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Junie Browning Arrested for Assault, Fired From the UFC After Hospital Freak-Out

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Anybody who watched the eighth season of The Ultimate Fighter could tell you that Junie Allen Browning is as crazy as a peach-orchard boar. But after moving to Las Vegas to train full-time, it seemed like "The Lunatic" was slowly going sane. Well, not so much. According to the Las Vegas Review Journal (via CageWriter), Browning was rushed to St. Rose Dominican Hospital on Tuesday night after taking 16 Klonopin pills in an apparent suicide attempt. It was just the beginning of Junie’s troubles:

After being taken to a room at the hospital, the Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter tried to leave and became angry, pushing a female nurse, punching a male nurse and kicking another male nurse, the report states.
"Do you know who I am? I will kill you and rape your family," police said he yelled to nurses.
Browning faces three counts of battery on a health care provider, according to his arrest report. He was booked at the Henderson Detention Center, where he was released [yesterday].

As soon as the news got back to Dana White, Browning’s UFC contract was shredded. Said White to Yahoo! Sports:

“Obviously, I’m very disappointed. 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…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.”

Browning’s trainer Shawn Tompkins, who was cool enough to drive Junie to the hospital, filled in a few more details on Sherdog:

[Tompkins] found the fighter in his apartment conscious but incoherent Tuesday night after Browning’s ex-girlfriend had called the coach and asked him to check on the fighter…Browning told him he’d taken 16-20 pills of the drug prescribed by his psychiatrist and was attempting to overdose. Tompkins added that Browning suffers from bipolar disorder and regular bouts of depression stemming from a dysfunctional upbringing. Though actively training at the gym, Tompkins said Browning had exhibited recent bouts of duress.
Tompkins drove Browning to the hospital and observed the fighter’s behavior alter from “sleepy” to “frantic and agitated” as they sat in the waiting and triage areas. Tompkins escorted Browning into the examination room and said Browning became upset when he was told that he’d have to ingest a charcoal pill and stay overnight in the facility.
Tompkins said he exited and saw four or five security guards rush into the room a few seconds later. Tompkins did not see Browning’s alleged verbal and physical assaults against the medical staff. “All I can say is that it wasn’t Junie Browning who made that statement,” said Tompkins. “It was the drugs.”
Tompkins said Browning…would be staying with the trainer and his wife for the next few days. Tompkins said he would continue to work with the fighter, but he was unsure how Browning’s arrest might affect his standing with the Xtreme Couture team. “He truly is a great kid and a great person,” said Tompkins. “I have no regrets in taking him under my wing. Rather than attack him, I hope people will show some compassion.”

Tompkins seems like a truly kindhearted person, but maybe Junie should spend the next few days under the care of mental health professionals, not within glass-throwing distance of your wife. And compassion? On this Internet? Check out the edit some joker made to his wikipedia page last night…

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Newetuah- July 25, 2011 at 6:44 pm
I am just watching that season 8 of ultimate fighter again. The incidents played out over a 2 or 3 month period, it wasn't like every day. They supposedly stock alcohol to partly see how the fighters handle themselves, though Junie wasn't even drunk on the second glass throwing. But they really do it for the action. They still do it. I have known people, that are just mean, they feel to want to hurt people, but Junie Browning isn't. There are internal issues, which a life in the public eye, doesn't help, because people don't know how to help.
Dagnut- October 10, 2009 at 1:02 pm
I love saying I told you so, I don't even know where that phrase " I hate to say I told you so" originated? Everyone delights in saying it if their honest..yet blatantly lies before informing people of how right I'm staring a new phrase.
Seoul Brother- October 8, 2009 at 7:02 pm
And in this corner, Junie "Rooty Tooty Fresh 'n' Fruity" Browning!
agentsmith- October 8, 2009 at 12:08 pm
Junie Browning is a minor-leaguer, and everyone knows it. This was just the excuse Dana needed to can him, especially since he lost his last fight.
CAP10- October 8, 2009 at 10:07 am
I don't understand why they have that picture of Cyborg attached to this article about Junie Browning.
Daddy_jeffy- October 8, 2009 at 9:30 am
I think Junie should sue the UFC organization under the American's with Disabilities Act. If he can only keep from heaving a glass at the judge.
LastEmperor- October 8, 2009 at 9:30 am
You know, it's a little odd that Rampage is still with the UFC... He did a lot worse than Junie did, and arguable has less severe mental issues. I guess holding a title once means you get help from the law and another coaching spot on TUF.

Being a depressed redneck and throwing a fit in a ER after trying to overdose? Fired.
NateGetsIrate- October 8, 2009 at 9:23 am
I bet this was a result of Efrain knocking out Cole Miller.
GetUpAndKill- October 8, 2009 at 8:56 am
Junie didn't try to overdose, he just thought he was killing and raping the klonopin pills.
Clyde- October 8, 2009 at 8:50 am
I think Hobbs will be played by one of the tigers srom Sigfried and Roy. Did they put down the one that mauled Roy? If not, I think he'd be great for the role.
for the love of mma- October 8, 2009 at 8:40 am
im suprized it took this long to happen!!!!
dabix- October 8, 2009 at 8:33 am
"Henderson Detention Center" is this place where they lobotomize you with a nasty overhand right...

I heard that a common consequence of this treatment is to humble you.
Jeffro- October 8, 2009 at 8:29 am
I didn't know there were coming out with a Calvin and Hobbs movie. That shit will be golden. If Junie is Calvin, who will they cast for the prestegious roll of Hobbs?
El Famous Burrito- October 8, 2009 at 8:10 am
You'll have plenty of time for Klonopin and threatening nurses when you're living IN A VAN, DOWN BY THE RIVER!
Nippletwist- October 8, 2009 at 7:50 am
"some joker" = Ben Fowlkes
Viva Hate- October 8, 2009 at 7:44 am
Hey CP how about a NSFW, my co workers walked by with Junies junk on my screen, hope i don't lose my job because of Junie Brownings gay panties
Ascerendant- October 8, 2009 at 7:44 am
Don't hate on Dana. He supplied Junie with people to beat the living shit out of him. And after TUF no one can argue that wasn't what he needed the most!

Astounding: Shawn Tompkins calling Junie "a great person". How fucked up is HIS social-circle?
omunto- October 8, 2009 at 7:42 am
"Then he can half-coach a season of TUF before moving up and accepting the lead in the live-action Calvin and Hobbes movie"

agentsmith- October 8, 2009 at 7:41 am
Tompkins sure is a swell guy for saying Browning could stay at his house... I wouldn't want a psycho like that to even know where my house is. Cause you just know one night you're going to wake up to him drunkenly pounding on your door, alternately yelling and crying, and molesting your dog.
danomite- October 8, 2009 at 7:37 am
you guys are missing the bigger picture here. Junie Browning has got his hands on talking drugs! I didn't even know such a thing existed. Someone needs to tell him about the potential goldmine he is sitting on... i mean swallowing.
Squirrelnuts- October 8, 2009 at 7:33 am
"It wasn't Junie Browning who made that statement, it was the drugs"

oh spare me. He knowingly took what he took so he's responsible for his actions.

"Sorry officer! I didn't drive over that kid, it was the alcohol!"

Fuck outta here.
rpn452- October 8, 2009 at 7:25 am
I'm surprised Tompkins left him alone. "Shawn Tompkins Beats Down Raging Junie Browning in Hospital" would have made for a better story, but probably not as good of a Wikipedia edit. Of course, judging by Junie's interactions with Soszynski he would likely be pretty obedient around Shawn.
Goog- October 8, 2009 at 7:24 am
He's gonna scoot to England and train in Wolf's Lair, avoid all the charges, and come back for a half million dollars in his next fight. Then he can half-coach a season of TUF before moving up and accepting the lead in the live-action Calvin and Hobbes movie.
Wyatt- October 8, 2009 at 7:10 am
Well, the boys in prison will sure like the little outfit he has on in the top picture.
K.E.G.- October 8, 2009 at 7:02 am
He sucked anyway, the only guy he could beat was Dave Kaplan. And he's boys with Mir so you know he sucks.