A Florida father who kicked his son down a Fort Lauderdale skateboard ramp was on the “Today” show Monday to discuss what he described as a “bonehead decision."
Marcus Crossland told NBC's Kerry Sanders that his actions were “my poor attempt at trying to help him overcome his fear.”
The video was posted on Instagram three weeks ago and showed Crossland pushing his 6-year-old son, Dino, down a 13-foot ramp at a skatepark.
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“It was an effort to help him, but it didn't come out that way," Crossland told Sanders.
"I was upset," said Emily White, the boy's mom. She told Sanders her husbands's actions are not indicative of his personality.
"You can be the most amazing, kind-hearted, giving person in the world — all it takes is that two seconds and people will hate you."
The family said Crossland lost his job as a result of the fallout.