BJ Penn Has Spoken Out About His Recent Public Brawl That Wound Up With Him Getting KOed in Hawaii…
BJ Penn is an MMA legend. There’s no doubt whatsoever that he’s one of the greatest UFC fighters of all time. It’s just a pity that his recent form in the octagon and his exploits outside of the cage have tarnished his legacy. For a generation of younger fans, he’s that dude that everybody talks about but does nothing positive to back it up and for the diehard, longtime fan, that is a sad state of affairs.
Recently, there’s been a couple of videos shared by TMZ of Penn getting knocked out in a bar fight and then, later, battering the same guy with ground-and-pound. All of this is going on while Penn is involved in a custody cage. It’s a truly miserable story.
Anyway, Penn himself has spoken out about the incident. Check out his statement below.
Penn explained that the situation was much more different than had been previously represented in the media. He explained to TSN:
“I’m at a concert going to meet a friend that I’ve known since we were really young kids and I’m over there and an acquaintance of mine, he gets mad about something, you know something was said or it was an old past thing and then he wants to fight about it.”
“I was like, ‘no, no, I don’t want to fight, we’re friends, everything is cool,’” he continued. “He even walks outside and I’m thinking, this is silly I’m going to go get him, calm him down and get him to come back inside and enjoy the concert, we’ve got some other friends there. I walk outside to go give the guy a hug and then he hits me twice and I’m like no, calm down. I try to give him another hug and he hits me a couple more times and he hits me again.”
It turns out that telling a guy to hit you might actually end with him hitting you. Penn didn’t expect that when he told the guy to strike him again. That’s what caused him to wind up unconscious on the asphalt. He said:
“Whoever put that video up cut it in half, I wish they had the whole thing that showed me trying to hug the guy,” he said. “Finally my adrenaline picked up because he was hitting me so much so I said go ahead and hit me again, really I thought the guy would eventually just say forget it BJ, whatever, walk away, but he hit me and he hit me good and knocked me down and then when I got back up he tried it again and I just had to defend myself and that’s what you see in the second video.”
In a sad state of affairs, Penn explained how he definitely didn’t want this kind of situation being made public because of the adverse effect it could have on his custody case. It’s definitely not a good idea to get involved in these types of scenarios. Maybe he needs to get out of Hawaii for a bit.
“The last thing I want to do is get into any type of trouble, my custody case, me seeing my kids depends on all this stuff and it’s just really strange how things just happen and you never see this kind of stuff, but here I am in a custody case and this happened twice.”