- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 18, 2015

NBC Washington anchor Jim Vance argued during Monday’s broadcast that giving children participation trophies amounts to child abuse, siding with Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison, who decided to strip his two sons of their awards over the weekend.

Sports anchor Jason Pugh passed on Mr. Harrison’s comments, made via Instagram, that he would be returning his sons’ participation trophies “until they earn a real trophy.”

Mr. Pugh clearly disagreed with the decision, pointing out that Mr. Harrison’s sons are only 6 and 8 years old, The Washington Post reported.

“It’s child abuse to give a kid a trophy that he has not earned,” said Mr. Vance, who has worked at the D.C. news station for more than 40 years. “If a parent’s responsibility is to teach a kid how to deal with the real world, then that is child abuse. Because that’s not the real world.”

Anchor Wendy Rieger sided with Mr. Vance, saying, “He doesn’t want them to feel entitled, like everyone owes them something.”

Mr. Pugh added that he got a participation trophy and “turned out fine.”

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