(Was it the ultimate fighting or the ridiculous hat the police have a problem with? From this picture I must surmise that Pierson is a cage fighting drug pimp)
Ever get the feeling that half the police force is made up of douchebags from high school who didn’t exactly behave admirably the last time they had power over the weak? This fear was partially confirmed during the Countdown to UFC 124 when we learned that Josh Koscheck was on the way to becoming a cop before fighting came along.
So what does the police force do to cull out the jackasses and dick faces? They keep an eye on what you do and decide based on that if you might be a problem. Unfortunately, it looks like participating in human cockfighting is considered a red flag to the Toronto PD, who are making Sean Pierson chose between them and the UFC:
Pierson stepped down from his position as an accounts manager with Dell Canada three months ago and was recently hired by Toronto Police. The aspiring welterweight fighter was told he must make a choice between one job or the other.
“(Toronto Police) said there was a conflict with what I do with mixed martial arts and the police,” Pierson said. “The timing was bad. The fight was on Dec. 11 and I was supposed to start with the police force on Dec. 14. It’s unfortunate for me that I have to make a choice between a career and pursue a dream.”
Compounding Pierson’s possible decision is his age. Being 34 years old, Pierson realizes his mixed martial arts career might not last too long. If Pierson was in his late teens and fighting, he said the situation would be far different.
“I don’t have a lot of time due to my age,” he said yesterday.
Pierson said he hasn’t made up his mind yet and will have a meeting with his new employers on the situation.
I think everyone agrees that Pierson’s domination of Matt Riddle was impressive, but it doesn’t let us know if he can hang with the sharks of the UFC welterweight division. And I bet when Sean puts together one of those pro / con lists to help make a decision, all the pros are on the police job side and all the cons are on the UFC side. But here’s the biggest pro for sticking with the UFC: you can always re-apply for a job with one of the hundreds of police departments later, but the UFC only comes knocking once. Fuck the police – chase the dream, Sean!