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Leben: DUI Arrest ‘Not a Big Deal,’ Compares Self to Former President of United States

("My fellow Americans …" Props: MMA

Try not to look too shocked, y’all: Chris Leben went on Ariel Helwani’s "The MMA Hour" radio show yesterday and made a number of incredible statements about his October arrest on suspicion of drunk driving in Hawaii. And when we say “incredible,” we mean it in the most literal sense, as in, not credible. Among other things, Leben said he doesn’t believe his latest DUI arrest is “going to be a big deal,” that “nothing is going to happen with it” and – if you want to know the truth – he’s not 100 percent sure he’ll even be formally charged with DUI after the truth comes out at his upcoming February court date. Oh, and he also compared himself to the former president of the United States.

"George (W.) Bush got a DUI and he ended up being the president," Leben said. "I really feel as though nothing’s really going to happen with it, honestly. I don’t want to talk about it too much, and it’s still in the works. But I don’t think it’s going to be a big deal."

Obviously, Leben comparing himself to the leader of the free world – even a really, really bad one – is a bit of a stretch. Also, forgive us here at CagePotato Legal Services if we can’t take such an optimistic view of his upcoming court appearance. Let’s review some facts.

As we all know, Leben has already served time in Oregon for a previous DUI and subsequent probation violation. We gotta think the Hawaii court isn’t going to look favorably on a potential two-time DUI loser drinking and driving at 2 a.m. on a Tuesday morning in their state and then crashing his truck into a retaining wall on the freeway without a license or any kind of insurance. If you’re the prosecutor, this case seems to sort of make itself. On the bright side for the defense, Leben reports that he refused to take a Breathalyzer, so who knows how much actual evidence the state will have that the highly-publicized drunkard was legally drunk at that exact moment. Who knows, maybe he has a shot of getting this dismissed or just pleaded down. However, if he’s planning to go to court and offer up an explanation as lame as the one he gave Helwani yesterday, we do not like his chances.

Now, as you read Leben’s own extremely shaky account of events, we just want you to keep repeating the following words in your mind: 2 a.m. on a Tuesday … crashed on the freeway … 2 a.m. on a Tuesday …  crashed on the freeway …

"I’d bought a new truck, and I had never drove a truck before,” Leben said. “It had just rained. Apparently I stepped on the gas a little too hard so I kind of slid out and hit the embankment of the highway, and the cops were working right there, so they saw me …

"Somebody told me, you know, you’re not supposed to blow (into a Breathalyzer) if you get pulled over. I don’t know, I guess my lawyer says that’s not necessarily the case now, but I didn’t blow. I didn’t take the test, just because I know that in Hawaii (the legal blood-alcohol limit is) .05 (but) if there’s an accident, it’s not even .08, so it’s super-duper low. I definitely wasn’t hammered, but I was definitely in the wrong. I didn’t blow so, you know, who knows what’s going to happen now."

To us, Leben’s comments raise even more questions than we had about this incident before: First off, how did Leben even buy a new truck and drive it off the lot with no license and/or insurance? We have “friends” who’ve tried that and the shit don’t work. Second, who are these people he’s training with in Hawaii who allow recovering alcoholic and fairly well known UFC fighter Chris Leben to even come out drinking with them? And then let him get behind the wheel?

As for comparing yourself to George W. Bush? That’s just never a good idea, even when using him as an example of what’s possible for habitual substance abusers. Granted, now that we think about it there are some similarities: Both Bush and Leben love to party and both are fond of going on television and making outlandish statements: Leben about Anderson Silva and the competition in Japan; Bush about yellow cake uranium and weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

Leben admitted that he has "kind of messed up" by continually putting his already extremely unlikely UFC career in jeopardy with his own bad behavior. As it stands however, he will still appear as scheduled in the “co-main event” of UFC 125 against Brian Stann. Bush meanwhile says he has a “clear conscience,” even after telling lies to the American people to start a war and then using his own irresponsible policies to cause the largest economic crisis in 70-plus years, only to have much of the public inexplicably blame it on the next guy.


  1. exect4500 Says:

    Tue, 12/21/10 - 10:35

    Hurray social commentary in the final lines of an article!
  2. El Famous Burrito Says:

    Tue, 12/21/10 - 10:50

    Yep, all Bush. Not a single other person to blame in the entire government. He even put the gum under my shoes and caused my Arby's coupon to expire. Insidious bastard.
  3. Red Baron Says:

    Tue, 12/21/10 - 10:53

    Removing Cage Potato from my Favorites list. Leftist commie writers here are too eagar to go out of their way to offend 1/2 of their customers. Dumbasses.
  4. ben Says:

    Tue, 12/21/10 - 11:01

    @ Red BaronSnoopy's gonna get you one of these days, buddy.
  5. Cock_Chestnar Says:

    Tue, 12/21/10 - 11:01

    When the Cops took Leben to the drunk tank he promptly kicked his cell door down and proceeded to sleep it off on the front lawn in a sleeping bag...nothing new for him.
  6. Maine Blazer Says:

    Tue, 12/21/10 - 11:04

    c'mon CP, stick to what you know: quasi-insightful MMA commentary sprinkled with what some refer to as 'humor'
  7. Spicymeatball Says:

    Tue, 12/21/10 - 11:07

    We already know Bush is awful, beating a dead horse aren't we.
  8. LOKI Says:

    Tue, 12/21/10 - 11:07

    So....Chris Leban dosent care about blaque people either?
  9. DARKHORSE06 Says:

    Tue, 12/21/10 - 11:09

    Yeah, when did you homos get all Leftist? Leben comparing himself to Bush was joke enough, didn't need all your lame commentary and what not.
  10. CZ Says:

    Tue, 12/21/10 - 11:11

    Thought I'd be the only one, but I guess Ill jump in and suggest keeping your political views out of an MMA related article. This place is going down the shitter of late.
  11. GroundFighterMMA Says:

    Tue, 12/21/10 - 11:20

    BUSH WAS THE BEST PRESIDENT THE UNITED STATES HAS EVER HAD!!! *Sits back to watch the flame war* Ohhhh Ahhhhh!
  12. mackojr Says:

    Tue, 12/21/10 - 11:21

    No shit! Keep your politics out of MMA! Especially if you're a Liberal. Oh and you must be that one person who has never gotten behind the wheel when they maybe shouldn't have after having a couple drinks. I'm not saying it's ok to drink and drive. Just saying you don't know the dude and even if you did; who are you to judge him? See that's the problem with Lefties they have this holier than now attitude and love judging people for their mistakes and need to take a look in the mirror a little more often.
  13. mtnthc Says:

    Tue, 12/21/10 - 11:23

    As much as I like to see Leban fight, he is definitely not the sharpest tool in the shed. Good riddance to the Bushie nut huggers,...
  14. MyDonkeyPunch Says:

    Tue, 12/21/10 - 11:25

    He looks like a garbage pail kid in that photo. Ahhh memories...
  15. mikesioda Says:

    Tue, 12/21/10 - 11:25

    I thought that even Republicans were pretty much in agreement that Bush was a huge fuck-up. Bagging on Bush is generally just an all around crowd pleaser.
  16. just some dong Says:

    Tue, 12/21/10 - 11:26

    Speaking of politics, I vote that y'all lighten up. Jeez...
  17. SouthSideEssay Says:

    Tue, 12/21/10 - 11:29

    Typical butt hurt comment includes at least one or more of the following: Why you gotta put your opinion in a opinionated MMA news site? Never coming back here again (only to comment in the future). Stupid Leftist/Commie/Democrat/Liberal writers. This place just keeps getting worse and worse since the messiah left. Blah blah blah stupid horseshit butt hurt moaning. Alright now somebody do me.
  18. CZ Says:

    Tue, 12/21/10 - 11:32

    SouthSideEssay Says: Alright now somebody do me. and I thought the ending of THIS article was dumb.
  19. TheFeniX Says:

    Tue, 12/21/10 - 11:36

    Yea, because it's not like conservatives have been using MMA as a scapegoat for the past 10 years or anything. It's all the damned liberals ruinin' 'murica. And I can pass judgement on drunk drivers, especially when you look at the number of people they kill a year and the bullshit "it's no big deal" line they throw out.
  20. FaH Q NL15 Says:

    Tue, 12/21/10 - 11:37

    ya, who gives a fuck
  21. El Guapo Says:

    Tue, 12/21/10 - 11:39

    "Mission Accomplished!" Not the war in Iraq, that's still going strong(Saddam hid those WMD's well, apparently). No, the mission I was speaking of was Leben's mission to get on my favorite MMA fuck-ups list. Congrats, Crippler, you just cracked the Top 10. Tune in next week to see if War Machine maintains the #1 spot..
  22. LOKI Says:

    Tue, 12/21/10 - 11:44

    Does anyone else remember that his nick-name usta be Cat Smasher? Thats the awsomest name what theres ever been; why would anyone change that to Chris Benoit light?
  23. Kid Clam Curtains Says:

    Tue, 12/21/10 - 11:45

    "I'd bought a new truck, and I had never drove a truck before,” Was it a dump truck? A fire truck? Trucks these days drive exactly like cars...i guess unless you're drunker than 10 indians at 2am.
  24. ReX13 Says:

    Tue, 12/21/10 - 11:57

    Ok, Chad, now you're doing it on purpose just to stir up the readers. Plus one, sir.
  25. Fried Taco Says:

    Tue, 12/21/10 - 12:01

    Dang CP, you've done now pissed off Brock Lesnar, too. And the list keeps growing...
  26. SnallTrippin Says:

    Tue, 12/21/10 - 12:03

    Kid Clam, except that trucks have a different balance, aka- light in the back, ...anyway this article was entirely idiotic- I am not impressed.
  27. twoleftfeet Says:

    Tue, 12/21/10 - 12:11

    "keep your politics out of mma! especially if youre a liberal." "see that's what's wrong with lefties" and that is what is wrong with righties,thin skinned hypocrites. but seriously Co makes fun of everything, kind of like south park.
  28. jimbonics Says:

    Tue, 12/21/10 - 12:24

    lmao @ the butthurt masses. have fun on drudgereport.         For the record, Bush stole the election and was a complete fucking turd of a president. Ron Paul / Chris Leben 2012!
  29. PortlandMMA Says:

    Tue, 12/21/10 - 12:27

    "See that's the problem with Lefties they have this holier than now attitude and love judging people for their mistakes and need to take a look in the mirror a little more often" @ Mackojr I'm pretty sure you're describing the Christian-right.
  30. Perma Says:

    Tue, 12/21/10 - 12:50

    Potato your a idiot.... this site has went to crap, 1st time I logged in forever and likely the last. Stick to MMA you kinda know about half of it some of the time.
  31. ksgbobo Says:

    Tue, 12/21/10 - 12:54

    I'm just trying to figure out if that canuck wrote the article
  32. Kid Clam Curtains Says:

    Tue, 12/21/10 - 12:54

    @ Perma "Your a idiot...this site has went to crap" wins the ironic post of the day award.
  33. cecils_pupils Says:

    Tue, 12/21/10 - 01:16

    Well, at least he didn't blow...
  34. Smitty Says:

    Tue, 12/21/10 - 01:18

    @ Perma If this is your first time loggin on, how do you know they know about half of is some of the time. Dick weed!
  35. cecils_pupils Says:

    Tue, 12/21/10 - 01:19

    Oh and Chris Leben has a big fuckin' skull, perhaps even bigger than Tito's.
  36. nickyroose Says:

    Tue, 12/21/10 - 01:22

    @ Kid Clam -- true true. Long time listener long time, commentator. Who are you fucks? Not the regulars but the guys who probably registered just to say "Keep my feelings out of it!!" Go elsewhere.
  37. Videodrome_NOW Says:

    Tue, 12/21/10 - 01:36

    See CP, you should have listened to my Flaccid-Wang-Elitist-Video-Club suggestion, then we could listen to everyone's comments and guage them accordingly to their Tattoed Penises. @Mackojr. Obviously no judgement in your comment, genius. "Keep politics out of MMA." This isn't church. It's a fucking website that most of you stupid fucks were never invited to in the first place. You should have to pay to have a damn voice on this site because the only thing going downhill about it are the wastes of flesh that continually show up here and act like they fuckin own the place. @Jimbonics Ha. You are totally redeemed from a previous Tito comment grudge I was holding against you. Leben/Paul is great for alcoholics and weed smokers alike.
  38. Red Baron Says:

    Tue, 12/21/10 - 02:03

    I'm serious you guys, I'll leave!!! :-) Ok, temper tantrum over now. Seriously, this was a great site once - I guaran-damn-tee you there are at least 15 guys here who I told about CP, and then however many they brought here. It's lost it's zing and 90% of the reason, at least to me, is because the morons running the show now insist on bringing politics where it doesn't fit. I have to tip-toe around political crap every day in my business, the last thing I want to do is engage in a debate about Bush on a site where I come to get away from it all and talk about MMA. And whomever said CP yaks about boths sides is dead wrong. In the last month I've seen 10+ references to republicans and/or Bush (who has been out of politics for 2 years) and not a single negative comment about that moronic monkey Obama. Both sides my ass.
  39. jeffmcbusa Says:

    Tue, 12/21/10 - 02:15

    @cagepotato: Stick to MMA. You and the liberal media continue to spin your bullshit. The Brits, half the Arab countries and the country where the yellow cake was supposed to have been gotten all reported it was purchased in Africa. President Bush caused the financial meltdown? Even after he continually warned the Democratically controlled house and Senate that the Banks were out of control, that new regulations were needed to control the sub-prime loans, congress told him to butt out. That is historical fact. Fuckin liberals are such lying, whiny bitches!!!!! I enjoy some MMA related posts here but I just cringe every time one of you idiots open your mouth to spew your bullshit. Check your facts and try getting your politics from somewhere other than MSNBC, CNN or the Huffington Post! Oh but you are only an internet site so I guess I shouldn't expect more. FUUUUCCCCKKK! See ya!! I'm out
  40. RwilsonR Says:

    Tue, 12/21/10 - 02:19

    Honestly, I am never one to say this site is going down hill, or whatever. I thought Fowlkes was a little more manly looking than MRuss and handled criticism better, but oh fucking well. However, Rex can give Dundas props for trolling with politics, but I don't think this site should be about trolling to piss people off on a topic outside of MMA. Troll all you want about MMA, however. I know everyone will jump al over Red Baron, but he has a point about purposely alienating half of your audience.
  41. Jugger Says:

    Tue, 12/21/10 - 02:49

    MMA = Cornflakes Politics = Piss (regardless of which way you lean) Mixture of MMA and Politics = Ew. I think this website is still cool. But, I will chime in with Mr. Baron that it isn't what it used to be.
  42. twoleftfeet Says:

    Tue, 12/21/10 - 03:16

    Uhh, did I miss something here? The story is about leben comparing himself to bush. How are funny comments about bush off topic? Baron, I don't think you have to tip toe here. If you don't want to talk politics don't. Nobody said you have to defend george bush. If you want you can try to tie a Pelosi joke to one of the stories. I've read plenty of stuff people could take offense to here if they are so inclined, but for some reason nothing else generates this much whining.
  43. Red Baron Says:

    Tue, 12/21/10 - 03:42

    "for some reason nothing else generates this much whining." There's a pretty damn good reason not to do it right there. Unless of course, CP gets the goofy notion that gratuitously pissing of the people who pay their bills is somehow a good idea. Maybe crapping in your own nest is a cool thing to do in Canuckia, but down here in the lower 48 it's considered the domain of the incurably stupid. I don't want to "knock Pelosi" or defend Bush; I do that on The Blaze and other forums where political banter is expected. So, y'all can keep defending stupidity if you want, we're just trying to give you somer friendly advice on how not to ruin this place.
  44. BryanF Says:

    Tue, 12/21/10 - 04:56

    @Red Baron Didn't you say you were leaving? I mean, you do THIS every article.
  45. klpii Says:

    Tue, 12/21/10 - 05:00

    I've had enough with CP and its' douchebag liberal writers. I used to come here to read about MMA, but it seems they just can't help but throw a political opinion or two in there about 25% of the time. Little advice, CP: Leave your bullshit politics out of your articles, ditch the fanboy geeks you have writing your articles and get some real journalists. (Maybe a few who have actually participated in some sort of atheltic venture in their lives!). If you do that then maybe I'll consider coming back to your website. But this is an absolute joke and I know I'm not the only one who feels that way. Enjoy the loss of hits to your site, jerkoffs!
  46. Red Baron Says:

    Tue, 12/21/10 - 05:24

    Bryan, you may have missed my mea culpa. My sentiment stands, however. The posts above should be all the clues needed for the heretofor clueless CP staff, that their constant political crap is highly irritating to a lot of their viewers. If CP's business model is so rock solid that they can afford to alienate the very people who make this site financially viable by buying Corona Beer, and Nikon cameras, then my 31 years in business has taught me nothing. Which, is possible. On the other hand, maybe Cage Potato is owned by the bratty kid of some tycoon and, like Paris Hilton, he gets to act like a spoiled brat and have the usual rules of life not apply to him.
  47. cecils_pupils Says:

    Tue, 12/21/10 - 05:25

    The last time I heard this much whining I was in the nursery at the hospital.
  48. twoleftfeet Says:

    Tue, 12/21/10 - 05:33

    baron, I was trying to say that maybe you shouldn't be so sensitive about politics here. I've read racist, homophobic, and. religious intolerance on here. if these guys are as liberal as you fear they are that ship wouldn't fly.
  49. LOKI Says:

    Tue, 12/21/10 - 06:19

    ...I kinda hate Armenians.
  50. cecils_pupils Says:

    Tue, 12/21/10 - 06:36

    oh... and did I mention that Leben has a huge fuckin' skull?
  51. Ascerendant Says:

    Wed, 12/22/10 - 12:11

    I loved the political commentary in this. Keep it up CP. Don't let the stupid people win. It is beyond me by the way how anybody can defend idiocy as the one spewed by RedBaron. This site is not going "downhill" because it ties in political criticism or does not share someones political agenda. This site is GREAT if it doesn't give a shit and simply says what the authors believe should be said regardless of whether or not it may cost them a few readers. True journalism is about just that: tell your story, send your message, spread the truth and don't give a fuck about whose sensitivities may speak against it. Not pampering your audience is a good thing. You may say "Yeah, but I only want my MMA here, nothing else. These politics are none of their business!". But then go to one of the millions of other sites out there that will be nice and inoffensive and write only what they think will garner the love of the community. The attitude behind this article is exactly what makes CP great.
  52. Red Baron Says:

    Wed, 12/22/10 - 04:40

    Ascerendant, I suspect you say "is beyond me" so frequently, you probably have hotkeys assigned to it. I further suspect that the only reason you typed the above collection of rambling incohereance is because you too are a flaming libtard. Ok, now go ahead and say the obligatory "I voted for Reagan." I don't buy it. Are you so dense that you think what CP does here qualies as journalism? Get real. And if it did qualify, journalism and suicide aren't one and the same - journalism doesn't require the writer to shoot himself in the foot, and run off half his audience, in the quest toward "not giving a shit" what readers think. That's just plain stupid. Cage Potato would do well to listen to their readers. It would be one thing if 1 or 2 readers said they were annoyed with their political crap, but numerous of them have said to knock it off. Ignoring that isn't journalism, it's stupidity. Your advice is stupid. It's very likely you're stupid. Journalism is not immune to the laws of business. If CP writers are so enamored with their own snideness and the necessity of it, that creates a business vacuum that someone will fill. Someone will come along and build a site that is the way CP used to be, and then CP writers can continue to write to their 7 likeminded leftist readers and pretend they're upholding journalistic integrity.
  53. cwr Says:

    Wed, 12/22/10 - 06:00

    @Red Baron Quit your bitching, man. You are exposing yourself as a highly productive pearl factory. If you hate the commentary on this site as much as you claim, and if CP is really alienating you with their hidden leftist agenda, then just leave.
  54. Red Baron Says:

    Wed, 12/22/10 - 06:19

    CWR, "highly productive pearl factory?" Where'd you cut & paste that from? Since basic math is probably not your thing, scroll up to see that a very high percentage of posters are opposed to politics on an MMA site. I feel like I'm arguing that 2+2=4.
  55. cecils_pupils Says:

    Wed, 12/22/10 - 07:38

    ^^^then stop arguing and go take your nap little boy.
  56. Red Baron Says:

    Wed, 12/22/10 - 07:41

    Are you coming on to me again, Cecil? Not that there's anything wrong with that, but I've told you already that I don't swing that way.
  57. cecils_pupils Says:

    Wed, 12/22/10 - 09:31

    Dammit - I wanted to get the last word in... clearly that will not happen this time, amirite?
  58. Red Baron Says:

    Wed, 12/22/10 - 11:02

    I don't need the last word; you have me confused with someone else.
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