(War Machine getting ready for the Miss Jail Rat 2010 pageant.)
We were disappointed, though not totally surprised today when we visited War Machine’s Twitter page and found that the beleaguered fighter’s prison blogs had been removed.
We figured it was only a matter of time before prison or court officials got wind of War’s documented exploits behind bars that included drinking prison moonshine and finding a fellow inmate’s fishing line used to share contraband with other cons in his cell block.
Apparently we were right on the money with our estimate that he wouldn’t get through three weeks without getting in trouble and that his big house blogs would be his undoing.
Well, it was fun while it lasted.
According to KGTV’s 10News.com during a sentencing hearing on Thursday in San Diego federal court, the fighter once known as Jon Koppenhaver pissed off the presiding judge so much that he tore up a proposed plea agreement that would have seen Machine sentenced to a year in county jail and three years probation for allegedly punching a security guard outside a club during a brawl and assaulting a female bartender at another club by sweeping bottles off the bar at her.
Before tearing up the all but signed, sealed and delivered plea deal, the judge warned the former UFC welterweight what would happen if he screwed up again and threw a punch or kick outside of the cage or ring.
"Do it again, and you won’t be able to fight your way out of a state prison sentence," the judge said, adding that he would likely be sent away for five years if he saw the inside of a courtroom for similar reasons in the future.
If you recall, Machine was dropped by the UFC after he posted a message on his MySpace page about his theory that Evan Tanner, who had passed away during a survivalist camping excursion had actually committed suicide.
Now it seems that his blogging addiction is partially to blame for his latest legal debacle.
According to the KGTV report the judge based part of his decision to reject the plea bargain on a number of flippant tweets Machine made about his prison experience that were logged by prosecutors including one about him wanting to smuggle "a few hundred Ambien in (to jail) to sleep the year away!"
You’d think he would learn from the problems that his itchy blogging finger has caused him in the past.
It could be argued that the evidence is circumstantial as it wasn’t War Machine who posted the messages. According to a tweet he made before going into the big house, he was relaying the blog content via telephone conversation to a friend who was posting it to his account.
Regardless of his Twitter defense, he may have already made his bed as the judge said that he was also upset with Machine’s attitude in court on Thursday.
In a nutshell, had he simply agreed to the sentence and probationary terms of the plea agreement and just quietly served his year in county jail, War Machine would have not received any further punishment. Since he remarked that he hadn’t had a chance to read the plea, thus wasting another day in court, the judge has decided he to send the matter back to trial on August 24, which could mean War could be sent to state prison for longer than one year and could have up to five years of restrictive probation when he gets out.
Hopefully for his sake, prison officials don’t receive an order to tear apart the cells to find the hooch makers or fishing line holders or else he may be on the receiving end of
an arranged prison marriage some prison justice.