Allen Park — Reggie Bush made headlines Tuesday for comments about how he disciplines his 1-year-old daughter. But the Lions running back said Wednesday his remarks on WFAN-AM in New York were taken out of context.
"Obviously, I'm not spanking a 1-year-old girl," he said. "She's too young to understand what that even means."
On the radio show, Bush discussed the recent criminal charges against Adrian Peterson, who was put on the exempt list by the Vikings this week in the wake of recent charges that he abused his 4-year-old child with a switch.
"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."
Many news outlets took the word "harshly" and ran with it. Later in the interview, Bush said he "would possibly consider" using a switch, but later said he simply meant spanking.
Growing up, Bush said he was spanked by his parents, but they called it "whoopings."
"I thank my mom for whooping me because if she didn't I probably wouldn't be here right now in front of you guys," he said.
Bush said he and his wife use their best judgment when disciplining their daughter and that there are different ways to discipline children in certain situations. To this point, most of his disciplining with his daughter is telling her "when things are not OK."
"We do discipline her a little bit," he said. "I think obviously people took it too far and thought that I had said that I was doing much worse to a 1-year-old, and that's not the case."
Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson also discussed the Peterson issue on Wednesday.
"It's unfortunate for him, such a good guy," Johnson said, adding he anticipated Peterson having a big year. "You just hate to see something like that happen."
Johnson said he thinks the pictures in Peterson's case made the situation worse, and he thinks there's nothing wrong with disciplining children, though it should remain a private matter.
"I'm going to discipline my kids, and can't nobody tell me how to discipline my kids," he said.