It is possible to be a little right & a little wrong at the same time. A lesser man might have risen to Reggie’s bait & the fact that his dad reacts by not escalating illustrates an important aspect of his character. He is willing to entertain the idea that Reggie has experienced their relationship in a way that doesn’t match his own understanding. He’s aware that his dedication to his family has distanced them from him. At the same time he’s not his son’s buddy. He’s his father. That distance is not always a bad thing. Finding that balance, however, isn’t easy. He is a man of principles & he hasn’t failed his son in that respect. Even though they are a bit skewed Reggie also has principles. He’s also learning to stick up for himself instead of relying on the power of others.