Affliction’s Todd Beard really knows how to screw up. First he goes on Scott Ferrall’s radio show to blast Randy Couture and publicly state his desire to see him get his ass kicked by Brock Lesnar. But that’s not enough to really alienate one of the biggest stars Affliction works with, so just for good measure he also threatens Couture’s wife, Kim, who then gets a restraining order against him. That’s called going above and beyond, working fuck-up overtime. And here we thought he was just an alcoholic.
TMZ has the scoop:
Randy and wife Kim claim Affliction Prez Todd Beard has been on a campaign of terror against them since they asked for an accounting of profits. A Las Vegas judge just issued a temporary restraining order, prohibiting Beard from going near Kim, and that includes going near the MGM Grand when Randy fights this Saturday. And Beard can’t go to the hotel during the weigh-in the day before either.
According to Kim Couture’s declaration, Beard has made “a series of threats and acts intended to intimidate me and otherwise coerce me to ‘back off.’”
She goes on: “My fear of Mr. Beard is well-founded given his extensive criminal history. Not only has he been convicted of numerous state and federal felonies relating to fraud …he has engaged in numerous acts of violence, including violence against women.”
Hold up, “extensive criminal history?” You mean, aside from making those overpriced t-shirts? Yes. As it turns out, Beard is a bit of a rounder. He’s even served time.
Apparently a private background check was part of Kim Couture’s restraining order suit, and MMA Payout says it disclosed some interesting facts about Beard’s checkered past:
The background check allegedly discovered Beard to be a five-time felon with prison and jail time served. Among the offenses Beard allegedly committed are forgery, fraud, domestic abuse, and DUI. The complaint also alleges that Beard appeared in a Los Angeles court room just last week on a charge of threatening another’s life.
Christ, Beard. Forgery? I mean, DUI, it happens. And domestic abuse, even James Brown got popped for that. And fraud, well who among us hasn’t perpetrated a felony case of fraud or two. But forgery, that’s no joke. How are we supposed to have a civilized and decent society with people running around forging shit? And also threatening people’s lives. That’s frowned upon, or so they tell me.
You can’t help but wonder how this circus might be affecting Couture’s concentration this week. One hopes he’s letting lawyers sort it out and focusing only on the task at hand, but could there be some part of him that scans the crowd for crazy old Todd Beard when he gets up on the scales on Friday, just to see if the bastard is violating the restraining order?
I know I would be. But then, I have so many restraining orders on so many different people, for offenses both real and imagined, it’s hard to keep track of them all.