The son of one of the owners of the Minnesota Vikings has entered an intervention program for assault in order to have assault charges against him dropped, according to a Page Six report.
Michael Mandelbaum was charged with aggravated assault in the third degree last year when he allegedly pushed his wife Debra down a flight of stairs. Mandelbaum claimed at the time his wife slipped and fell, but Debra told paramedics he pushed her.
Once Mandelbaum completes the program, the New York Post reported, the charges against Mandelbaum will be dropped.
While Debra recently filed for divorce, earlier this week Mandelbaum claimed in New Jersey Superior Court he and his wife never actually were married, the Wall Street Journal reported. Debra claims her husband is asserting this claim to "get out of paying her potentially hundreds of millions," the Post reported.
The relatively undiscussed charges against Mandelbaum come at a time when the team his father is a co-owner of responds to several highly public assault charges against one of its star players.
All-Pro running back Adrian Peterson was indicted last week by a jury in east Texas of child injury, and is now facing secondary allegations of child abuse against another son.
Peterson's future with the NFL and with the Vikings remains uncertain.
- Will Green