Chael Sonnen Sues Mean Streets Pizza Partner for Embezzlement

Written by Tom Ngo
February 26th, 2013

UFC Middleweight Chael Sonnen

UFC light heavyweight top contender Chael Sonnen (Pictured) wasn’t kidding, West Linn is a rough neighborhood. Not only are the streets mean, at least that’s what Uncle Chael claims, but the businesses in the city are just as vicious.

According to OregonLive.com, Sonnen is suing his business partner and Mean Street Pizza co-owner for embezzling $20,000 and failing to repay a $22,600 debut.

Sonnen and Lee Gamble opened the Oregon pizza joint together last year. The suit claims Gamble never paid Sonnen back a $10,000 cash loan and he has defaulted on seven months of rent worth $12,600 for the West Linn home Sonnen owns and rents out to Gamble.

Chael P. is hoping to recover a total of $42,600 plus a 9 percent per year interest charge until the money is returned in full.

Dustin Rockstrom now manages Mean Streets Pizza, a position he took over from Gamble about a month ago.

My, how the tables have turned for Sonnen. In April 2011, the now-35-year-old was sentenced to two years probation and issued a $10,000 fine after pleading guilty to money laundering.

Sonnen was initially facing 20 years behind bars and a $500,000 fine for his involvement in the 2006 scam.

The courtroom won’t be the only place Sonnen will be doing battle in the coming months. He challenges reigning light heavyweight king Jon Jones for his crown at UFC 159.

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