Tim Simpson, the manager of former UFC middleweight champ Israel Adesanya, has released a statement to clear the air about the fighter’s recent reported arrest at the JFK Airport.
Israel Adesanya was arrested for brass knuckles reportedly gifted to him at the airport
As per the latest developments from TMZ Sports, ‘The Last Stylebender’ was apprehended at JFK Airport for alleged criminal possession of a weapon. The report states that Adesanya was carrying brass knuckles, which were detected as the 185-pounder was going through the security checkup.
The Nigerian fighter was arrested around 2 o’clock in the noon by the Port Authority Police Department close to the TSA screening area which lies nearby to the American Airlines terminal.
In the New York state, brass knuckles are classified as illegal (class A misdemeanor) and its also illegal to carry them on person or in a luggage, which is the primary reason for Adesanya’s arrest.
Soon after the news of the arrest made headlines, a statement from Tim Simpson, which he released to Ariel Helwani, came on air, claiming that the knuckles were gifted to Adesanya by a fan. Simpson also added that the fighter was cooperative with the security about the possession of the weapon.
“Israel was handed a gift by a fan, which he put in his luggage. When flagged at the airport, Israel quickly disposed of the item, and cooperated with authorities. He has complied accordingly, with that the matter was dismissed and he is on his way home,”read the statement from Simpson.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) November 16, 2022
In the main event of UFC 281 last weekend, ‘The Last Stylebender’ went up against Alex Pereira, his former kickboxing rival and the only man ever to have knocked him out, and from kickboxing to MMA, that notion remains unchanged.
Despite going into the fight as a favourite and leading on the cards, Izzy suffered a brutal TKO defeat against ‘Poatan’, after the Brazilian unloaded barrage of punches on him in the fifth round, before referee Marc Goddard stepped in to stop the fight.
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