Bad news for those of you who were won over by the heart and spunk of TUF6 contestant Jon Koppenhaver:
Recent contestant on season six of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF), Jon “War Machine” Koppenhaver, was hauled in today before a California Superior Court Judge on charges that he allegedly choked a man unconscious and punched him in the grill on September 2, according to the San Diego Tribune.
The victim in the case claims that he did not see who broke his face in the confrontation. Furthermore, an independent witness at the scene of the crime testified that Koppenhaver was involved in the incident but was not the one responsible for the damage.
“War Machine” faces a maximum of seven years in the clink if the case goes to trial and he is convicted.
Now many of you probably think that since Jon wasn’t the one beating the unconscious bastard, he’s gonna get off easy. While I don’t doubt the one who actually did the punching will get a worse sentence, the law’s pretty clear on one thing: if you’re directly involved in a situation like this and you don’t try to stop things when they escalate, you’re held responsible for what goes on. No, that’s not some fucked up branch of the Good Samaritan law … we’re talking about Jon being a part of the gang that participated in the beating of this guy.
Jon Koppenhaver’s not the only TUF alumni who’s going to or has been in jail … TUF5’s Rob Emerson also served time this year for a bar assault, and spent time in the poke back in 2000 for a series of assaults with a pack of rich ‘frat’ kids. You can go check out a news story with all the details here. Rob Emerson is the scared kid in the suit near the end of the video.