Thursday, March 21, 2013

Former Miami Dolphins receiver arrested and charged with child abuse

A former Pro Bowl wide receiver for the Miami Dolphins has been arrested and accused of child abuse after allegedly choking, punching, and body slamming a teenage boy.

Mark Duper, 54, is accused of physically harming a teenage boy over an incident involving video games. Duper also allegedly threatened to end the child's life.

According to the arrest report, the incident occurred when Duper was playing video games with the children of a friend in a residence in Jacksonville, Fla. An argument started when the victim threw his hat to the floor and refused to pick it up.

Duper, according to the report, proceeded to punch the boy and slam him into the floor until the victim lost consciousness. The fight allegedly continued outside the home, where the victim's father attempted to break the two apart.

The report states that as the boy was leaving he bumped his bike into Duper's car, prompting the former NFL star to choke and threaten to kill the victim.

The boy sustained a swollen lip, multiple scratches on his elbow, a cut on his bicep, and a bruise on his ear, according to the arrest affidavit.

Duper is set to appear in court on April 11.

Duper spent all 11 seasons of his NFL career with the Dolphins and accumulated 59 touchdowns.

Via CBS Sports

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