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Mom's Drug Addiction Was To Blame For Mario's Assault

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We still don't think it was okay for singer Mario to beat up his mom though!

Mario was charged with assaulting his mother, Shawntia Hardaway, and was arrested on Friday. He was later released on bail. His lawyer, Hassan Murphy, called it "an unfortunate incident between a loving son and a mother who continues to struggle with a devastating addiction."

Mario's mother was the subject of a 2007 award-winning TV documentary titled, I Won't Love You to Death: The Story of Mario and His Mom, which documented his troubled relationship with his heroin-addicted mother.

Hardaway had called the police on Friday claiming that her son "started yelling at her and he used his hands and forearms and pushed her in the chest and shoulder area causing minor pain and discomfort." When the police arrived, they found a severely damaged" china cabinet, a broken mirror, a busted door and "a lot of glass lying on the floor" in their apartment.

Mario's lawyer spoke of Hardaway's addiction, saying:

"Anyone who has waged the battle to save loved ones from the forces of drugs knows the irrational behavior that almost always accompanies their actions. Despite the allegations, Mario remains committed to supporting his mother."

It still doesn't give him the right to lay his hands on his own mother. We hope they can get help.


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26 comments to “Mom's Drug Addiction Was To Blame For Mario's Assault”

  1. 1

    I don't think we can judge him. He probably was trying to restrain her and she flew off the handle. Those of us that have had interactions with family members who have been afflicted with drug additions know that these folks are HIGHLY volatile. Mario, I feel for you. :(

  2. 2

    It still doesn't.. but i wans't there. I can tell it was out of love.. just like when you parents spank you when you do something wrong. If you watched the documentary..he was more the parent and she was the child. Mario is actually the good one..

  3. 3

    I understand what he's going through. My mom is drug addicted too. I've been arrested before because my mother was freaking out (she was obviously high.), throwing things and punching walls. My little sister was in the house, what was i suppose to do? I called the police and tried to hold her down. She started beating me, so i beat her back (obviously not the right thing to do, but you be in that situation and do something different). I was the one who was arrested because I was in her house and because I beat her worse than she beat me , blah blah blah….. I literally lost it. Perez, You have no idea what he's probably gone through. He's probably been to hell and back, but a drug addict will ALWAYS play the victim, even when the situation was caused by their behaviour.

  4. 4

    No, I think he did. My sister put me through this shit for years. she's had my house robbed, she's robbed me herself. She let me think she was clean and brought drugs into my house with my kids. These addicts care for no one but themselves. Drugs take your soul away and leave you nothing but a hopeless bastard. He should kick her ass to the curb. Not to mention I guarantee she started with him. She probably deserved a punch in the face rather than a couple rough arm movements, which were probably in self defense.

  5. 5

    perez, have you ever had to deal with a drug/alcohol addict?
    no, did not think so, so why dont you shut the hell up!

  6. 6

    Perez you are out of control!! Who are you to judge someone who has to deal with a parent with severe substance abuse??!? Having a "tough" child hood yourself due to your sexual preferences.. yo should understand that things aren't so black and white. Sure she brought him into this world… but i am sure while he watched her abuse drugs as a child there were plenty of times he wished he never existed. He is self made and has the money not to deal with a dead beat parent! Mario has taken care of a parent that never reciprocated that sort of unconditional love for him! He's been grinding since he was 12 to get where he is today.. pretty amazing if you ask me.

  7. 7

    You suck as a person perez.

  8. 8

    You are a garbage role model.. as a gay adolescent it's depressing to know that you're suppose to be a role model for me.

  9. 9

    I remember the times I wanted to fly my fist through my meth-addicted father's face, so I can relate to Mario. No it doesn't excuse his actions, but when you have an addict for a parent, it can take God and a choir of angels to not just beat the hell out of them when they're begging you for money to get a hit or raging at you as a child because they're hopped up at the moment.

    Now my father is dead, has been dead for years because of meth, and maybe if I had hit him a few times, he would have woke up and got some help. I regret now just standing by and being a doormat for him.

  10. 10

    (Oh Lord, two crack heads fighting on the bus.)

    Yeah, I thought it was because she was on drugs again, but he should not have put his hands on her.

  11. 11

    your a moron im sure mario would never hurt his mother and you obviously never faced a real issue with drugs this story is rubbish!

  12. Zip says – reply to this


    I previously, I didn't know that facts here, but now having heard them, clearly, he is the victim, not his mom. He was simply trying to restrain his mother in an attempt to stop her attack against him. Most people who have heroin addictions, more than half, die from those addictions. You can imagine, she was propably trying to get high, or leave the house to get high, and he tried to stop her, and in that attaempt, he was attacked and restrained her for his own safety and her's. That isn't battery, that is being protective!!! The police should have arrested his mother, for her own protection…from herself. Mario is a hero here, and should be cheered! This is not another Chris Brown situation.

  13. 13

    I can't believe Perez would jump to conclusions about this Mario guy.

    I mean, I can't imagine what he's going through having his mom addicted. Shame on Perez for being so ignorant.

  14. Zip says – reply to this


    Amended: Previously, I didn't know that facts here, but now, having heard them…clearly, I have to say that he is the victim, not his mom. He was simply trying to restrain his mother, in an attempt to stop her attack against him. Most people who have heroin addictions, more than half, die from those addictions. You can imagine, she was probably trying to get high, or leave the house to get high, and he tried to stop her, and in that attempt, he was attacked by his mom…and restrained her for his own safety and her's. That isn't battery, that is being protective!!! The police should have arrested his mother, for her own protection…from herself. Mario is a hero here, and should be cheered! This is not another Chris Brown situation. The police left her alone at their home, giving her plenty of time to get high, and place her life at risk, yet again, something Mario was trying to prevent. Shame on the police!!!

  15. 15

    As an e.r nurse I deal with countless drug addicts at the hospital and one thing I can assure you is, that the majority are very aggresive and they would get physical with us all time, so for the safety of our other patients and ours we had to restrained them until the police arrive or they calm down.

  16. ONIT says – reply to this


    A new victim to judge without using common sense. Yes. Let's destroy him online, on TV, everywhere. #irony off#

  17. 17

    Though him touching his mother was absolutely no excuse I do understand. It's hard knowing your mother is shooting up drugs up her arm. Good luck mario.

  18. 18

    I fortunately have never had to deal with drug addiction in my family or friends, nor do I condone any type of physical abuse but from the details of Mario's arrest it appears that he was probably trying to restrain her. She could have possibly done most of the damage in the home herself. Of course not being there we don't know exactly what happened but having heard about Mario's situation before and his support of her and don't believe that if he did cause some bruising it was out of malice but probably to save her from going to get high.

    Perez as always you are coming off more and more like an idiot. You should stick to just telling the gossip and not passing judgement on situations you know nothing about. You are the wrong person to advocate for gay youth and anti bullying because you are a bully yourself. You just seem to refuse to see the truth of who and what you really do. I think because of who you are you actually hurt the cause you want to help. I'm sure you are sincere in your desire to help the gay community but as long as you continue to be mean to everyone you write about, even if it's not actually you writing the stuff, this blog is yours, you come off as the biggest hypocrite.

  19. 19

    If I were Mario I would pack up and move! I would still care for her and check on her but I would have someone with me. Had no idea his mother was like that. Good luck Mario. So sad this had to happen this way. Put her in rehab. I just hope she gets the help SHE needs.

  20. 20

    As i read your post i thought he was saving his mother from drugs, however, other news outlets say she WAS a FORMER heroin addict…and that he was pushing her around the apartment and broke a china cabinet and bustd a mirror and put a hole in the closet door. It also said he attacked her earlier in the week when he pushed her eight feet into a living room wall, where she hit her head on the wall. He's young and perhaps she is still on drugs but pushing her around is not the answer.

  21. 21

    omg shut up i bet al my money the little that i have that marios mother made it up or started it. andafter all he has done for hi to call the cops on him is so dramtic and rude and un called for. makes me sick. mario your in my prayers and i know you still support your mother and your kind heart is a selfless act god less :) from baltimore brittany xoxox

  22. 22

    Hey Perez can you stop posting stories that you don't have all the information about? I know you have a need to have stories for people to read a enjoy but it seems like lately you just post garbage and leave it out there for people to believe as real. Or at least leave your OPINION of these stories off your blog. By starting off by saying Mario beat his mother up without seeing her or being there yourself is misleading and dumb on your part and only leads to having to EDIT yourself in the future.\\

  23. 23

    I went to HS with this dirtbag (Mario). I saw him beat his gf @ the time. He's full of shit.

  24. PIQUE says – reply to this


    i wanted to comment on this because we had a very big discussion about at work the other day, I went throguh the same thing with a family member and i totally agree with what he did ….sometimes it takes tuff love to snap out of bullshit

  25. 25

    I told you!!! I support Mario 200 Percent cause you have NO IDEA what he might have been going through in that house with that woman. It's been reported that she allegedly bought drugs using his debit card while he was away in NYC. That man is dealing with a serious problem and I have to commend him for attempting to work with her because I will be honest, I had to put my mother completely out of my life. He continues to try to support her even though I personally think he needs to worry more about him and say sometimes you have to love a person from a distance. Now not only is he losing God knows how much money dealing with her but now her addiction is effecting his career and the way people see him. Keep your head up Mario!

  26. 26

    You have a right to judge him since this is a free country … but I think you are dead wrong!!! You have no concept of what it means to deal with a drug addicted parent. He is the victim of god knows how much mental abuse … it must kill him inside to see his mother like that. You are just dead wrong on your judgement call … just dead wrong.