by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
UFC welterweight, Anthony Johnson, was arrested in Hayward, CA with 2 separate felony charges, and a misdemeanor charge for events that took place there on June 27.
When contacted by MMAWeekly.com on Thursday, representatives from the Hayward, CA Police Department confirmed Johnson’s arrest, along with the charges he faces. According to the report, Johnson was held for 2 felony charges which included penal code 422 for criminal threats, and penal code 591, for damage to a power line, which according to police representatives usually means cut telephone lines.
Alternate reports from MMAMania.com have surfaced stating that it was actually a cell phone that was destroyed, which prevented the call to police for an emergency.
Johnson was also arrested with a misdemeanor charge of penal code 243 for battery on a spouse/domestic violence.
The UFC welterweight was released that same day on bail, but no other details were available at the time of publication.
Ken Pavia of MMA Agents was contacted by MMAWeekly.com and issued the following statement:
“It has come to our attention that an email is being circulated with false and misleading information pertaining to Mr. Anthony Johnson. On behalf of Mr. Johnson we would like to address this issue. On June 27th Mr. Johnson was arrested in Hayward California and was charged with misdemeanors stemming from an alleged altercation with an ex-girlfriend.
Mr. Johnson is completely and unequivocally innocent of all charges. These charges are completely outside the realm of Mr. Johnson’s character; he has no prior criminal record and has never been in trouble with the law. Furthermore, any assertion that the UFC played a part in posting his bail or in covering up the incident is completely untrue. Unfortunately, professional athletes are frequently made the victim of such false accusation.
As this has been a stressful time for Mr. Johnson, we ask that judgment is withheld until all relevant facts have come to light.”
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