One day after being arrested for hit-and-run and evading police, UFC lightweight Josh Neer’s representative released a statement on the fighter’s behalf. Mickey Dubberly, CEO of KO Dynasty, would like for fans to reserve judgement on the fighter until all of the facts come to light.
Early New Year’s Morning, Neer was arrested by police in Des Moines, Iowa. Polk County (Iowa) records indicate that he was charged with a second-offense operating while intoxication charge, and eluding while more than 25 miles-per-hour in excess of the speeding limit.
Neer was released on a $7,000 bond sometime around 9AM New Year’s morning and will face a future court date.
The Des Moines Register indicated that Neer was allegedly involved in a three-car collision at a stoplight before attempting to elude police on a high-speed chase.
In a statement released to the press, Dubberly vouched for his fighter’s character, and apologized for bringing negative publicity to the UFC:
“We are still looking into the matter as a lot of the facts are still unclear. We back Josh 100 percent in resolving this issue as quickly as possible and putting this matter behind us and moving forward.
I know Josh on a personal and business level, and he is a great person, fighter and loving father. We apologize to Josh’s fans, family, friends, and the UFC while we have to deal with this incident. We are very grateful that the UFC has supported Josh throughout his career and has given him the opportunity to be a co–main event.
In no way do we ever want to bring any negativity toward the UFC as they have been nothing but great to Josh. Josh is already looking forward to put this incident behind him and is focusing on his fight with Mac Danzig.
We would hope everyone would reserve judgment until all the facts are known in a court of law instead of just going off of hearsay.
No further comments will be made until after the court hearing. Josh wants to thank his friends, fans, family, training partners, UFC and everyone that stands behind him for supporting him through his career.”
Neer currently holds a 24-7-1 professional record and is slated to face Mac Danzig at “UFC Fight Night 17″ at the USF Sun Dome on February 7th in Tampa, Florida.