Dad arrested for punching son at basketball game

8:05 AM, Dec 14, 2011   |    comments
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LAKEVILLE, Minn. - An Eagan man is charged with domestic assault after witnesses say he attacked his son at a basketball tournament Saturday.

Steven Wilson was booked into the Dakota County jail after the altercation, which took place at Lakeville Senior High School.

Witnesses told responding Lakeville officers that nearby parents stepped in when they saw Wilson punch his son in the face after his team lost. The injuries suffered by the teen did not require medical attention.

"This assault is an example of particularly disturbing adult behavior on so many levels," Lakeville Police Chief Tom Vomhoff said in a written statement. "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."

President of the Eagan Athletic Association, Ken LaChance, released the following statement Tuesday:

"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. 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."

The 52-year-old Wilson is charged with 5th degree domestic assault. He posted bond and was released.

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