By Zach Arnold | October 24, 2012
When Dana White made his public plea about trying to get Jeremy Stephens out of a Minnesota jail cell for extradition to Iowa, it was one of the more bizarre scenes in the history of White’s tenure with the UFC. He was fighting on behalf of a guy who was not even fighting on the main card of an FX show, a show that drew lousy ratings. He was also sticking up for a guy in Stephens who used the n-word when trash talking Floyd Mayweather on Twitter in the past.
Judge Moisan in Polk County, Iowa signed off on an Order of Protection on October 12th against Jeremy Stephens, ordering him to stay away from Shane & Jennifer Schreck on the following grounds:
On the basis of the complaint or affidavit(s) submitted to the court at the time of the defendant’s appearance, the court finds there is probable cause that the Defendant committed the offense of WILLFUL INJURY (SHANE SCHRECK0; ASSAULT CAUSING BODILY INJURY (JENNIFER SCHRECK) and believes that the presence of the defendant in the alleged victim’s residence poses a threat to the safety of the alleged victim, persons residing with the alleged victim, or members of the alleged victim’s immediate family.
The State of Iowa also went after Stephens for an increase in his bond. Read carefully and you will see why they were playing hardball with Dana:
1. The defendant was charged by complaint with Willful Injury and Serious Assault on October 20, 2011. Bond was set at $20,000 cash and $1,000 cash, respectively, pending the service of the arrest warrant.
2. The Des Moines Police Department has been notified that the defendant has been arrested on the warrant in the above-captioned case in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
3. The defendant is a professional mixed martial artist who travels the country to participate in mixed martial arts competitions.
4. The undersigned was contacted by attorney Matt Boles several months ago about the above-captioned case, which would indicate that the defendant is aware of the warrant. The defendant has not turned himself in on these charges prior to being arrested in Minneapolis.
5. Considering the nature of the charges, the defendant’s inclinations towards travel, and the length of time since the underlying incident occurred, the State requests that the bond be increased to protect the public and to insure the defendant’s presence at future court hearings.
So, now we know why Dana and company went silent about Stephens’ predicament a few days after making a fool out of himself at the FX show in Minneapolis.