Minnesota Dad Accused of Punching Son in the Face Over Basketball Loss

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Tim Tebow would not approve of this one bit.

Parents and onlookers in Lakeville, Minn., were aghast after 52-year-old Steven Wilson was arrested and charged with fifth-degree domestic assault after he reportedly GRABBED HIS SON AND PUNCHED HIM in the face after a loss at basketball.

Witnesses reported seeing Wilson and his eighth-grade son, whose name was not released, walking down the hall at Lakeville South (Minn.) High when the dad grabbed the child with one arm and began punching him in the face with the other.

Steven Wilson Mugshot

Nearby parents had to physically intervene before the altercation was broken up.

After calling local police to the scene, Steven Wilson was arrested and spent the night in jail before posting $10,000 to get out without conditions.

Wilson's son didn't require medical attention, fortunately.

"This assault is an example of particularly disturbing adult behavior on so many different 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."

It is unclear what specifically set him off, but parents attending the game told Fox 9 they hoped Wilson would be banned from games in the future.

If charged, he faces a $3,000 fine and up to 90 days in jail.

Everyone is innocent until proven guilty, of course, but with so many parents witnessing the altercation, it doesn't look good for Wilson.

"It breaks your heart," onlooker Tara Falteysek told Fox 9. "I can't imagine how that young boy feels, that dad would do that to him - and in front of friends."

Wilson is expected to be in court next month to face these charges. It the meantime, he should consider seeking help. Guy is obviously not right.


I agree with L. Medina, the real point is what is this man doing to him behind closed doors. Somebody better be protecting this young child. Sick World


You are all missing a very important point. If an abuser will do this in PUBLIC, imagine what they have done and will do in PRIVATE. having worked with law enforcement, you need to understand that an abuser doesn't turn off - they just hide their movements and their abuse the majority of the time. this moron will always be a danger to his son and the rest of the family. he needs to be caged forever.


Role model, role shmodel. The days when adults were positive role models are long since over. I have read a large number of stories like this in the past few days, and i have come to the conclusion that adult authority should be completely dismantled. There. Its over, i said it. When people in power over their children do things like THIS, then its time for some societal changes.


Even through the son may Not required medical attention at the time, he is subject to carry permanent scars from the very person who was born to protect him. Sound like Father Dearest Needs some court ordered anger management classes, and some hours spent in basic parenting 101. Being a child's father is No reason for him to think that he is supposed to rule the ball team with an iron fist. PEACE!!