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Videos: Junie Browning Apologizes for Freak-Out, Shawn Tompkins Discusses Xtreme Couture Departure

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In his first public statement since being arrested for multiple assaults following an alleged suicide attempt, Junie Browning apologized for whatever went down that night, but suggested, of course, that people don’t know the full story. "Stuff gets a little more complicated than it seems to be when you read it on paper. I have a lot of problems and I’m working on them. That’s just about all I can really say…I’m truly sorry for what happened, and if I could take it back I definitely would." Browning thanked the fans for their support and the UFC for the opportunity he was given, and promised he’ll make it up to everybody one day. Get well soon, Lunatic.

As for Browning’s mentor Shawn Tompkins — who drove Junie to the hospital during his Klonopin bender — the highly respected striking coach is going through some life changes of his own…

Yes, NateGetsIrate, Tompkins has left his longtime home-base at Xtreme Couture. (There, happy now?) He explained that the separation with XC happened "on good terms." However:

The gym, the direction it’s going and the direction I want to go are two different things. A few years back I set up some goals for myself, and I’m just at a point right now where I want to follow through with some of those goals. One of those is to really bring back the Team Tompkins brand, and try and put together a bit of a legacy for myself…A lot of the fighters that I’ve been training over the years and helping guide their careers are going to be coming with me. And it’s not a personal thing…it’s just a matter of some fighters are good with some coaches, and some coaches are good with some fighters."

For now, Tompkins will be working out of the Tapout Training Center, which he praised for its top-notch facilities and "family-oriented" vibe. Tompkins also re-stated his support for Junie Browning: "He really is a great person and that wasn’t Junie Browning. Sometimes when you’re involved in things like, even if it’s prescription drugs, the drugs are bigger than the person…I will stand behind him because he’s a human being and it’s more than just teaching people how to kick and punch. I take my job personal, and I feel that he’s my responsibility."

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KarmaAteMyCat- October 15, 2009 at 4:44 am
Oh yeah and most you are fucking retarded. Sorry for the delay on that one.
KarmaAteMyCat- October 15, 2009 at 4:33 am
Most ridiculous and pointless article to ever exist. K thx.
GetUpAndKill- October 14, 2009 at 12:52 pm
Douchey McDoucherton- October 14, 2009 at 10:49 am
from the sounds of it "Shunie" needs to get a room.
NateGetsIrate- October 14, 2009 at 10:26 am
Thank you Ben! Great story. I mean, woulda been a great story yesterday too, you know, with all the down time i was suffering thru, but uh... yeah. Thanks again.
Rejo- October 14, 2009 at 10:16 am
I agree with you Smitty; still that was pretty funny. Unless it is true.
LockDown- October 14, 2009 at 9:52 am
Thompkins has a very suspicious personality. The guy defends with nail and teeth a marginal like Browning, then gets booted from Xtreme Couture. He also said he wouldn't train with Wanderlei Silva anymore because he could arrive his training in time.
Also, the guy is 0-4!

Just saying.
provrorsbarn- October 14, 2009 at 9:43 am
you cant fix stupid
Smitty- October 14, 2009 at 9:07 am
GetUpAndKill- October 14, 2009 at 9:04 am
Pssssttt....I read this "news" on this other site that is really awesome like 2 days ago....and Cage Potato doesn't even have the facts straight....

Let me give you the low down from what they call the "underground":

Look at the simularities between Junie and Shawn...both have the metro albino doo job and both look like they recently had a bender with the crystal meth, klonopin...something like that. Shawn is obviously Junie's father figure by taking in the troubled, prodigal son by his "side" and finds his physical similarities arousing...obviously. Oh ya, Shawn has the frosted tips and they say those guys are always the pitcher...anyway the story continues...

Here's where the creepiness creeps in..."Shunie" (as they are now known) broke the sacred bond between master and student, father and son (insert Catholic Church reference here) and they began feeding each other "holy bread".

Then one day manly man cock block Randy Couture rolls into the gym (fresh from a hetero morning fluff from Crush) and finds "Shunie" in a prolonged "experimental" Crucifix / North-South position. Randy goes apeshit. The rest is history, Junie says seeya to the cruel cruel world and Shawn jumps camp where he can continue his special training of "special" students.

Consider yourself properly informed...amatuers.
for the love of mma- October 14, 2009 at 8:49 am
brock lesner's appology about ufc 100 was more sincer than junie's!!!
Old_Bald_and_Irish- October 14, 2009 at 8:13 am
@ Mike Milbury

Ditto, man.

I had a boss that was bi. He would get all close to me and rub my shoulders and ask me out to dinner. Then the two-timing tramp would cozy up with everything in the office that wore a skirt.


....he broke my heart.

Oh, wait!!

Uhhh...yeah, he was that too.
Pff I would destroy him- October 14, 2009 at 8:03 am
There's the excuse I was looking for from Junie.
"I'm not right in the head, sorry"
HeHateMe- October 14, 2009 at 7:58 am
Sweet. Tapout R&D is a great place for myself and my son. I've heard rumors about Extreme Couture and that it's a place for fighters only. At Tapout, I see kids running around all the time and not being disrespected by any of the fighters in there. Kevin Randleman is great with the kids and I see him all the time talking to them and giving them tips and helping them. On top of that, Tapout isn't pushing for their style of fighting.
Numa- October 14, 2009 at 7:53 am
Junie shoulda have never gotten another chance to begin with. He was trouble from the beginning. They only kept him because he was good for ratings. Then they hoped he would turn around and they could claim they helped him become a better person. He is still an idiot.

Tompkins needs to stop swinging off Junie's nuts too. I vote we call him Shawn 'Swinging Nuts' Tompkins from now on.
Mike Milbury- October 14, 2009 at 7:49 am
@Pff I would des...: Not defending Junie, but he's bi-polar. That's the problem. Have you ever met one? They go from normal and calm to nuts in an instant.
MyFightWiffaCheeto- October 14, 2009 at 7:49 am

See man, Patience is a virtue. LOL
Pff I would destroy him- October 14, 2009 at 7:47 am
Pff, Junie blaming his actions on "problems". I want excuses! I want to know what that male "nurse" did to deserve a slap. I mean, if you pissed off Junie Browning, YOU are doing something wrong.
Mike Milbury- October 14, 2009 at 7:39 am
Strange. I don't remember Tompkins being such a stand-up guy when he threw Bonnar out of Xtreme Couture and fucked up Bonnar's training for Coleman.

Isn't Bonnar still at the Tapout gym? He should give Shawn a good shot to the mouth and remove his limp body from the training center.
Seoul Brother- October 14, 2009 at 7:29 am
Junie Browning is a little dried up dingelberry of a person. He's a fucking embarrassment to MMA. "I have a lot of problems, and I'm working through them." Whoopee-fucking-doo for Junie! What the Hell does that little jailhouse bitch want - a fucking medal for apologizing? Guess what Junie, EVERYBODY has fucking problems they're working through. Deal with it, you short bus-riding cunt. Not a lot of people act like the silly little bitch Browning is, and not everybody shits away a golden opportunity like he had.
Pestilence- October 14, 2009 at 7:29 am
I pretty much stopped watching the "apology" about 30 seconds in. That stuff was so routine from TUF that the only people who would believe would be......the people who didn't watch it I guess.
Randle McMurphy- October 14, 2009 at 7:16 am
Junie has control of the Las Vegas supply of peroxide and has threatend to withold it from Thompkins if he doesn't toe the "Junie is a great guy" line.
Jugger- October 14, 2009 at 6:39 am
Here's my guess: Xtreme Couture doesn't want Shawn's drama swarming around there all the time. While you can't fault Thompkins for wanting to be a striking coach AND a life coach, you can certainly ask him to take his three ring circus to another gym.
Fedor vs. Bas- October 14, 2009 at 6:33 am
I'd stay as far away from Junie as possible.

As Hunter S. Thompson said, "You can turn back on a person, but you can never turn your back on a drug, especially when it's waving a razor sharp hunting knife in your eye."