The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported on Wednesday that Ultimate Fighter alumnus Junie Browning has been arrested for assaulting medical personnel at a hospital in suburban Las Vegas.
Browning reportedly took 16 anti-anxiety pills in an “attempt to harm himself.” When friends took him to the hospital he became angry and assaulted three nurses. He has been charged with three counts of battery on a health care provider, which, I guess, is worse than battery on a regular person.
According to Yahoo! Sports, UFC President Dana White immediately terminated Junie’s contract with the UFC upon hearing the news. Since his time on The Ultimate Fighter, Junie had racked up a 1-1 record, most recently losing via submission to Cole Miller.
White tried to be something of a mentor to Junie. During his time on The Ultimate Fighter Junie consistently acted up, got drunk, and just generally caused havoc in the house. White had several opportunities to kick Junie off the show but for seemingly inexplicable reasons he was allowed to stay.
According to the statement below from Yahoo! Sports, it seems that White may have seen potential beneath a troubled surface and was simply trying to help:
“Obviously, I’m very disappointed,” White said. “I haven’t heard anything regarding Junie where he’s acted up or been bad in a long time. You could tell on the show he had issues. I saw (fighting) as an opportunity for the kid to turn his life around and make something of himself. Physically, he’s very gifted. He is good at everything: Standup, he has great ground, he has an unbelievably good chin.
“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.”
By all accounts, Junie had been doing well. He joined Xtreme Couture, seemed to be taking his training very seriously and for the most part was staying out of trouble. He told reporters several times that he quit drinking and cut out a lot of the harmful influences that pushed him down the wrong path in the past. It was beginning to look like Junie might have just been a victim of the stressful and bizarre environment of The Ultimate Fighter house, but this news sadly reveals that Browning really does have mental/emotional problems that require serious attention.
Let’s hope he gets it.