Reggie Bush Defends Adrian Peterson, Says He’d ‘Harshly’ Discipline 1-year-old Daughter

Suzanne Robertson
Bush spoke out in favor of the embattled Vikings star claiming the beating Peterson gave his 5 year old was similar to what he experienced as a child.

Is Bush backpedaling to avoid blow back? 

The Adrian Peterson situation has raised lots of chatter about punishment, child abuse and parenting. 

But not everyone thinks the welts and bruises Peterson left on his 5 year old son were wrong. 

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

Bush also 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 in an interview on WFAN. “But I definitely will discipline her harshly depending on what the situation is.”

Bush was being interviewed on WFAN regarding the Peterson indictment on child abuse charges rocking the NFL and causing sponsors to drop like flies. 

“I was punished the same way ,” Bush continued “And I know a lot of my friends and a lot of the guys I played with, they were punished the same way, too.”

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”

Realizing he's probably angered many listeners, after the interview he took to Twitter.

“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!Probably not the best week to advocate corporal punishment Mr. Bush. 

This isn't the first time Bush has made non-football play headlines. In 2010, the NCAA announced major sanctions against USC after finding that Bush had received lavish gifts, including a limousine ride to the 2005 Heisman Trophy presentation. As a result, USC was given four years of probation and forced to vacate its last two wins of the 2004 season – including the 2005 Orange Bowl – as well as all of its wins in the 2005 season. The Trojans were also banned from bowl games in 2010 and 2011 and will lost 30 scholarships over three years. 

Wonder if he agreed on that "harsh punishment"?