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September 17, 2010

Florida Man Uses BB Gun to Motivate Stepson: A Leesburg, Fla., man was arrested for firing a BB gun to motivate his teen stepson during full-pad football sprints in his yard. "Maybe I was a little over-zealous," said Robert Barker, 41. "I'm not a perfect father and I don't know anybody who is."

posted by rcade to football at 12:05 PM - 11 comments

What a great non-apology apology. Guy should guest star on S*@! My Dad Says. After he gets out of jail and if that show is still around.

posted by billsaysthis at 12:03 PM on September 17

Seriously, "maybe I was a little over-zealous." Even after getting arrested and thrown in jail, he doesn't see what is so obvious to everyone else.

That picture is awesome.

posted by bperk at 12:14 PM on September 17

That picture indicates that the fella was probably wearing a Yankees cap during the commission of his crime.

posted by holden at 12:34 PM on September 17

What a great mug shot! I love the farmers tan from his ball cap - lol!

posted by FonGu at 12:35 PM on September 17

He made the boy run sprints in his football gear using the BB gun to signal the beginning of the drill

So the issue is more about forcing the kid to run than the BB gun, then right? The tone of the article (and the FPP) makes it sound like he was shooting at the kid with the gun. The guy sounds like a royal fucking asshole, but of a lesser degree than I initially believed.

And, yeah, the mid-forehead tan line is sweet sweetness.

posted by tahoemoj at 01:18 PM on September 17

The guy sounds like a royal

Looks like a royal too. Eyes don't have enough distance between them.

I also admire the tan line. Maybe from wearing a helmet in a Capital One TV ad.

I look at the guy's pale cranium, and I realize I've been harboring a fundamental misunderstanding. I always thought that the phrase "where the sun don't shine" referred to an entirely different region of the body.

posted by beaverboard at 01:34 PM on September 17

So the issue is more about forcing the kid to run than the BB gun, then right?

Not according to the kid: "The teenager told deputies he feared Barker would use the weapon on him."

posted by rcade at 01:39 PM on September 17

So the issue is more about forcing the kid to run than the BB gun, then right?

It should be. The additional running is probably more dangerous then the bb gun and is certainly more dangerous than the fear of the bb gun.

posted by tron7 at 01:52 PM on September 17

The additional running is probably more dangerous then the bb gun and is certainly more dangerous than the fear of the bb gun.

I think definitely. Getting hit by a bb in full football gear might leave a welt. Running gassers in 107 degree heat index heat can, and has been known to, kill even a young man in good shape.

posted by tahoemoj at 02:03 PM on September 17

A little over-zealous? Naaah, not at all. Over-zealous would have been using a .22, really over-zealous would have been a .357 magnum. Actually, the word should be "just plain dumb"!

posted by Howard_T at 04:42 PM on September 17

Marv Marinovich doesn't see anything wrong with this method.

Curious to see how the kid turns out.

posted by Bonkers at 03:26 AM on September 18

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