Georgia girl spanked by ex-NFL player to get $80K settlement

The insurance company for a Macon youth center will pay $80,000 to an 8-year-old girl to settle a lawsuit over a spanking in 2015, according to a media report.

The Telegraph reported that ex-NFL player Roger Jackson, director of the Motivating Youth Foundation’s after-school program, admitted using a belt to discipline the girl on April 22, 2015. Her mother filed the lawsuit against the center, Jackson and an employee in October.

Jackson said he had the girl’s mother’s permission to spank her children in the past. He said he used the belt to spank the girl three or four times after learning she’d gotten in trouble at school.

After the girl went home for the day, she was taken to a doctor, and police were called, according to the report. Officers took photos of redness and bruising on the girl’s buttocks and hands.

Jackson was charged with misdemeanor battery after the incident. However, the Bibb County Solicitor’s Office decided in April not to prosecute him.

Jackson played for the Denver Broncos for five seasons, from 1982 to 1987.

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