Father Receives Backlash For Facebook Video
WILLIS, Texas -- A Texas father is defending a home video showing his four-year-old son running beside his SUV.
The dad says it was just a "playful moment" between a father and son, but he's received a lot of backlash since posting the footage online.
Brandon Yates posted the video of 4-year old clay on Facebook in September, for friends.
The video of Clay has since spread around the world. Some loved it-- others were outraged and they even got death threats.
Clay loves football too-- and as a lesson for repeatedly unbuckling his car seat-- dad put the little boy out on his grandparents private road-- which turned into pretend football training.
Clay is an only child and a little spoiled-- so his mom was amazed by the comments.
"Clay is not in any danger; he's not hurting; we don't abuse him or anything like that," Samantha Yates, Clay's mother said.
The video ends with a final turn into the driveway-- dad in the SUV-- right behind Clay in his Crocs.
The 26-year old dad never expected the backlash-- from a video shot in good fun.
"It was just a playful moment between a father and a son who just got back from watching the Cowboys get beat again and him wanting to have aspirations to play football," Brandon Yates said.
Brandon also says he'll be more careful when it comes to posting videos. He'll make sure Clay is in tennis shoes and he'll be running with him-- instead of driving.