01 Jan Mike Perry tweets then deletes ‘not guilty’ plea following fight in Texas restaurant
Mike Perry took to Twitter late Saturday night to respond to assault allegations after a video surfaced earlier this week showing the UFC welterweight in a fight in a restaurant in Lubbock, Texas.
According to a police report, Perry was involved in an altercation with at least three victims including an older gentleman, who was apparently knocked out unconscious by the fighter before being taken to a local hospital for treatment.
While Perry initially justified his actions when telling police “these people were putting their hands on me as I was trying to leave the building,” the victims painted a much different story where he allegedly struck several people. One of the victims claimed he saw Perry strike a woman, who was the girlfriend of another person involved in the incident.
Perry answered back with copies of the First and Second Amendments to the Constitution posted to his Twitter page along with a statement regarding the altercation.
“I’m not guilty so I won’t act guilty and not post like I normally would,” Perry wrote. “I won’t let y’all stop me from being me.
“So #1 no women got touched that night, #2 that’s not my girl in the video and #3 the 260lb grown man stuck his fingers in my eyes and mouth causing me to react.”
This deleted tweet from Mike Perry where he posted screenshots of the First and Second Amendment of the US Constitution to justify his role in the bar fight. pic.twitter.com/ClHos4qrfM
— Matthew Wells (@MrMWellsArt) July 12, 2020
The post from Perry only stayed up on Twitter for a matter of minutes before he deleted it.
After video of the incident first surfaced, the UFC released a statement condemning Perry’s behavior while announcing his intention to seek “professional treatment” including “substance and behavioral counseling.”
The UFC added that Perry won’t be booked for another fight until after they re-evaluate his situation “following the completion of his treatment program.”
While the statement also added that Perry apologized for his behavior and was disappointed in himself for those actions, it appears he’s contesting the events as they happened based on the police report.
Perry wasn’t arrested on the night in question and he currently only faces a misdemeanor charge that requires a court appearance and a maximum fine of $500. There’s no word yet on the treatment he will be seeking in the wake of this incident.