(Photo courtesy of daniel-gillet.com.)
Despite damning visual evidence, Jeff Monson pled not guilty yesterday to a felony vandalism charge that arose from his spray-painting an anarchy symbol, a peace sign, and the phrases “No war” and “No poverty” on Washington State’s Capital building in November. Monson was forced to surrender his passport due to concerns that he might be a flight risk, but expects to get it back during a hearing set for tomorrow. If he doesn’t, his next two fights will be in jeopardy; Sherdog says that Monson is scheduled to fight Ibragim Magomedov in Russia next month and Roger Gracie in Japan in March.
Of course, those fights may have to be canceled anyway. A conviction on the spray-paint pinch would put Monson in jail for at least 60 days — and his recent assault/property damage arrest could open an entirely new can of punitive worms. But according to the Snowman, you shouldn’t believe everything you read on the Internet:
"There was no physical contact made with [girlfriend Stephanie Trapani]…I haven’t been in a fight since third grade, other than what my job entails. Some property on both sides was destroyed. She’s facing felony charges for identity theft, for fraudulent use of a credit card, for destroying my [old] passport, and larceny.”
Still, the five days spent cooling in a North Carolina jail waiting to be extradited to Washington forced Monson — who has been married for 16 years and has two children in Olympia — to reflect on how he got there:
“Some things with my relationships — with my wife and my loved ones — have suffered because of my choices. Having no one to talk to and no one to turn to and nowhere to run, you start to think about your life and some decisions you made. For the first time in years, I made a commitment to my wife Jen to be the husband and father I need to be. That’s the good thing that came out of this.”