by Ivan Trembow – MMAWeekly.com (Photo courtesy of HBO)
(photo courtesy of HBO)
Longtime HBO Boxing play-by-play announcer Jim Lampley was arrested late last week and charged with domestic abuse. The 57-year-old Lampley now faces a felony charge of domestic abuse/corporal injury and two misdemeanor counts of violating a restraining order and dissuading a witness.
San Diego County Sheriff’s Captain Glenn Revell told the Associated Press, “The circumstances are that there was an altercation between Mr. Lampley and a 28-year-old female with whom he reportedly has a dating relationship.”
The woman in question is 28-year-old Candice Sanders, who won the Miss California USA pageant in 2003. Sanders alleges multiple cases of assault and further claimed that Lampley was drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana prior to the most recent incident, which was allegedly witnessed by Lampley’s 14-year-old son.
Lampley was released from police custody after posting $35,000 in bail. Lampley’s public relations representative, Howard Bragman, released a statement in which Lampley said, “I am innocent of the charge of domestic abuse that has been leveled against me and will vigorously defend myself. I’m confident that the process will prove that I’m not guilty of this charge. I thank my friends and family for their support during this difficult time, and ask for the understanding and patience from the media until my legal situation allows me to discuss this in more depth.”
Lampley drew the ire of MMA fans last summer when he said on Jim Rome’s radio show that UFC events are nothing more than bar fights and that MMA fighters are “not athletes.” Lampley also said at the time that any of the top fighters from the UFC or K-1 would lose very quickly to a top boxer, and that the UFC “will never be bigger than boxing.”
HBO has not yet made any public comment on Lampley’s status as HBO Boxing’s play-by-play announcer. The next HBO broadcast on which Lampley would be an announcer is scheduled for January 20th.