Charles Barkley recently came to the defense of fellow sports athlete Adrian Peterson in wake of his child abuse case. During a recent interview this past weekend Barkley sat down with Jim Rome for CBS Sports’ ‘The NFL Today’ to discuss his thoughts and views on the matter.
“I’m from the South. Whipping is … we do that all the time,” the NBA Hall of Famer, who was born and raised in Alabama, said. “Every black parent in the South is gonna be in jail under those circumstances. I think we have to be careful letting people dictate how they treat their children.”
Host Jim Rome disagreed, stating that it doesn’t matter where someone is from because “right is right and wrong is wrong,”
Barkley then reiterated his statement saying: “I don’t believe that because, listen, we spank kids in the South,” he said. “I think the question about did Adrian Peterson go overboard. … But, 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. … As far as being from the South, we all spanked our kids. I got spanked, me and my two brothers.”
Barkley is known for always voicing his opinion and sometimes without thought, but in this instance he may bring a valid point. How far is too far? And how could we dictate what the line is?
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