An Eagan dad who punched his eighth-grade son in the face after the boy's team lost a youth basketball tournament game over the weekend in Lakeville, Minn., has been arrested and charged.
MyFoxFW.com has reported that Steven Wilson, 52, has been charged with fifth-degree domestic assault after other parents had to break apart the dad from his child. If convicted, Wilson could get 90 days in jail and up to $3,000 in fines.
Wilson has made a $10,000 bail without conditions.
The boy didn't need medical attention.
Witness told the media that they never saw the boy return a blow during the incident on Saturday.
It breaks your heart, Tara Falteysek, of Eagan, told the MyFoxFW team. I can't imagine how that young boy feels, that dad would do that to him -- and in front of friends.
It has been reported that Wilson was seen walking down a hallway at Lakeville South High School when he grabbed the boy with an arm and started punching him in the face with the other.
This assault is an example of particularly disturbing adult behavior on so many levels, Lakeville Police Chief Tom Vomhoff told KARE-11. Parents attending youth sports events have such a great opportunity to be a positive role model for kids, and that is clearly not what happened here.
Ken LaChance, president of the Eagan Athletic Association, issued a statement on Tuesday noting that if the allegations are true, there is no excuse for the type of behavior displayed by this individual.
All participants and families agree to comply to a Code of Conduct prior to the start of their sport season, LaChance stated. Clearly, if true, this incident falls well outside of those boundaries and EAA internal disciplinary action will be taken against this individual. EAA is committed to providing a safe and positive environment for our participants and their families.