A Boca Raton man facing charges that he pushed and punched a 15-year-old after accusing the boy of egging his home is a former NFL player who spent seven seasons with the New York Jets.
Scott Mersereau, 51, posted a $3,000 bond Saturday and was released from the Palm Beach County Jail.
Mersereau played seven seasons as a defensive tackle with the Jets from 1987-1993. He played in 102 career games and registered 19 sacks but may be best known for a collision during a game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Nov. 29, 1992, that left teammate Dennis Byrd paralyzed.
Mersereau is also a former assistant coach at Boca Raton High School.
On Saturday, Mersereau walked to the boy’s home on Southwest Sixth Avenue and accused him of egging his house, according to reports. The boy apparently told the man he was not at fault.
The argument apparently escalated and the teen started cursing at the man. Mersereau allegedly pushed the boy in his chest with both hands. Mersereau walked to the front door of the boy’s home and demanded to speak with his mother. When the boy told him to leave, Mersereau allegedly grabbed him by the shirt and pushed him again.
Mersereau, listed on the arrest report as 6 feet 3 inches and 230 pounds, then allegedly punched the boy in his face and back of the head with a closed fist.
The attack was witnessed by several people, including the boy’s mother.
The victim had a contusion on the left side of his head and was taken to West Boca Medical Center for treatment.
Mersereau is facing a charge of child cruelty.
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