Tuesday, 31 January 2012 08:36
According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, UFC heavyweight title contender Alistair Overeem has been charged with one count of misdemeanor battery after allegedly pushing a women in Las Vegas on January 2. He is scheduled to in a Las Vegas court on February 21. If convicted, Overeem could get as much as six months in the Clark County Detention Center and have to pay a fine of not more than $1000.
The incident took place at around 3AM, and according to the police report, Overeem pushed the woman in the face, "causing her to stagger back."
Alistair's lawyer, Las Vegas defense attorney David Chesnoff, said: "Alistair was not arrested, but was summoned to court," Chesnoff said. "There are two sides to this story and we intend on vigorously defending this. Alistair maintains his innocence."
If you think about it, it wasn't much of a push if the woman didn't find herself being propelled through a building or something. So on the surface it sounds like she might of invaded his space and he gently pushed her away. But of course, this is all speculation and we'll have to wait and see what the courts decide.
So far, the UFC has declined to comment on the case. If Overeem is convicted, it will be yet another blow to the UFC, but because it's only a misdemeanor it still probably won't scuttle Alistair's title tilt against Junior Dos Santos.
We'll have more on this story as it develops.
Oh, and one more thing. Here's a bit of advice for Overeem and his lawyer. Whatever you do, do not let prosecutors see these old GIF images of Overeem manhandling a female reporter and kicking a kid! GIFs after the jump.
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