UFC fighter Jeremy Stephens has been released from jail after serving 12 days in Minnesota and Iowa facilities.
Stephens was arrested the day he was scheduled to face Yves Edwards in Minneapolis. A warrant out of for his arrest in Iowa allowed officers to take him under their control because it included neighboring states.
UFC president Dana White worked throughout the day to try and get Stephens released, but was denied. “Lil Heathen” was charged with willful injury and assault causing bodily injury.
Below is the complete statement issued by his management team:
Des Moines, Iowa, October 17, 2012- Today, at 3:30pm, Jeremy was released from custody from the Polk County Jail. As you know, Jeremy has spent the last twelve days incarcerated, both in Iowa and Minnesota, missing his October 5 UFC fight against Yves Edwards, as well as many lucrative financial opportunities associated with that bout.
While Jeremy’s employer (UFC), his family, friends, and loyal fans have stood behind him, certainly the recent events have garnered some negative media attention.
Jeremy felt it was very important to thank each and every one of those who have stood by his side during this tough time. He wanted everyone to know that despite the negative situation that he’s been placed in, he has remained upbeat and positive, reflecting on the opportunities that have been and will be presented to him, reflecting on his family, and his firm believe in his innocence.
Jeremy’s legal team is already hard at work to prove what many already know; he is not guilty of the crimes he’s been accused of.
We ask that everyone respect Jeremy’s privacy throughout this case. Although we are not at liberty to discuss specific details including, but not limit to his pending case, questions can be directed to [email protected]
Of course, as Jeremy resumes training in the upcoming weeks, he will continue to communicate and interact with his fans and supporters through his personal web site, as well as Facebook and Twitter.