‘Rumble’ Has Been Arrested and Charged After an Alleged Domestic Battery Incident With His Girlfriend… The Former UFC Light-Heavyweight is in a Spot of Bother Again…
Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson is in trouble with the law again. The popular former UFC light-heavyweight contender was arrested on domestic battery charges. This isn’t the first time he’s been up in court on similar charges in the past.
‘Rumble’ was one of the most terrifying power punchers on the roster back in the day. He annihilated everybody in his path except for Daniel Cormier, who was able to inflict a pair of defeats upon him. He was meant to fight Jon Jones but that fight never came to be, because of Jones’s problems outside the cage.
Johnson now helps to promote Bare-Knuckle Fighting Championships. He has said that he’d be interested in a UFC return against Jon Jones at heavyweight. Right now, the former footballer has to deal with his ongoing legal problems. None of his fans will be happy to hear about this.
The 35-year-old was arrested in Boca Rato Florida on Sunday and charged with one count of battery/domestic battery according to a criminal probable cause affidavit (first reported by Bloody Elbow).
Allegedly the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call on Sunday night. Deputies arrived at the scene and were greeted by the distressed alleged victim who claimed that Johnson “picked her up and carried her into another room during an argument.”
The alleged victim – who Is Johnson’s girlfriend – said that they had begun packing Johnson’s belongings when he came into the room and picked her up in a ‘football hold’ and carried her into another room.”
According to the affidavit, the sheriff’s deputy then interviewed ‘Rumble’ who was in the sitting room, on a couch. According to the deputy, Johnson claimed that he had been arguing about an issue from the previous weekend. The former fighter decided to leave and began to pack his bags in one of the bedrooms.
Johnson admitted to picking the alleged victim up and moving her to another room, ‘to get her away from him.”He claimed that she followed him into the bedroom to continue the argument. He said that his intention was not to hurt her, but just to get her away from him. The arresting officer wrote:
“I believe Johnson actually and intentionally touched [the alleged victim] against her will, which is a violation of P.S.S. 784.03(1) Battery/Domestic Battery.”
This is not Johnson’s first run-in with the law. He has multiple criminal traffic charges and was the subject of a restraining order in 2014 after a woman accused him of striking her and knocking out two of her teeth.
In 2009, while a resident of San Lorenzo, California, Johnson was charged with domestic violence, battery, death threats and destroying a phone to prevent the report of a crime. He pleaded no contest in 2010 and was sentenced to three years of probation, community service and was ordered to attend counselling sessions.
During a brief court appearance, Johnson was declared ‘indigent.’ He is due back in court on June 6 for arraignment. As part of his release conditions, he is not allowed to consume drugs or alcohol of any kind. The man has his own line of marijuana.