Former NFL player Tony Beckham put his tackling skills to good use in Florida this week, walloping an intruder who was allegedly found masturbating outside his 15-year old daughter's bedroom, a report said.
Beckham, who was a defensive player for the Tenessee Titans and the Detroit Lions from 2002-05, was reportedly inside his house in Palm Beach County when he heard a noise outside.
Investigating the sound, Beckham told an ABC affiliate in West Palm Beach: "I waited for a second and I looked again and I see a white male and he's standing by my window and he's trying to get a better position."
The suspect was looking into Beckham's teen daughter's room. His pants were partly down and he was masturbating, Beckham told the station. According to a probable cause affidavit cited by the Miami Herald, Beckham’s daughter was getting dressed in her bedroom after getting out of the shower.
"I couldn't believe it. I was like, 'is this for real?'" he said. "I thought I was getting 'Punk'd."
Beckham went on to say that he yelled at the man, who tried to run away. However, Beckham put his sporting experience into effect and is said to have chased him over 50 yards before tackling him to the ground. After catching him, he told ABC that he "had a good conversation" with the Peeping Tom whilst his wife phoned the police.
Cassidy was taken to a hospital where he was diagnosed with a fractured cheekbone and eye socket. When police arrived at the scene, a bruised Cassidy claimed that his car had broken down and that he was sitting outside Beckham's home waiting for the engine to "cool down". He was, however, unable to tell police where the car was located.
Cassidy was booked into a local jail and charged with lewd and lascivious behavior with a victim younger than 16 years old. He was held in Palm Beach County Jail with his bail set at $1,500 and has been ordered to stay away from Beckham and his family.
Records show that the 48-year-old already has charges of burglary, theft and criminal trespass to his name.
Beckham has said that his two daughters have been left traumatized by the incident and that the family has installed blackout blinds to ensure that there can be no chance of it happening again.
Beckham was twice named a Division III All-American whilst starring at the University of Wisconsin-Stout until he was drafted by the Tenessee Titans in the 2002 NFL draft. He went on to play for the Titans until 2005 and spent parts of 2007 with the Detroit Lions, before finally finishing with a career-high of 23 tackles as the 12-4 Titans reached the Divisional round of the AFC Playoffs.