WATCH: The father who kicked his six-year-old son off a skateboard ramp breaks his silence
Marcus Crossland gained international attention when a video of him kicking his six-year-old son Dino off a 13-foot skateboard ramp went viral. The video posted more than three weeks ago has been viewed more than 350,000 times on YouTube.
“It was a bonehead decision,” said Crossland in an interview with NBC’s TODAY show. “It was my poor attempt at trying to help him overcome his fear.”
“It was an effort to help him, but it didn’t come out that way,” Crossland said. “I’m sorry that I made that decision to use that tactic as opposed to another. I’m sorry for the outcome. Because of a decision I made, my wife and my children and everybody has got to deal with it.”
The negative attention from the video has impacted their lives so much that the family plans on moving to start fresh.
“It’s affected our family, it’s affected our day-to-day lives, it’s affected our jobs, our household,” said Crossland. “Now those three seconds of video footage didn’t necessarily affect us. The repercussions have.”
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