According to Local 10 News in Florida, former Miami Dolphins great Mark Duper has been charged with child abuse after punching, body slamming, choking and knocking a teenage boy unconscious.
Police arrested Duper, 54, Wednesday and charged him with child abuse.
According to an arrest affidavit, the incident happened Tuesday at a home in Jacksonville.
While playing video games with a friend’s child, Duper got into an argument with the victim when the boy refused to pick his hat up off the floor, police say.
Duper then punched the boy in the face and slammed him to the ground several times, causing him to lose consciousness, police say.
After 10 minutes of fighting, Duper told the boy to leave his house, according to the arrest affidavit. The boy began to leave but walked back inside the house to grab a jacket, and he and Duper again began fighting. The boy’s father separated the pair when he saw Duper punching his son in a bedroom.
As the boy left the house, he pushed his bicycle into Duper’s vehicle, police say. Duper saw him, punched him in the face, and began choking him while the boy was on the ground.
When the boy’s father separated the two again, Duper threatened to kill the boy, police say.
According to the arrest affidavit, the boy had a swollen and cut lip, multiple scratches on his elbow, a cut on his bicep, and a bruise on his ear.
The Department of Children and Families was notified.
All I can say is this is really sad and I hope Duper gets the help he clearly needs.