Exhibit A for the Prosecution right here
Brock Lesnar wasn’t required to face the music for his “poaching” charges in Alberta until January 19th, but he nipped the matter in the bud and already sent his lawyer to plead guilty on his behalf. It turns out the video above (and the photo from our previous article) are actually from the incident in question, so it was kinda hard for him to deny that shit.
Lesnar plead guilty to failing to tag his kill, but the charges of unlawful possession and abandoning edible meat were dropped for some reason, even though the latter infraction is readily apparent in the video and photos. His fine for this terrible crime was a whopping $1725 CDN… or less than 0.5% of his last fight purse, and that’s not including exchange, let alone his PPV cut or sponsorship earnings. Oh but wait, he was also banned from hunting in Alberta for 6 months… or until about 3 months before next hunting season opens in September. Let that be a lesson to the rest of you foreigner criminals!
Lesnar freely admits an honest mistake in not tagging the animal, but as for leaving the meat to rot, he’s basically blaming that on his Canadian guide Chad Stryker (again, sweet name, bro).
As far as the spoilage charge that was withdrawn, Lesnar said he couldn’t bring deer meat back across the border.
“I trusted the outfitter to properly handle it. They are professionals and I understand it was handled appropriately.”
Sorry, but that just sounds like a lame cop-out. As the pro guide, Stryker definitely should have known better, but it’s not as if this rule is unique to Alberta. The video above shows them shooting the deer in a steep valley, then Lesnar insists on carrying out the backpack full of meat and the head while Stryker carries nothing. Obviously most of the animal was left behind, and it seems kinda hard to believe that Brock honestly expected Stryker to come back for the rest later.
Lesnar’s claim that it’s verboten for him to bring deer meat home isn’t accurate either. According to the state of Minnesota, it’s only forbidden to import whole carcasses, but boned-out or cut and wrapped meat is allowed, and even quarter sections are fine as long as the head and spine aren’t attached.
Anyway, I don’t think anyone expected this case to be serious stuff, but neither did we expect it to be over almost as fast as Brock’s last fight. At least now he can get back to the task at hand, preparing for fellow exotic meat-eater Alistair Overeem. And I tells ya what, when Overeem kills a horse (presumably with his bare hands), you better believe he eats it all.