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Police: Man Threatened Children Over Outcome of Football Game

January 2, 1989

CINCINNATI (AP) _ A man who held police at bay for two hours and threatened to shoot his children apparently did so because he was upset the Cincinnati Bengals beat the Seattle Seahawks in a playoff game, authorities said.

The standoff began about 12:30 a.m. Sunday, when the children’s mother called to report her husband had barricaded himself with a gun inside the family’s suburban Cincinnati condominium, Union Township police dispatcher John Kiskaden said.

Officers arrived to find Doran Whitney, 30, formerly of Seattle, threatening to shoot the children, ages 2 years and 3 months, Kiskaden said. The dispatcher said he didn’t know the children’s sexes.

The children later were found unharmed and asleep in their beds.

Police said Whitney surrendered peacefully about 2:30 a.m. and was charged with aggravated burglary, aggravated menacing, domestic violence, inducing panic and child endangering.

He was being held Sunday in the Union Township jail, Kiskaden said.

Whitney became despondent after watching Saturday’s National Football League game in which Cincinnati defeated Seattle, 21-13, police said.

″We get them every year,″ Kiskaden said. ″Last year, we had a guy drive his car into a tree because the Bengals lost.″

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