Reggie Bush: ‘Obviously I’m not going to be spanking a 1-year-old girl’

Detroit running back Reggie Bush raised some eyebrows with his comments about disciplining his young daughter.
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Reggie Bush might have gone a little too far in sticking up for fellow NFL running back Adrian Peterson on the radio Tuesday, saying he disciplines his 1-year-old daughter “harshly” and leading some to believe he spanks his 1-year-old daughter.

A day later Bush said those people were taking his comments the wrong way.

“Obviously I’m not going to be spanking a 1-year-old girl,” the Detroit Lions and former USC star said Wednesday. “We do discipline her a little bit because she does this thing now where if she doesn’t like something or if you say something to her she doesn’t like, she kind of swings at you.

“So we’re already starting to implement little things like talking to her and saying that’s not OK. I think obviously people took it too far and [said] I was doing much worse and that’s not the case.”


Bush’s initial comments were made on WFAN’s “Boomer and Carton” show Tuesday morning, back when Peterson was still allowed to participate with the Vikings despite facing a felony charge of injury to a child. Peterson has since been placed on the exempt/commissioner’s permission list, which prevents him from taking part in any team activities, with pay, for an indefinite period.

When asked if Peterson should be allowed to play, Bush answered yes, explaining that was the way he and a lot of other players were brought up.

“You know, I got what we called ‘whuppings,’ with a belt and stuff like that,” Bush said.

He was then asked about disciplining his own children.

“I most definitely discipline my daughter,” Bush said. “I have a 1-year-old daughter and I discipline her. ... I will definitely use my best judgment to discipline her depending on the situation. I definitely will try to obviously not leave bruises or anything like that on her, but I definitely will discipline her harshly depending on what the situation is.”

With everything going on in the NFL lately, you’ve got to admit that doesn’t sound very good. Glad Bush was able to clarify his statements.

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