For a lot of families football is a ritual and liking the same team is a must, but beating your son because he doesn’t care for your college football team is a bit out there.
An Oklahoma father allegedly beat his 9 year old son because he rooted for Oklahoma University instead of his father’s favorite, Oklahoma State University.
Gannon Mendez, 42, has been charged with child abuse for striking the boy with a wooden paddle. According to sources this is not the first instance of reported child abuse. An affidavit said Mendez allegedly would force the young boy to run until he vomited, and wake him up throughout the night to do pushups, according to KOCO Eyewitness News 5.
Mendez has a history as a controversial OSU booster.
According to a 2011 FoxSports.com story, OSU banned its football players from making contact with Mendez after he allegedly gave them “impermissible extra benefits.”
We say it all the time, sports is lifestyle, but this father is taking that lifestyle way too far.
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