After nearly two weeks behind bars, UFC lightweight Jeremy Stephens is out of jail for the time being while details continue to develop surrounding his legal case in Iowa. News of the fighter’s freedom surfaced in a statement from his management team claiming Stephens’ innocence in an assault charge costing him an opportunity to face Yves Edwards at UFC on FX 5.
According to Stephens’ representatives, “Jeremy’s legal team is already hard at work to prove what many already know; he is not guilty of the crimes he’s been accused of.”
While no details of his case were mentioned, a police report revealed by MMAJunkie shed some light on the matter at hand.
In the document, an October 2011 incident involving a brutal assault at a bar places Stephens on the scene as one of the assailants. The victim was then said to be trying to flee before an associate of Stephens pulled him out of a car and the attack continued.
Stephens’ side of the story is that his friend did have a physical altercation with the complainant but he was not personally involved, claiming the involved individual is trying to get money out of him based on his success in the ring. Thus far, the UFC has been siding with the 26-year old striker and even went so far as to try and spring him out of jail in the hours leading up to his ultimately-axed meeting with Edwards.
The full statement from Stephens’ management can be read below:
Des Moines, Iowa, October 17, 2012- Today, at 3:30pm, Jeremy was released from custody from the Polk County Jail. As you know, Jeremy has spent the last twelve days incarcerated, both in Iowa and Minnesota, missing his October 5 UFC fight against Yves Edwards, as well as many lucrative financial opportunities associated with that bout.
While Jeremy’s employer (UFC), his family, friends, and loyal fans have stood behind him, certainly the recent events have garnered some negative media attention.
Jeremy felt it was very important to thank each and every one of those who have stood by his side during this tough time. He wanted everyone to know that despite the negative situation that he’s been placed in, he has remained upbeat and positive, reflecting on the opportunities that have been and will be presented to him, reflecting on his family, and his firm believe in his innocence.
Jeremy’s legal team is already hard at work to prove what many already know; he is not guilty of the crimes he’s been accused of.
We ask that everyone respect Jeremy’s privacy throughout this case. Although we are not at liberty to discuss specific details including, but not limit to his pending case, questions can be directed to [email protected]
Of course, as Jeremy resumes training in the upcoming weeks, he will continue to communicate and interact with his fans and supporters through his personal web site, as well as Facebook and Twitter.
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