- Apr 30, 2017
Easy to plead down or get dismissed- if Jones did hit him earlier, then the MMA guy got cornered in the bathroom (looks that way based on body language) a defense attorney can argue the encounter was still ongoing. Also if MMA guy got sucker punched by Jones earlier so hard he got a bloody nose, then MMA guy can ask for Jones to be charged with battery (probably lots of witnesses). Can also argue that Jones was assaulting the MMA guy, a reasonable person would be become fearful if cornered by a D1 football player in the bathroom, especially if he punched MMA guy earlier (so now Jones could be facing assault and battery charges). Most importantly, you CAN punch first and still claim self defense. The guy who throws the punch has to reasonably believe he is about to be attacked. Clear enough to me that is the case since he Jones looked like the aggressor and his buddy shoved MMA guy when he wasn't looking. I don't think a prosecutor would waste time trying to secure a doubtful felony battery conviction.
The MMA guy will have to contend with a a lawsuit, but then Jones will have deal with not only getting smacked around like a little b!tch but acting like a b!tch afterwards and suing for getting his ass kicked in a fight he started. Good luck to him in the locker room if he wants to double down on being a b!tch.
He might just be lawyering up to sue the club for poor security or some such thing as it probably has deeper pockets and insurance. Still a b!tch move, but not as bad as suing the dude who put your lights out because your buddy f#cked up.
Can the MMA guy claim to be cornered if he is on the side facing the door? Would there be an expectation for the MMA guy to first try to leave the BR? Thanks for the great analysis.