Charles Barkley defends Adrian Peterson by saying “Every black parent in the South is going to be in jail” for spanking their kids
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Charles Barkley has been on a roll with controversial statements in the past couple of weeks. Earlier in the month, during an interview with Graham Bensigner, Barkley admitted to taking cash while he was in college, explained why he thinks it should be legal and talked about why he and Michael Jordan are no longer friends.
This past weekend, Barkley was a guest (why?) on CBS’ NFL Today show and gave his two cents on the Adrian Peterson situation. Here’s a transcript from CBSSports.
Barkley: “I’m from the South. I understand Boomer’s (Esiason) rage and anger … but he’s a white guy and I’m a black guy. I don’t know where he’s from (editor’s note: Esiason grew up in Long Island), I’m from the South. Whipping — we do that all the time. Every black parent in the South is going to be in jail under those circumstances.”
Rome: “It doesn’t matter where you’re from: Right is right and wrong is wrong.”
Barkley: “I don’t believe that because, listen, we spank kids in the South. I think the question about whether Adrian Peterson went overboard — Listen, Jim, we all grow up in different environments. Every black parent in my neighborhood in the South would be in trouble or in jail under those circumstances.”
Rome: “My thing is: I don’t want to tell anybody how to raise their kids and I really don’t want anybody telling me how to raise my kids. But let’s make a distinction between ‘child rearing’ and ‘child abuse.’ That was child abuse. There’s no fine line here.”
Barkley: “I think there’s a fine line. Jim, I’ve had many welts on my legs. I’ve gotten beat with switches — and I don’t even like the term. When the media talks about it, ‘beating a child’–
Rome: “But that’s what that was, Charles.”
Barkley: “We called it ‘spanking’ or ‘whipping’ our kids.”
Rome: “If I see open wounds or bruises on a body that is a beating.”
Barkley: “Sure. I think those pictures are disturbing. And I think Adrian said ‘I went overboard.’ But as far as being from the South, we all spanked our kids — I got spanked, me an my two brothers”–
Rome: “But then, Chuck, not now, right? 1964 is one thing, 2014 is another. Maybe we need to rethink this thing.”
Barkley: “And I totally agree with that. But I think we have to really be careful trying to teach other parents how to discipline their kids. That’s a very fine line.”
It will be interesting to see if these statements upset more people than his churros comments about fat women in San Antonio.