The decision by Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison to return the participation trophies that his 6- and 8-year-old sons were given has sparked a national debate on the issue. Harrison has had supporters and detractors.
A strong nod of support came in Washington, D.C., on Monday night, from veteran anchor Jim Vance of NBC4. As reported by the DC Sports Bog at The Washington Post, Vance used the term “child abuse.”
“It’s child abuse to give a kid a trophy that he has not earned,” he said. “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.”
Vance said the ages of the boys didn’t matter, because “you begin teaching your children from the moment they come on this Earth.”
Vance’s colleagues on the set seemed a bit taken aback as the video above shows. Vance is never shy about his opinions as has been proved in his decades on the air.
This might be the strongest take yet on the Harrison situation anywhere.