According to The Olympian, a warrant has been filed in Olympia, Washington, for the arrest of UFC vet Jeff Monson, after pictures of him spray-painting an anarchy symbol on the state Capitol were published in ESPN The Magazine. Monson is being charged with first-degree malicious mischief, a Class B felony with a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine; $19,000 was reportedly spent on cleaning up the graffiti, so they’d just be breaking even here. Says The Olympian:
Sounds like an open-and-shut case — way to blow up our comrade’s spot, ESPN — but Monson hasn’t yet turned himself in. He plans to contact State Patrol, but he’s currently out of state and is "not sure what he’s going to do." Monson admitted the vandalism to The Olympian, and told them it was intended to protest the war in Iraq and economic inequality at home and abroad:
I think 50 years from now, we’ll be telling our grandchildren about the days of struggle, when white men weren’t allowed to spray-paint anarchy symbols on government buildings — that is, until one brave man rose up…
Monson, who compiled a 4-3 Octagon record over two stints in the UFC and challenged Tim Sylvia for the heavyweight title, went 3-1 last year in four separate MMA leagues, with wins over Mark Kerr, Jimmy Ambriz, and Ricco Rodriguez, and a loss to Josh Barnett at Sengoku 2 in May.