Cris Carter Takes Unscripted, Emotional Stand Against Child Abuse

The NFL continued to take harsh hits over the weekend as Adrian Peterson was arrested and imprisoned (and later released) for allegedly beating his 4-year-old son last May.

The controversy sparked conversation throughout sports circles about the propriety of physically disciplining children. Regarding AP’s situation, Charles Barkley said, “Every black parent in my neighborhood in the South would be in trouble under those circumstances.” Others have spoken out on the parental right to punish and teach children however the parents see fit.

Cris Carter, on the other hand, doesn’t see it that way. On Sunday morning, he went off on an unscripted tangent to talk about the lessons he learned from his mother’s discipline. “People with any type of Christian background, they really believe in disciplining their children, said Carter, before getting emotional. “My mom was wrong, she did the best she could, but she was wrong about some of that stuff she taught me, and I promise my kids I won’t teach that stuff to them. You can’t beat a kid to make ’em do what you want ’em to do.”

The outburst noticeably took everyone on air by surprise as Carter’s emotion continued to build. Watch his short speech in full above.

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