WILLIS, TX (KHOU/CNN) - A Texas father is defending a home video showing his 4-year-old son running beside his SUV.
The dad said it was just a "playful moment" between a father and son, but he's received a lot of backlash since posting the footage online.
"This is how we train for football: Daddy drives and you run," said the father, Brandon Yates, on video while recording his son, Clay, running alongside.
Yates posted the video of Clay on Facebook in September for friends. But it quickly spread around the world – to mixed reviews.
Those who loved it said Clay has a chance to play football when he gets older.
"Saying that kid has a chance to play for the Texans and I got a call saying I should be a special teams coach for the Texans," Yates said.
But others were outraged and called the video child abuse, even sending the Yates death threats.
Yates said the video didn't take place on a public road and the running was a lesson for Clay after repeatedly unbuckling his car seat.
Dad put the little boy out on his grandparents' private road, which turned into pretend football training.
"You wanna play for the Texans or Cowboys. If you wanna play for the Cowboys you better pick that s--- up… don't stop, run, boy," Yates can be heard on the video as Clay complains.
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, his 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 Yates also said 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.
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