Joe Insists He Hit Michael Jackson for His Own Good

September 06, 2010 05:04:26 GMT

'I had to be like that because when raising him, in those days, so many gangs (were) out there getting into trouble, going to jail,' the father of the late singer says when defending his action.

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Michael Jackson's father Joe has no regrets about his superstar son's strict upbringing - insisting his discipline regime kept the singer out of jail and away from gang violence. The late King of Pop previously spoke of the Jackson patriarch's tough parenting and alleged Joe often hit him as a child.

But Joe is adamant he had to be tough for Jackson's own good. In an interview with, which will be shown in a movie to be co-produced by Katherine Jackson, Joe says, "I had to be like that because when raising him, in those days, so many gangs (were) out there getting into trouble, going to jail. Most of them are dead now. He didn't have to worry about that."

"No (I don't have any regrets). They tried to make a big issue when I spanked Michael or some of the kids, ya know? Just like they didn't spank their kids when they did wrong. The media twists everything."


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posted by mj on Sep 07, 2010
joe knows he beat michael he needs to come forward and admit it im glad he wasnt my father hes sorry and gives fathers a bad name joe aint gonna get his hands on michaels kids and or his money joe leave them alone you have done enough im glad michaels mom is leaving you thats the best news ever ....... rietha from booneville miss
posted by Tina Marie on Sep 07, 2010
His attitude has always bothered me. He won't admit he was too harsh. Lots of parents spank their kids, right or wrong. But it is a matter of degree: it sounds like Joe beat the living daylights out of Michael. This is reprehensible. Joe of course thinks he was justified. He needs to shut up about all of this.
posted by shakky on Sep 07, 2010
I compare the chi to Gary because they are very similar n the problems they have n have had let it goooo ppl damn
posted by SHAKKY on Sep 07, 2010
Chicago wasnt california.. sunshine n peace signs n make love not we were fighting super rats (the size of cats) n ducking at the sound of gun shots n trying not to get jacked for pop bottles we were trying to get money from.. or bothered by gangs on the way to the stores..grow up people i love MJ as much as everybody else but jo did what jo knew from his up bringing and may have done better by his then his parents did by him
posted by shakky on Sep 07, 2010
unless u were raised n chicago or gary in african american neighborhoods please do not comment, there were gangs n they were attractive to african american boys..most of the members have either died or will die n jail watch american gangster on BET. if u did not live where WE (blacks in urban areas) with the problems WE (drugs,gangs,murders on top of being a have not in a racist society) had to deal with... SHUT UP N GO MENTOR A CHILD OR RAISE UR OWN
posted by sc341 on Sep 06, 2010
Joe is pathetic.

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