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Calling for Jermey Stevens fight called to be cancelled in a cunty letter



Dear Mr. [Eric] Shanks (Co-president, FOX Sports Media Group):

We are writing to alert you about two UFC fighters who are scheduled to compete on the "UFC on FOX
5" event on December 8th at the KeyArena in Seattle. Attached you will find the Trial Information in the
pending criminal case involving one UFC fighter, and two guilty pleas entered into by the other UFC
fighter.

Jeremy Dean Stephens, a professional cage fighter who competes under the nickname "Lil’ Heathen,"
has been charged with Willful Injury Causing Serious Injury (Class C felony), Burglary in the First
Degree (Class B felony), and Assault Causing Bodily Injury (Serious Misdemeanor). A trial in the case is
currently schedule for January 9, 2013.

Abel Nazario Trujillo, another cage fighter scheduled to compete on the UFC fight card on Dec. 8th
in Seattle, has twice pleaded guilty to Domestic Abuse Assault Causing Bodily Injury, an aggravated
misdemeanor. In both cases, the victim was identified as the mother of his child. In May 2007, Trujillo
also pleaded guilty to Obstruction of an Emergency Communication. In the plea agreement, Trujillo
acknowledged that the crime required the State to prove that his alleged assault victim was making a 911
call, Trujillo knew that she was making a 911 call, and Trujillo hung up the phone. Trujillo competes
under the nickname "Killa."

These criminal cases raise serious questions about FOX’s programming judgment. At minimum, FOX
and the UFC should wait for the resolution of an upcoming jury trial related to the allegations against
Stephens before allowing Stephens to fight on FOX. The trial is scheduled for January 9th in Iowa.

Stephens was arrested on October 5th in Minneapolis on an Iowa warrant, just hours before his previously
scheduled fight on UFC.

One of the victims of the alleged assault is identified as a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army who has
dedicated his career to military service and has been deployed overseas multiple times, according to
a 2010 article. This should be of concern to FOX, given that fans of cage fighting events and regular
viewers of FOX likely include military veterans and active-duty soldiers who, along with their families,
have paid a great sacrifice to our country.

The UFC already has a troubled relationship with some leaders in the veterans’ community and advocates
for survivors of sexual assault, who believe the cage fighting organization has not done enough to prevent
socially irresponsible speech among its fighters. UFC fighters have made jokes about rape, homophobic
slurs and sexually explicit remarks that are demeaning towards women.

In a disturbing video published in April 2012 on YouTube, UFC fighter Quinton "Rampage" Jackson
pretends to sexually assault a woman in a parking garage using chloroform and zip ties. Jackson is
scheduled to fight on the "UFC on FOX 6" event on Jan. 26th in Chicago. At a public press conference
in December 2011, UFC fighter Rashad Evans taunted his opponent by threatening to act like former
Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, who at the time faced more than
50 counts of sexual misconduct involving young boys. In other cases, UFC fighters have made light of
rape on their Twitter accounts.

You can find more incidents of offensive behavior among people associated with the UFC at the
following website: www.UnfitForChildren.org

As reported by FOX News, this summer more than 10,000 people nationwide signed a petition calling
on the U.S. Marine Corps to renounce its support of the UFC and to refrain from using taxpayer money
to sponsor the organization. A veterans committee of UNITE HERE delivered these petitions to the
Commandant of the Marine Corps, General James Amos; to Marine Corps recruiting stations in 10 cities;
to Representative Howard "Buck" McKeon, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee; and to
the Defense Department Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS).

Leaders of more than a dozen state and national organizations that advocate on behalf of veterans and/or
survivors of sexual assault have called on the military to sever ties with the UFC. These groups include
the National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence, National Institute of Military Justice, Protect Our
Defenders, Women in the Military Project, Veterans For Peace, Veterans For Common Sense, Veterans
United for Truth, and the Veterans Committee of UNITE HERE, among others.

The UFC was no doubt aware of the criminal charges against Jeremy Stephens at the time in which it
announced on November 23rd that Stephens would fight on Dec. 8th on FOX. The alleged assault was
widely publicized in the national news media. FOX Sports, ESPN, New York Post and USA Today,
among other media outlets, reported details of the arrest and an unsuccessful effort by the UFC to get
Stephens out of jail on bail in time for a UFC fight in Minneapolis on October 5th.

Stephens’ management agency, Evolution Agent, released a statement denying that Stephens was
involved in the alleged assault. According to the statement, Stephens attended a party in Des Moines in

which a physical altercation occurred, and Stephens’ "name came up during the police investigation of the
assault."

Less than 48 hours after Stephens’ arrest in Minneapolis on Oct. 5th, UFC President Dana White was
quoted in USA Today and the New York Post as saying he believed Stephens’ assertion that he was
innocent. "I’m taking [Stephens’] word for it," White was quoted as saying. "Man to man, that’s what
he says, and I’m going to take his word for it. I believe him." White was also quoted as saying he was
willing to pay an "astronomical amount of money" to bail Stephens out of jail in time for the Oct. 5 th UFC
fight in Minneapolis.

White’s rush to support Stephens following his arrest was criticized by some in the media. Josh Gross of
ESPN wrote, "[White] can’t know the truth about Stephens, yet he pushed and pushed to get him out on
bond so he could fight in a cage the same night? Think about the optics, which probably has more to do
with public relations but also delves into real-world business. Where’s the benefit to the UFC?"

There are other professional cage fighters with better fight records. As noted on UFC.com, Stephens has
lost three of his last five contests in the UFC. Why isn’t a different cage fighter scheduled to fight on
December 8th on FOX?

In light of the concerns cited above, we strongly encourage FOX to wait for the resolution of the jury trial
in Iowa related to the alleged assault before allowing Stephens to fight on your network.

We also ask you to contact us within ten (10) days of receiving this letter to discuss further these
concerns. For more information, please call Chris Serres at (702)-386-5231 or send an e-mail to
cserres@culinaryunion226.org.

Regards,

Chris Serres
Research Analyst
Culinary Workers Union, Local 226
12/4/12 9:01 PM
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" In a disturbing video published in April 2012 on YouTube, UFC fighter Quinton "Rampage" Jacksonpretends to sexually assault a woman in a parking garage using chloroform and zip ties. Jackson isscheduled to fight on the "UFC on FOX 6" event on Jan. 26th in Chicago. At a public press conferencein December 2011, UFC fighter Rashad Evans taunted his opponent by threatening to act like formerPennsylvania State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, who at the time faced more than50 counts of sexual misconduct involving young boys. In other cases, UFC fighters have made light ofrape on their Twitter accounts."

What the hell man, this is infuriating. I hate that damn union.
12/4/12 9:06 PM
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lol well, tough shit for NY. Phone Post
12/4/12 9:09 PM
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I grew up around Labor Unions. My grandmother is considered a pretty important woman in that world, my sister works for the teamsters. I can tell you first hand that they are all evil. They did some good, but now they are just another special interest group raping the world of its soul.


But I love my granny and sister the same...
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lol

If they want to clean out FOX Sports promoting felon athletes they should start with the NFL on FOX shows first before they worry about anything else.
12/4/12 9:19 PM
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Fuck those culinary union cunts. /thread Phone Post
12/4/12 9:21 PM
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Jacinto - lol

If they want to clean out FOX Sports promoting felon athletes they should start with the NFL on FOX shows first before they worry about anything else.

Lets not pretend like they want to clean up sports, they just want to fuck with the UFC.

they want two guys who were arrested off FOx but every single NFL game aired on tv features atleast one guy who has been arrested, served time, is on probation etc.

25 players between Feb 2012 and July 2012 were arrested, 2 of them twice but you wont see the Union asking the NFL to remove players or Fox to remove games from tv because they feature guys who were arrested.
12/4/12 9:22 PM
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Those dudes are outta control. This is not what unions are about. Phone Post
12/4/12 9:30 PM
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This is an example of why a lot of people don't like unions anymore.
12/4/12 9:31 PM
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cantuna4u -  Those dudes are outta control. This is not what unions are about. Phone Post

Costing people money is exactly what unions are about. Not what they used to be.. But what they are now.
12/4/12 9:33 PM
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Do they understand that stuff like this only makes them look like morons? Phone Post
12/5/12 2:09 PM
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Unless i am getting the wrong impression who really gives a fuck what the Culinary Union thinks when it comes to sports.
12/5/12 2:11 PM
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Jacinto - Unless i am getting the wrong impression who really gives a fuck what the Culinary Union thinks when it comes to sports.
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12/5/12 2:40 PM
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12/5/12 2:51 PM
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Author of letter is @chrisserres on twitter Phone Post
12/5/12 2:54 PM
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It's just every point can be countered with, " and how is this relevant to you as your company?"

R u on fox ?
R u at the arena ?
R u with the UFC?
Is your child fighting ?


Wtf does a culinary union have to do with any of this- they should be relabeled as a right wing bible Activist group - morally responsible Phone Post
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falkofire -  It's just every point can be countered with, " and how is this relevant to you as your company?"

R u on fox ?
R u at the arena ?
R u with the UFC?
Is your child fighting ?


Wtf does a culinary union have to do with any of this- they should be relabeled as a right wing bible Activist group - morally responsible Phone Post

Right wing bible activist group? haha, you have your politics wrong. This same group bent over backwards to get Barack Obama and anyone with a (D) after their name elected. You should probably read the backstory as to why the Culinary Union is doing this.

12/5/12 3:08 PM
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Falkofire. Actually they supported Obama, I don't know why they are doing this I don't think they like the frettitas but I'm not sure. Anyone else know the main reason they are after the UFC? Phone Post
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tanner904 -  Falkofire. Actually they supported Obama, I don't know why they are doing this I don't think they like the frettitas but I'm not sure. Anyone else know the main reason they are after the UFC? Phone Post

 

The Culinary Union are a bunch of gangsters who are trying to strong arm ther Fertittas into turning over their employees at their Station Casinos to the union. Of course the employees themselves have the right to vote to form a union, but they don't want to, so the union is trying to force the company to unionize.

 

So the union is attacking the UFC since it is owned by the Fertittas. They're also using their union influence over the New York state legislature to keep MMA out of New York. 

This is their fight to get more union members from the Fertittas Station Casinos. The union bosses need those dues so they can keep paying themselves shit loads of money and get democrats elected.

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Rockcod - Good for them. Employing violent criminals makes the UFC look bad, and gives the opinions of a lot of MMA's opponents traction.

And I don't give a shit what boxing, or the NFL, or the NBA and their supporters accept. For once in the sport's existence, the MMA community should strive to be better than other sports, instead of aspiring to be *like* the other sports.
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Rockcod - Good for them. Employing violent criminals makes the UFC look bad, and gives the opinions of a lot of MMA's opponents traction.

And I don't give a shit what boxing, or the NFL, or the NBA and their supporters accept. For once in the sport's existence, the MMA community should strive to be better than other sports, instead of aspiring to be *like* the other sports.
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Sorry. You're a douche. Phone Post
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Rockcod - Good for them. Employing violent criminals makes the UFC look bad, and gives the opinions of a lot of MMA's opponents traction.

And I don't give a shit what boxing, or the NFL, or the NBA and their supporters accept. For once in the sport's existence, the MMA community should strive to be better than other sports, instead of aspiring to be *like* the other sports.

Jeremy Stephens has not been convicted.

Rampage making jokes and what not is irrelevant.

 

Get it yet?

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Twitter is spamming him pretty hard today. I joined in a little. Union leaders are too big to listen to the concerns of common men though........oh wait... Phone Post
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Why doesn't somebody troll him. Call the number and pretend to be Eric Shanks. Have a long conversation with him and pretend what he is saying is making sense etc.

Call number "Good day, my name is Eric Shanks, may I please speak to a Mr. Serres. I received a letter from him in regards to a mixed martial arts events that my company with be broadcasting live. There are a few unsettling things in the letter which he wrote that I would like to discuss with him." Blah blah blah. Might get connected with him. Then waste an hour or two of his time. Finish off with a big FU, UG for life and a big hard laugh with maybe a couple more derogatory words.
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Rockcod -
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Rockcod - Good for them. Employing violent criminals makes the UFC look bad, and gives the opinions of a lot of MMA's opponents traction.

And I don't give a shit what boxing, or the NFL, or the NBA and their supporters accept. For once in the sport's existence, the MMA community should strive to be better than other sports, instead of aspiring to be *like* the other sports.
Your a douche/ Phone Post
Sorry. You're a douche. Phone Post

Yet I'm still a better human being than you are...
Let me guess, you love Jesus and America too? Phone Post

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