NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was indicted on charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child on Friday.
His abuse allegedly “involve(d) using a switch to spank his son,” Peterson’s lawyer, Rusty Hardin, said in a statement.
On Sunday, Charles Barkley was a guest on CBS’ “The NFL Today,” and the former basketball player-turned-NBA analyst offered his thoughts on the scandals involving both Peterson and former Ravens running back Ray Rice.
Barkley said that under no circumstances can you hit a woman, and argued that Rice made a tragic mistake that he hopes will raise domestic-violence awareness.
Barkley did, however, sympathize with Peterson and defend the former MVP’s behavior.
“I’m from the south,” Barkley told Jim Rome. “I understand Boomer’s (Esiason) rage and anger. He’s a white guy and I’m a black guy. I don’t know where he’s from. 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 … We spank kids in the south.
“I think the question about did Adrian Peterson go 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 … We called it ‘spanking’ or ‘whipping’ our kids.”
The NBA Hall of Famer did acknowledge that times have changed, and maybe it’s time to take a step back and look at things differently.
“Maybe we need to rethink it,” Barkley said. “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.”
The six-time Pro Bowler was deactivated by the Vikings on Friday and didn’t play in Sunday’s loss to the Patriots.
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