Gamer Dad Attacks Teen After CoD Black Ops Heckling

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..

Kevin started taking PCs apart in the 90s when Quake was on the way and his PC lacked the required components. Since then, he’s loved all things PC-related and cool gadgets ranging from the New Nintendo 3DS to Android tablets. He is currently a contributor at Digital Trends, writing about everything from computers to how-to content on Windows and Macs to reviews of the latest laptops from HP, Dell, Lenovo, and more. 

  • zankuto
    Defenseless child? Why is a child playing an M rated title? Get the kid off the game.
  • I'd pay £80 to strangle some little internet turd. Sounds like a good deal.
  • TeKEffect
    I've wanted to choke a few kids. Now I just mute everyone and don't have much of a problem
  • Atotalnoob
    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.
  • haxs101
    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!
  • sixdegree

    He is now.
  • chumly
    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.
  • spentshells
    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
  • thesnappyfingers
    You are a grown man.
  • jdwii
    stuff happens