It’s a sad day when a fellow can’t even get into a simple bar fight without the fuzz getting their panties into a bunch and making it out to be D-Day at Normandy. Bar fights used to be a rite of passage. A man wasn’t a man until he’d gotten his ass kicked in a good bar brawl. And the only rule was don’t go down because the boots were surely to follow. Twas a glorious time.
Now you get arrested and charged with battery, which is the unenviable situation Chad Mendes finds himself in after allegedly hitting a man in a bar in Sanford, CA earlier this month. Granted, as a professional fighter Mendes should know better than to go around hitting people. But the assistant sheriff in this case, Barney Fife Dave Putnam has a flair for the dramatic that is turning a basic bar fight into the Watts riots. According to the Hanford Sentinel, Putnam described the state of the victim:
“The victim felt lucky to walk out with just a contusion after being punched by Mendes.”
Here’s more of that superhuman bullshit we enjoyed after the story originally broke. Then it was Putnam saying how Mendes could be charged with assault with a deadly weapon because his martial arts training meant he could do the Five Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique. Now it’s the hapless victim who somehow escaped certain death by getting punched by a 5-6 man who weighs about 165 pounds. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t want to get hit by Mendes. I’m sure it sucks pretty badly. But let’s not get crazy here. The guy is not Superman. Yes, he’s a fighter, but that doesn’t mean one punch equates to adult diapers. The guy he hit got tuned up a little, no harm, no foul. I’m sure he’ll do just fine when the inevitable civil suit is settled.
The point is that this sheriff says some really ridiculous shit, and because of his position and the inherent gullibility of people, many will believe him, perpetuating the sort of stupidity that is making the world a difficult place to reside.