Fomer Miami Dolphins wide receiver Mark ‘Super’ Duper was released from jail Thursday after police say he and his 17-year-old son had a knock-down drag-out brawl that resulted in the younger Duper losing consciousness twice, reports Jeff Elliot of the Associated Press.
He spent the night in jail after he was charged with one count of child abuse, and was released after posting a $5,000 bail. Police say Duper attacked his son, Marcus, three times and knocked him out twice. Duper, who played with the Dolphins from 1982 -1992, told the Miami Herald that the case was a “family matter”, adding ‘that ‘this is not an open book. I have to deal with this within my family.”
Seems he has a son that just won’t listen, and he has another former Dolphin, DE Hugh Green to help out with what’s going on at the Duper household. He reportedly witnessed the fights, saying “‘I saw Mark defending himself after a young son was defiant.”
Per the AP story:
Green said Duper’s wife, the mother of Marcus, died several years ago.
According to Jacksonville police records, the first fight allegedly began when Duper learned his son had sent a threatening text to the teen’s former girlfriend. The younger Duper denied he had done anything wrong. Police said that started an argument between the two that led to fisticuffs. The police report said Duper ”punched his son in the face one time because he wouldn’t listen to him about picking up his hat.” The report said Duper then ”took his son to the ground, grabbed him, then picked him up several times and slammed him to the ground, causing him to lose consciousness for a short period of time.”
Duper then ordered his son out of the house, according to authorities. The son left but returned to get a jacket, the report said, which resulted in a second fight.Green stepped in to break up the fight and, the report says, discovered that Marcus Duper ”lost consciousness once again for a short period of time.”
Green said he then escorted Marcus Duper out of the house. The teen then ”pushed his bike into his father’s vehicle” according to the police report.The elder Duper saw him and went outside to confront his son a third time. Police say Duper ”climbed on top of his son, grabbed his son by the neck and began choking his son.”