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SPC's Mancuso, parent in scuffle

By JOHN C. COTEY, Times Staff Writer
Published November 11, 2005

St. Petersburg Police arrested Donald C. Warren on Wednesday night after he allegedly punched St. Petersburg Catholic football coach Dan Mancuso in the face after practice.

Warren, the father of starting cornerback Donald Warren, was arrested and charged with felony battery. He bonded out Thursday morning.

According to St. Petersburg police spokesman George Kajtsa, police were called to St. Petersburg Catholic around 7:35 Wednesday night after Warren confronted Mancuso in the parking lot and "punched him in the face with a closed fist."

Warren was upset about the way Mancuso handled a fight the day before between his son, who is 5-foot-10, 170 pounds, and a bigger player. The police report stated he was "angry that the coach did nothing about the fight."

Mancuso said Thursday the fight and his confrontation with Warren was "no big deal." He said Donald Warren's son is still on the team and is expected to start tonight's Class 2A playoff opener against West Palm Beach Cardinal Newman.

Though Mancuso said in the police report he wanted to prosecute, when contacted by the Times he said he would not.

"I don't want to hurt the kid," Mancuso said. "He's a great kid. So I'd prefer not to comment."

Warren was unavailable for comment. His phone has been disconnected.

[Last modified November 11, 2005, 01:19:18]


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