- The Washington Times - Monday, September 15, 2014

Charles Barkley defended Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who faces child abuse charges, arguing that “every black parent in the South” hits their kids.

“I’m from the South. Whipping is … we do that all the time,” the former basketball star, who was born and raised in Leeds, Alabama, said Sunday on CBS Sports, The Huffington Post reported. “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.”

“We all spanked our kids. I got spanked, me and my two brothers,” Barkley added.

Peterson was benched for the Vikings‘ 30-7 loss Sunday to the New England Patriots after he was charged for repeatedly striking his 4-year-old son with a tree branch in May.

“He used the same kind of discipline with his child that he experienced as a child growing up in East Texas. Adrian has never hidden from what happened,” a lawyer for Peterson said in a statement, The Post reported.

The Vikings reinstated Peterson Monday and he is expected to play Sunday in New Orleans.

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