Seattle fighter/Superhero fired from day job

by Jonah Spangenthal-Lee | source: publicola.com
 

Undefeated amateur MMA fighter Ben 'Flattop' Fodor, brother of Strikeforce Caros Fodor, has an unusual side job - superhero. After training, Jones  ducks into a comic store in civilian clothing, goes into a secret back room, and emerges as ‘Phoenix Jones.’ Clad in a bulletproof vest, stab plates and armed with a Taser night stick and Mace, this Seattle superhero prowls the night in search of villains to call the police on.

Unfortunately, early last month he was arrested by city police after allegedly pepper spraying a group of men and women involved in a murky commotion. Now the arrest has led to termination by his employers.

Jones explained that he has worked with five developmentally disabled autistic children—who ranged in age from four to 18 years old—for the last five years at their homes and state care facilities, going shopping with them, teaching them to balance checkbooks, and going for walks.

Last week, Jones received a letter from the state Department of Social and Health Services, informing him he is no longer allowed to work with kids.

“I had to leave work in the middle of the day,” Jones says. “It was embarrassing.

Jones says that because of his arrest, he’s on “a list” that prohibits him from working with children, because he has “a history of interjecting myself into situations that are dangerous.”

Jones disputes that characterization. “I would say I have a history of fighting crime,” he says. “The whole point of what I do is to keep people safe.”

Jones isn’t sure how he’ll pay the bills now. He says he’s received offers for fight bouts from the Strikeforce mixed martial arts organization, and plans to start fighting crime in the daytime, in addition to his night patrols around Seattle. Other than that, he says, “I really don’t know."

Prosecutors have not filed charges for the incident, and a spokeswoman for the city attorney’s office says the case is still being investigated.

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clattymine site profile image  

11/4/11 4:43 PM by clattymine

 Freakin' morans!

EatonBeever site profile image  

11/4/11 4:19 PM by EatonBeever

this was his first post.... LOL.  He's new in these parts.  

sideshowsteve666 site profile image  

11/4/11 3:47 PM by sideshowsteve666

 dood.....

sideshowsteve666 site profile image  

11/4/11 3:45 PM by sideshowsteve666

 boss doesn't except his crime-fighter lifestyle?

Mathimatic site profile image  

11/4/11 3:31 PM by Mathimatic

Trains UFC , MMA you fucking retard

Bitters site profile image  

11/4/11 10:03 AM by Bitters

He didn't simply "reveal his identity"IIRC, he was arrested for the pepper spray and obviously brought in by police. They don't exactly let him keep his mask on when they decide to book him.Obvious solution was for him to batman the shit out of there when the cops came after him. He's clearly the hero Seattle deserves, but not the one it needs right now.

TheDecider site profile image  

11/4/11 10:03 AM by TheDecider

suit up playboy

Kingtony87 site profile image  

11/4/11 7:54 AM by Kingtony87

This guy seems to be nothing but class and generosity. He is an inspiration to me and my generation. Get the man a job!

EatonBeever site profile image  

11/4/11 12:22 AM by EatonBeever

 This guy's life is absolutely amazing.. He takes care of handicap kids during the day. Then puts on a superhero costume fights dangerous crime at night. AWESOME!!!