A video (below) has surfaced online showing a man assaulting his teenage nephew, who had reportedly been stealing money from other people.
At the start of the video -- titled "Tough Love Or Too Much? Uncle Whoops On Nephew For Robbing People!" -- the man can be seen following his nephew around a grassy parking lot, punching him in the chest and berating him with obscenities.
He slams the teenager to the ground as a car pulls into the lot.
"Get up," the man says. "Get your a-- up."
The teen stands and begins walking away slowly. The man punches him two more times before threatening to assault him in front of his friends and family.
"I'm gonna f--- you up," he says. "In front of your homeboys, your mama, my mama."
He tells his nephew that if he continues stealing, the next beating will be worse.
"I'm gonna give it to you for real this time," he says. "Ain't gonna be no body shots."
Afterward, as they walk toward the house, the man can be seen giving his nephew money from his pocket.
"Your uncle got you," he says.
The video has been liked over 7,000 times since it was uploaded to Worldstar Hip Hop on Aug. 22. It has over 3,000 comments, the majority of which express support for the man's actions.
"I'm not much of an advocate for using physicality," one user commented, "but you can see it's all out of love, his uncle wants his nephew to have a better life than what he did, he gave him money so that he could develop a sense of responsibility and to let his nephew know that he doesn't need to rob from any individual. Much respect."
"Too much?" another user wrote. "You think if someone finds him in their home, or the police catch him or he ends up in jail it's gonna be a better outcome?... Naw... I guess he did what he had to do to get [through] to him... Good job."
Warning: This video contains graphic content and language.