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Gamer Dad Attacks Teen After CoD Black Ops Heckling

By - Source: Mail Online | B 76 comments

One man lost his cool and actually assaulted a teen living up the street over words exchanged in Call of Duty: Black Ops.

When playing deathmatch or other multiplayer options online with other gamers, heckling comes with the territory, even more so for newbies still trying to figure out the benefits of certain weapons or the layout of a map. Sometimes it's just not possible to not get offended by some of the more insulting remarks without some kind of retaliation. For one father of three, he took his revenge just a little too far.

46 and unemployed, Mark Bradford of Plymouth said he "lost it" while playing Call of Duty: Black Ops over the PlayStation Network. A local 13-year-old was reportedly subjecting Bradford to a barrage of taunts and verbal abuse including the name "d***head." It suddenly became personal when the teen then gunned down Bradford's character.

"'I just lost it," Bradford admitted. "In a moment of madness I went round to the house. I didn't know what I was going to do. It wasn't malice. I just grabbed him."

That's right: Bradford hunted the teen down who conveniently lived just 200 yards up the street, barged into the house, plowed into the living room where the boy sat playing the game, and then placed both hands around the boy's neck in a "revenge attack." The teen wasn't harmed, but the clamp caused reddening and a scratch on his neck. Later the boy said he didn't know what was going on, that the two previously "had a bit of a joke and then he stormed in and grabbed me."

"I've seen him since and apologized," Bradford said after pleading guilty to the assault. "The injuries weren't that bad but I do regret it." Previously he said the boy "was baiting me and just would not shut up." Bradford reportedly has mental health issues.

According to reports, the two knew each other prior to the July 1 incident. The victim's 33-year-old mother, who remains nameless along with her son, was the one who broke off the attack by pulling Bradford away her son.

"It's pathetic that a grown man would attack a defenseless child like this," she told reporters. "If you can't handle losing to a child then you shouldn't be playing games. I know Mark and went straight round when I found out what had happened. I was fuming. But rather than have it out with him, I got the police involved."

Bradford has admitted to one count of assault by beating and was given a 16-week prison sentence at Plymouth Magistrates' Court, but the sentence has been suspended for 12 months. For now he must wear an electronic tag for eight weeks, and pay £80 compensation to the teenager. He also has a curfew of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m..

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    zankuto , October 26, 2011 4:04 AM
    Defenseless child? Why is a child playing an M rated title? Get the kid off the game.
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    stm1185 , October 26, 2011 4:05 AM
    I'd pay £80 to strangle some little internet turd. Sounds like a good deal.
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    chumly , October 26, 2011 4:21 AM
    There was a time in this country, when you disrespected your elders, they beat the piss out of you. In fact they didn't have to, when your parents heard of you disrespecting elders, THEY beat the piss out of you. Maybe this snot-nosed punk needs to learn some manners; hopefully he did.
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  • 57 Hide
    zankuto , October 26, 2011 4:04 AM
    Defenseless child? Why is a child playing an M rated title? Get the kid off the game.
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    stm1185 , October 26, 2011 4:05 AM
    I'd pay £80 to strangle some little internet turd. Sounds like a good deal.
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    TeKEffect , October 26, 2011 4:08 AM
    I've wanted to choke a few kids. Now I just mute everyone and don't have much of a problem
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    Atotalnoob , October 26, 2011 4:13 AM
    zankutoDefenseless child? Why is a child playing an M rated title? Get the kid off the game.
    The media isn't smart enough to realize that.
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    haxs101 , October 26, 2011 4:14 AM
    I want to shake this guys hand. You you've wanted to beat the crap out of some kid talking smack, or being annoying over the net before. I'm glade this guy had to balls to go do this to a kid. I applaud him!
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    chumly , October 26, 2011 4:21 AM
    There was a time in this country, when you disrespected your elders, they beat the piss out of you. In fact they didn't have to, when your parents heard of you disrespecting elders, THEY beat the piss out of you. Maybe this snot-nosed punk needs to learn some manners; hopefully he did.
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    spentshells , October 26, 2011 4:23 AM
    This is why I like PC games, most times lil kids dont have the scratch for a gaming PC.....still lots of dicks out there but at least they ain't 10-13
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    jdwii , October 26, 2011 4:41 AM
    stuff happens
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    Anonymous , October 26, 2011 4:43 AM
    @ chumley - while I don't agree with beating a child, the basic premise of respecting your elders and being punished for being disrespectful is sound IMO.
    If I ever caught my daughter acting like that kid, you can bet your ass she'll be seriously punished.
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    JOSHSKORN , October 26, 2011 4:52 AM
    zankutoDefenseless child? Why is a child playing an M rated title? Get the kid off the game.

    Because some idiot parent decided to read some kid book where the author thought CoD was OK. No one raises their kids anymore, today's youth are brought up on Baby Books and Supernanny.
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    bison88 , October 26, 2011 4:59 AM
    This is why I don't play with people local to me. Gaming can make you flip and do reckless things, then having to sleep worrying about a brick being thrown through my window. No thanks. I'll stay a lonely gamer for the rest of my dying days :( 
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    soccerdocks , October 26, 2011 5:00 AM
    That guy may have lost his temper, but at least he had the balls to own up and accept his punishment instead of wasting taxpayer money on a pointless trial. I'm sure he's learned from it.
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    spectrewind , October 26, 2011 5:15 AM
    Kevin Parrish: Your article is nearly a month old... and from MSNBC of all places. I'm not a journalist, and I remembered seeing this. How did your crew miss this?

    http://ingame.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/09/30/8067727-angry-call-of-duty-dad-attacks-teen-who-shot-him

    Dated 30 Sept 2011. Epic fail on THG for posting archival info as "news".
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    brothermist , October 26, 2011 5:30 AM
    See in my house growing up... if my dad found out I was acting this way to to an adult he would have driven me to this mans house and beat my ass in front of him. Thats if I was stupid enough to even dream of acting in this way to begin with. This is just another news story proving that it takes more than just having children to be a parent. While this man should have controlled himself better, the "parents" should be actively participating in raising their child as opposed to simply being spectators.
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    lp231 , October 26, 2011 5:42 AM
    In the past, if you done that, there will be a belt waiting for you. Now kids run amok and parents thinks it's okay and only portray what their child is in their "dream vision" while blacking out the reality of what their child is capable off. They should throw him into boot camp so they can drive some discipline into punk ass cause he lacks tons of it.

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    chick0n , October 26, 2011 6:15 AM
    13 yr old ... M rated game ... oh yeah MOM YOU FXCKING FAILED!
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    krowbar , October 26, 2011 6:24 AM
    I bet she doesn't know how her poor defenseless little child acts online, talking smack with the best of them on the rated M title.
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    SteelCity1981 , October 26, 2011 6:28 AM
    Both parents are losers. One guy unemployed that's 46 years old is playing a game when he should be looking for a job instead. Then to let a 13 year old kid make him lose his temper to the point where he assulted the kid is utterly stupid and immature on his part. The parent of the 13 year old child is also a loser for allowing her 13 year old son to play a game with mature content.
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