UFC star pleads guilty to hunting charge (http://www.vancouversun.com/sports/star+pleads+guilty+hunting+charge/5888343/story.html)
CALGARY — UFC star Brock Lesnar has pleaded guilty to one of the hunting charges he faced, paid a $1,725 fine and said he looks forward to coming back to Alberta for another hunt after last year’s “misunderstanding.”
A lawyer representing the ex-heavyweight mixed martial arts champion entered the plea in a courtroom in Medicine Hat on Tuesday.
Lesnar had been facing three charges laid by Alberta Fish and Wildlife officers. Those were: unlawful possession of wildlife (a whitetail deer), wastage of edible flesh (of a mule deer) and failure to immediately affix a tag to an animal.
The first two charges have now been dropped.
In a statement, Lesnar said he was participating in a filmed hunt guided by Trophy Hunters Alberta in November 2010. As an American hunting in Alberta, he needed to hire a guide to hunt legally.
“The outfitter is there to make sure you follow the rules. I had two deer tags for the trip which meant I could legally shoot two deer. On the first day of the trip, I shot a mule deer,” he said.
“On the second day, I shot a white tail. Video from the hunt has been on the Internet for over a year. After I shot the mule deer, I failed to immediately tag it. As far as I was involved, that’s all there is to it.”
In reference to the spoiled meat charge, Lesnar said he could not bring meat across the border and trusted the outfitter to handle it appropriately.
Lesnar said the fine has been paid and “it’s the kind of thing that happens to hunters all the time.”
He is suspended from hunting in Alberta for six months.
“I want to thank the Canadian authorities for their co-operation in resolving this misunderstanding. I love Canada and I can’t wait to go back to Alberta for a hunt,” said Lesnar through his agent Brian Stegeman.
“I’m glad to put this behind me, so I can focus on my fight against Alistair Overeem at UFC 141 on Dec. 30.”
A representative from Trophy Hunters Alberta declined comment when reached by phone.
Lesnar’s guide, Chad Stryker, was also charged with the same three counts. He will appear in court in January.
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Brock Lesnar cleared a potential road block by finally settling that hunting issue he's been charged with in Canada. His attorney pleaded guilty for him on violating a hunting law in Canada for "failure to immediately affix a tag to an animal".
He paid a fine of $1,725, and will have a 6-month hunting suspension, although the former UFC champion still insists he did nothing wrong. Lesnar talked to MMA Fighting about it:
"As far as I'm concerned, I didn't disobey the law," Lesnar said. "I guess in other people's judgment, they saw it differently. At the end of the day, if they saw fit that I did something wrong, I'm a grown-up and I'll take my fine and go on with my life."
"I'm an excellent hunter. I've been hunting since I was five years old, and at the end of the day, for God's sakes, I don't waste any meat. If you ever looked at my dinner plate when I was done eating you'd know that."
Two other charges of leaving meat to rot, and illegal possession of wildlife, stemming from the incident were dropped after this.
On other news related to the popular fighter, Lesnar also addressed concerns and criticisms he's been getting about not being able to take a good shot after his performances against Cain Velasquez and Shane Carwin. He talked to Ben Fowlkes about it and called BS on the issue:
"I think it's a bunch of bulls---," Lesnar said. "The fights that I've gotten hit, I've stood and banged with Heath Herring, Randy Couture, Frank Mir -- I've taken a lot of shots. I mean, Shane Carwin. And I've yet to be knocked out. I had refs stop a fight for a submission and a TKO, which is a referee stoppage. I've never been knocked out cold."
"Any time you're on top, whatever it is, and I don't care if it's the business world or it's in farming or fighting -- and those are all things that I'm in -- there's people out to get you," he said. "There's criticism. I don't know if it's just that people don't like to see other people succeed, or just if they want to see them fail."
"in the heavyweight division, if guys are putting leather in the right spots, it's hard to come back from that."
Naturally, people will bring up the fact that Lesnar doesn't have to be "out cold" for them to conclude that he doesn't react well to being hit... but let's play devil's advocate for a second -- unlike Lesnar, Alistair Overeem has been "out cold" before, so is it fair to worry on his "chin issues" as well?
Hrrm again looks like most the blame is on the guide shit, they still have court for this shit.. again lets blame brock, he probably kicked a dog or something as he was walking across the street. Hell can someone find a way to make Dana responsible for this too, if we hate on brock for this Dana needs some hate too.. ??? Anyone?