2009 has not been a good year for Jeff Monson to say the least.
The outspoken anarchist had a warrant issued after pictures circulated of him spray-painting the Washington State Capitol. Monson "tagged" the building with an anarchy symbol, a peace symbol and the words "no poverty" and "no war." He has been charged with first degree malicious mischief.
But that is not all of the trouble Monson has gotten into this year. This past Wednesday he was arrested after a domestic dispute turned violent. Monson's girlfriend, Stephanie Trapani, called police after he "bashed holes into the walls." Also, Monson apparently got violent with her. He has been charged with assault to a female and damage of property.
Trapani was also arrested for damage to Monson's property, after she found out that he had a romantic relationship with another women, she broke his phone. She has since posted bail.
According to police, Monson's bail was set at $22,000, but he might be detained longer until the first charges have been sorted out by Washington officials.
Monson is known for his strong political views, but has he crossed the line with the spray-paint incident? The maximum punishment is 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. I don't think so. I think it's great that he stands up for his beliefs. That being said, I wish he would stand up for the fight against violence towards women.
It's a shame that someone who holds his political views so highly, doesn't have any other views that are worth upholding. Domestic violence is one of the lowest forms of violence I can think of. Not only does it give Monson a bad name and hurt his career, it looks very badly on an already controversial sport. The last thing MMA needs is idiots running around and beating on their girlfriends.
Monson, if you need to let out some aggression please do it in the octagon or pick up a can of spray-paint.
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