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The Sportsfather

John J. Kasik, 61, was watching from the stands when the Lisle, Ill., High School volleyball coach took his daughter out of a match. The removed athlete was upset, but her father got furious. When athletic director Dan Dillard left, local prosecutor Robert Berlin said, Kasik followed him home and threatened to kill him if the young woman “didn’t make it through the night.” Dillard persuaded him to come to the school in the morning to talk about it, but that night, from about 9:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m., Kasik kept calling and texting coach Matt Hrubesky with threatening messages, Berlin said. Still, Kasik wasn’t arrested until he came to the meeting, shouted at Dillard, and, Berlin said, physically blocked the man from leaving the room. Kasik was charged with felony telephone harassment because his voice and text messages included a death threat. The messages, Berlin said, also included a threat to rape the volleyball coach’s daughter. And who was the replacement for Kasik’s daughter? Another of his daughters. (AC/Chicago Tribune, Arlington Heights Daily Herald) ...They may both have to finish high school with their father in prison, but at least they’ll know who’s his favorite.
Original Publication Date: 11 November 2012
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 19.

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