NEW YORK (WFAN) — Reggie Bush is rushing to the defense of Adrian Peterson, saying he too would “harshly” discipline his daughter.
The Detroit Lions running back, appearing Tuesday on WFAN’s “Boomer & Carton” show, said Peterson should be allowed to play football despite being indicted on charges of child abuse for hitting his 4-year-old son with a tree branch, causing cuts to the child’s legs.
“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’d use 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.”
The running back, who accused social media of acting as judge, jury and executioner in the Peterson case, later backtracked.
“No, I didn’t say a branch or a stick,” he said. “I said spanking. Spanking is different than a branch or a stick.”