Mark Duper arrested, accused of child abuse
Former Miami Dolphins wide receiver Mark Duper was arrested on Wednesday. Duper, is accused of punching, body slamming, choking and then knocking a teenage boy unconscious. Police have charged Duper with child abuse.
The incident happened on Tuesday in Duper’s home.
“While playing video games with a friend’s children, Duper got into an argument with the victim when the boy refused to pick his hat 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.”
Duper went on to threaten to kill the boy as the boy’s father separated the pair.
According to the police, the boy had a swollen and cut lip, scratches on his elbow, a cut on his bicep and a bruise on his ear.
It is not clear if Duper will face jail time, but from the sounds of the incident he will not get off lightly.
Duper caught 59 touchdowns and was inducted into the Ring of Honor following an 11-year career with the Dolphins.