PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) — “Pittsburgh Kid” Paul Spadafora is back in trouble with the law, accused of stabbing his brother.
According to a criminal complaint, officers were called to the 500 block of Kearns Avenue for a domestic violence incident around 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Upon arrival, Charles Marsico, Spadafora’s brother, told police that the boxer had stabbed him and displayed a wound to his upper thigh.
Paul Spadafora and his mother, Ann Spadafora, were observed shouting at each other on the front porch. She told officers he “came home high” and began fighting with his brother.
Police say the accused “assumed a fighting stance” and said he wanted a fair fight. Officers deployed tasers in order to bring him into custody.
Reports indicate that Spadafora tried to spit on officers and screamed, “Mom, get all their names, I know they have to live in the city, I’m gonna kill them.”
His charges include aggravated assault, terroristic threats, simple assault and aggravated harassment by prisoner.
Spadafora’s attorney, Phil DiLucente, says the holidays are “emotional for families.”
“He’s the Pittsburgh Kid, he’s not a kid anymore, he knows that,” DiLucente said. “He said it himself, sometimes there’s one Paul, sometimes there’s another Paul.”
This latest incident is just one of many run-ins with the law.
In April, he was accused of putting a woman in a headlock, drinking her beer, and throwing her down.
That same month, a convenience clerk told police Spadafora appeared to be drunk while holding a blueberry muffin in one hand and an opened, folding tactical knife in the other and yelling.
Spadafora’s once-promising career has been marred by arrests and convictions. He won the vacant International Boxing Federation lightweight belt in 1999 when he was 23, but had to give up the belt after he was charged in a shooting.
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