Could Celebrity Drug Rehab be Junie’s next stop?
According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, everyone’s favorite The Ultimate Fighter season 8 bad boy Junie Browning was arrested Tuesday night in Henderson, Nev. for allegedly assaulting three nurses at St. Rose Dominican Hospital, Siena campus.
Police stated in an arrest report the 24-year-old Kentucky native was taken to the hospital after he took 16 pills of the anti-anxiety drug Klonopin in an effort to harm himself.
The report also states Browning tried to leave and became angry. He then pushed a female nurse, punched a male nurse, kicked another male nurse, and yelled “Do you know who I am? I will kill you and rape your family.”
Browning was charged with three counts of battery on a health care provider. He was booked at the Henderson Detention Center and released on Wednesday.
Upon hearing the news, UFC President Dana White terminated Browning’s contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. White commented on the situation,
“He was given an amazing opportunity, but he has some serious issues that are beyond me and what I can do. I’m there for guys and I realize nobody is perfect and guys are going to get into trouble. When that happens, I want to try to help and do something for them. But he needs more help than I can give him. I did what I could for him.”
Xtreme Couture striking coach Shawn Tompkins took Browning under his wing after his stint on The Ultimate Fighter. Browning moved in with Tompkins and his wife for a time and became close. He admitted Browning had a rough childhood and also suffers from depression,
“There is a good Junie Browning and I saw that side of him a lot. But he comes from a real bad upbringing and he suffers from severe depression. He’s had an enormously difficult life. There’s a lot to life beyond stepping into a cage and fighting and being on TV and a lot of people who think they know Junie don’t, really. He’s at a very deep and troubled point in his life.”
Tompkins went on to say that Junie’s fighting career is probably finished, but some things are more important than fighting – like staying alive. You can read everything Tompkins had to say about his troubled friend, including how if he had gotten to Junie much later he may have died, in a new article by Kevin Iole.