(“Absolutely 100 percent not guilty, your honor.” PicPros: FightMag.net)
Prepare to have everything you thought you knew about Badr Hari shaken to its very foundation: As it turns out, the K-1 kickboxing bad boy just maybe, possibly, allegedly did have a hand in a February assault that left a nightclub bouncer with a fractured eye socket, a broken nose, and the impending possibility of a metal plate in his head.
In the immediate wake of the incident outside an Amsterdam bar, Hari said through his attorney that he "’denied having anything to do with (it)’ and said that if the police did have any evidence, they should summon him." Well, consider that bluff summarily called this week as Amsterdam police did in fact summon Hari along with three other men for questioning regarding the assault. Only problem was, Hari himself was nowhere to be found and the latest report from Headkick Legend indicated that a midweek deadline for the fighter to turn himself in to authorities came and went without the 6-foot-5, 230-pounder showing his face.
The nightclub assault allegedly occurred after the doorman turned the men away from a party spot in the city’s Leidseplein district because their attire did not meet the establishment’s dress code. Reports indicate Hari himself was wearing a tracksuit, which may have caused the issue with the bouncer.
“Sometimes the pressures of being one of the best in the world is a bit much too (sic) handle,” Headkick Legend exclaims with the opening line of its latest piece, apparently seeking to explain that the stress and strain of Hari’s tepid fame and meager fortune eventually grew to be too much for him and he had to blow off some steam by beating the holy hell out of the guy working the door at the corner bar. Not because, you know, he’s just kind of an asshole.
It should be reiterated that Hari has not yet been charged with a crime and is, at this point, simply wanted for questioning. Certain facts of the case still need to be resolved. I mean, a European dude trying to go out clubbing in a tracksuit? I simply refuse to believe that.
Either way, this latest brush with the law is another blow in what is rapidly beginning to look like an unwinnable war for Hari’s public image. The K-1 organization came down hard on the former champ in 2008 after he was disqualified in the final match of the World Grand Prix for stomping on Remy Bonjasky’s head. The promotion has also tried to take other steps to improve Hari’s reputation, though he was again DQed last month when he kicked downed opponent Hesdy Gerges at an event in Amsterdam.