Vikings star Adrian Peterson (pictured) has found an ally in his style of parenting: Reggie Bush (pictured).
“I was punished the same way,” the Detroit Lions running back said Tuesday on the “Boomer and Carton” radio show. “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 even said he’d use the same punishment on his 1-year-old daughter if she acted up: “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.”
When asked if he would discipline her with a tree branch switch, as Peterson did, Bush clarified that statement, “I said spanking. Spanking is different than a branch or a stick.”
Officials recently indicted Peterson on child abuse charges for beating his 4-year-old son with a tree branch. The branch left welts on the child’s leg and scrotum. Peterson is also being investigated for disciplining another of his children in similar fashion.
Though the Vikings benched him after the charges went public, they reactivated him for a Sunday game against the New Orleans Saints. By Tuesday, though, Peterson was deactivated again along with paid leave. On the show, Bush said he agreed with the decision’s earlier decision to reactivate Peterson.
Listen to Reggie Bush discuss Peterson and discipline here: