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Oklahoma State Fan Charged With Beating 9-Year-Old Son Because The Kid Roots For Oklahoma

That's the story out of Perkins, Okla., which is about 15 minutes south of Stillwater, where Oklahoma State is located. Cops there have arrested 42-year-old Gannon Mendez and charged him with one count of child abuse. KFOR has the details:

According to police, after a 9-year-old boy told a classmate in school that he roots for OU not OSU, the boy's father, Gannon Mendez, then allegedly beat the boy at home with a wooden paddle.

Investigators also claim the alleged beating in the home was not a one time crime.

Prosecutors claim Mendez would repeatedly take the boy to a football field and make him run until he puked.

An affidavit details in addition to being routinely spanked with a paddle, the suspect chopped up soap and pushed it into the victim's mouth.

The victim also reported Mendez squeezes his nose until it bleeds, tells him he will end up in hell and would wake him up every 30 minutes through the night to do push ups.


Mendez had previously been accused of providing money and other stuff to Oklahoma State football players. He refused to cooperate with the school's investigation and has been banned from associating with OSU athletes. Mendez's attorney told KOCO that Mendez intended to surrender to police this afternoon.

[KFOR/KOCO, via SportsGrid; photo via]

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