Did CBS need a distraction while covering the Adrian Peterson alleged child abuse issue? What possible reason did CBS have for putting Charles Barkley on the air to defend Adrian Peterson’s handling of his son with the “rod of discipline”?
Usually Barkley keeps his act on TNT or TBS. CBS had him cover college basketball something he knows nothing about. But you would think a hall of fame basketball player would know something about the sport he plays in…ok makes sense right? But why is he giving commentary on a player in a sport he doesn’t cover? Then to make it worse…he makes blanket statements about how people are in the South. Not how people once were raised everywhere, but how people in the South disciplined their kids…once upon a time ago.
Barkley comments were of the extreme in the context of today’s society plain and simple. Jim Rome tried to steer Sir Charles to the 21 st century, Charles wasn’t having it. Look I was raised in Brooklyn, New York and yes my parents were strict and tough, guess what Charles last I looked Brooklyn was in the NorthEast section of the country. Parents back in the day had more control over their children and yes by today’s society and standards all of our parents would have been locked up for what would be now considered as child abuse. In that Charles is right. The rest about the South was just mindless babbling by Charles. To say that Boomer Esiason is white is irrelvent, where he is from is irrelevent, what is important is that we live in a different time and era. The days of using the switch and belts are considered abusive. To say that this is a southern thing only was wrong, that discipline was of a different time and era.
Barkley: “I’m from the South. I understand Boomer’s (Esiason) rage and anger … but he’s a white guy and I’m a black guy. I don’t know where he’s from (editor’s note: Esiason grew up in Long Island), 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.”
Rome: “It doesn’t matter where you’re from: Right is right and wrong is wrong.”
Barkley: “I don’t believe that because, listen, we spank kids in the South. I think the question about whether Adrian Peterson went 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.”
Rome: “My thing is: I don’t want to tell anybody how to raise their kids and I really don’t want anybody telling me how to raise my kids. But let’s make a distinction between ‘child rearing’ and ‘child abuse.’ That was child abuse. There’s no fine line here.”
Barkley: “I think there’s a fine line. Jim, I’ve had many welts on my legs. I’ve gotten beat with switches — and I don’t even like the term. When the media talks about it, ‘beating a child’–
Rome: “But that’s what that was, Charles.”
Barkley: “We called it ‘spanking’ or ‘whipping’ our kids.”
Rome: “If I see open wounds or bruises on a body that is a beating.”
Barkley: “Sure. I think those pictures are disturbing. And I think Adrian said ‘I went overboard.’ But as far as being from the South, we all spanked our kids — I got spanked, me an my two brothers”–
Rome: “But then, Chuck, not now, right? 1964 is one thing, 2014 is another. Maybe we need to rethink this thing.”
Barkley: “And I totally agree with that. 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.”
This exchange had me really wondering why did CBS bother putting Barkley on? Since when did he become the voice of today? Rome was right about one thing what happened in 1964 isn’t the same in 2014. The world is different then what it was then believe me. Cellphones? we didn’t know what that was, pay phones and house phone was what we used back then, and that is just one example of how much the world has change, discipline is yet another way the world has changed.
We can debate whether or not the other methods suggested by today’s society works or not, but one thing that has really forced the hands of parents everywhere is the way in which you discipline your children and why you need to discipline your children. Charles Barkley again missed another opportunity to shed light the right way. He often said he is not a role model to be followed and has said that athletes in general are not role models, so how does he give commentary as a role model? Whether he likes it or not in today’s society entertainers,and athletes are as much as role models as Policemen, Firemen, Teachers and yes Parents. If not how do you explain the backlash of the events of the past week alone with Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson?