(Subtract the fire extinguisher and a pair of trousers and this is basically what happened.)
No one really knew what to say when news broke that Jason “Mayhem” Miller was arrested in an Orange County church after breaking in, stripping down, destroying the place, and showering the remains in fire extinguisher retardant. They may make pamphlets to tell us if our little Johnny is high, but they sure as shit don’t make them for that situation, and our apathy/confusion toward the news reflected this. Miller had found his way to the blotter before, but this arrest was simply too bizarre to take in all at once. If Rampage Jackson was an episode of World’s Wildest Police Chases, Mayhem was an entire season of Reno 911. Specifically, the episodes featuring Terry.
There was also the fact that we were still digesting the bowlful of crazy that Miller had spewed at Dana White just days before, which truly raised some eyebrows in regards to Miller’s general well being. He had made his history of mental issues public knowledge before, and many of us assumed that it was likely these problems rearing their ugly heads once again when he was arrested. But according to Miller, who released a statement today to address our concerns following his release last week, declared that “everything is fine.” Granted, he also said the same thing to DW just days before his arrest, so take this with a grain of salt. Miller released the following via his Facebook and Twitter:
Facebook: I know you all are probably very confused about me right now, and concerned for my well being. I thank you for that, and please unnastand (sic) that everything is fine, and will probably make a lot more sense as time passes. Love you all.
He took to Twitter shortly after making these remarks:
Twitter: (It was) not a cry for attention, personal glory, or monetary gain. I did that in my time fighting for the UFC and have come to see I was wrong.
I am safe, with people that love me, and hope that you will join me. If I ever hurt anyone, I am sorry.
Although Miller didn’t discuss what led him to do what he did, it’s good to know that Miller is at least surrounding himself with the right people to help him pull through whatever state he is currently in. Mental disease is no joke, unless you’re faking it to win the Special Olympics of course, in which case it is hilarious.
We will have more on this story as the information is made available. In the mean time, send Mayhem your best over his Twitter or Facebook. If you don’t have either of those things, I don’t know, send him a letter maybe?