(Editor’s note: This is not part of our usual satire content, but an actual conversation heard on the 94 WIP Midday show this afternoon featuring Seth Joyner that rubbed us the wrong way)
I’m not public relations employee or anything, but it’s probably not a good idea to talk about hitting your kids on a sports talk show.
During a segment this afternoon on the 94 WIP Midday Show, host Jon Ritchie was talking about his ability as a player to channel his anger into motivation to do well on the field with co-host Joe DeCamara and Joyner. Joyner decided it was a perfectly fine opportunity to drop a nonchalant anecdote about why it’s ok to hit your kids.
Here is what Seth said during the segment today (you can hear it here. It starts at the 6:19 point with Jon Ritchie):
Ritchie: Anger used to be rewarded, and maybe that’s changing. That puts these coaches in a difficult situation, and I understand that. Sometimes guys don’t respond the same way as they once did.
Joyner: You know what the problem is? The problem is we’ve got sports psychologists, we got psychiatrists and we got counselors that are advising people in a realm that they don’t really understand, that the way that it used to be isn’t the way that it should be anymore that we need to do it differently. Everything from our kids. Oh, don’t yell at Billy, just put him on timeout and put him in the corner. Don’t yell at Billy, just talk to him. You know? I can see it, because before my mom passed away, god bless her, I’d take my kids to go see her. I’d be on their ass about something, and she’d be like, ‘Don’t yell at them, talk to them. You don’t have to beat them.’ I’m like, you beat the hell out of me! What are you talking about? It worked for me. Now all of a sudden you want me to talk to them? No, they’re going to get exactly what I got.
Ritchie: Yeah my parents are really nice to my kids. It’s annoying to me how nice my parents are to my kids, but it’s good, I guess.
::Joe DeCamara quickly changes topics::
Maybe he doesn’t think what he said is wrong? I don’t know. I’m sure he doesn’t really beat his kids, but why the joke if he’s joking? Just a really weird thing to say.
Isn’t that basically what got Adrian Peterson kicked out the league for a year? Beating his kid with a switch because it was done to him and that was “all he knew”?
Maybe chill out a bit, Seth, and keep the child hitting anecdotes to yourself.