Don Lemon: Not ‘Condoning’ Peterson’s Actions, But Parents Have ‘Right to Discipline’ Children

During a CNN segment on the accusations of child abuse against Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson Tuesday evening, Don Lemon was careful not to defend the NFL star’s actions. But he did use his own personal experience with corporal punishment to explain why, for many people, what Peterson allegedly did to his children is not seen as problematic.

“I have to say that when I was a kid, I would have to go and get the switch off the tree,” Lemon recounted. “And if I brought back a switch that wasn’t big enough, then my grandmother or my dad or my mom would go get a bigger one.”

“I’m not condoning what Adrian Peterson is alleged of doing, but, you know, people do discipline their children,” Lemon continued. While he said that given the photographic evidence of the punishment, it appeared to be “beyond the pale,” he added that “people do punish their kids and corporal punishment happens in this country.”

“It happened almost every single day for me as a kid in Catholic school,” he said. “And I think a lot of people see that as sort of a parent’s right to discipline their children. But, we must look at it in context and must look at those pictures and figure out if Adrian Peterson did go overboard and abuse that child.”

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