NBA analyst Charles Barkley defended Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson on Sunday during an appearance on CBS’ “NFL Today.” Peterson turned himself in on Saturday after being indicted by a grand jury for reckless or negligent injury to a child for a May incident in which he struck his four-year-old son.
The Vikings announced that he was deactivated for Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots.
The CBS host Jim Rome asked Barkley if it’s okay to hit a child.
“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,” said the retired NBA Hall of Famer.