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Jeff Monson Faces 10 Years for “First-Degree Malicious Mischief”

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(Photo courtesy of ESPN The Magazine via Fightlinker.)

According to The Olympian, a warrant has been filed in Olympia, Washington, for the arrest of UFC vet Jeff Monson, after pictures of him spray-painting an anarchy symbol on the state Capitol were published in ESPN The Magazine. Monson is being charged with first-degree malicious mischief, a Class B felony with a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine; $19,000 was reportedly spent on cleaning up the graffiti, so they’d just be breaking even here. Says The Olympian:

[An] Olympia police detective recognized Monson as the source of the graffiti on surveillance footage captured by a camera at the Capitol, but the break in the case occurred after ESPN The Magazine published an article on Monson and his political views Dec. 29. A photograph of Monson leaving graffiti on the Capitol was included with the article, court papers state.

Sounds like an open-and-shut case — way to blow up our comrade’s spot, ESPN — but Monson hasn’t yet turned himself in. He plans to contact State Patrol, but he’s currently out of state and is "not sure what he’s going to do." Monson admitted the vandalism to The Olympian, and told them it was intended to protest the war in Iraq and economic inequality at home and abroad:

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Kimbo Slice Can Take Full Credit for Showtime’s Success

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(Kimbo posing with Tappy McTapsalot.)

Alright, so that may be a bit of a stretch. But Variety reports that Showtime subscriptions jumped 11% in the fourth quarter of 2007; parent company CBS Corp.’s profit fell 19% in the same period. We’d imagine that many of those new subscribers were people who signed up just to see Kimbo Slice destroy Bo Cantrell at EliteXC: Renegade. It sure as hell wasn’t for The Tudors.

In other dollar-related news…

“Strikeforce at the Dome” took in more money than any other combat-sport event ever held in Washington state. 7,089 disappointed fans packed the Tacoma Dome and gave up $300,000 of their money, which they immediately regretted.

— Rich Franklin has put the Hummer H2 he was given for being a coach on the second season of The Ultimate Fighter up for auction on eBay. The starting bid is 80 grand, and you can “Buy It Now” for $125,000. The auction ends on March 2nd, and 10% of the proceeds will go to the Keep it in the Ring Foundation, which channels youthful aggression through after-school sports and martial arts programs. We hope Franklin is more successful at this eBay thing than Ricco Rodriguez, who eventually settled for $250, a dozen Krispy Kremes, and a pack of smokes.

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