obviously not leave bruises or anything like that on her — but I definitely will discipline her harshly depending on, again, what the situation is.”
Carlton pushed for a more specific answer regarding use of a switch.
“I would possibly consider — depending on what she did, like I said,” Bush admitted. “I remember, growing up as a kid, I was very mischievous, and I got into a lot of trouble — I won’t mention some of the things that I did. But you know, kids are kids. It’s part of being a parent, and I’m learning this now.
“Like I said, I have a 1-year-old, and they’re gonna get in trouble, they’re gonna do things, and all you can do is use your best judgment, and that’s what I’m going to do: I’m going to use my best judgment,” Bush said. “And 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. Whatever I do, whatever discipline I give her, it’s always out of love, and it’s always because I want the best for her, for my daughter, for my kids.”