Chad Mendes wanted for questioning after bar fight
August 3, 2012
The Hanford Sentinel reports that UFC Featherweight Chad Mendes is wanted by authorities after a 40 person brawl at a bar last Saturday The details do not paint Mendes in a good light.
Via Hanford Sentinel:
Mendes, 27, allegedly sucker punched a patron in the face and took off running out the back door. Officials say they have not been able to locate him.
He (Mendes) appeared to be intoxicated and began cursing at the deputies and officers, authorities said. They asked him to leave. Instead, he went back inside and struck one man who “never even saw him coming,” Assistant Sheriff Dave Putnam said
Allegedly, Mendes was a part of a 40 person brawl. Authorities are seeking Mendes for questioning. There is no word on the condition of the person Mendes allegedly punched.
The UFC (and Hanford law enforcement) will need to sit down with Mendes to determine his side of the story. The news is bad publicity for Mendes and the UFC. Not only did Mendes put himself in a poor situation, the incident may open Mendes up to personal liability in addition to potential criminal charges. Mendes is a promising contender in the Featherweight division, but with this news, we will see what the UFC will do with him.
Despite fighters being independent contractors, there is a code of conduct each fighter agrees to follow.
Section 9.1 of the Zuffa (or Forza, LLC for Strikeforce fighters) contract states:
“Fighter shall conduct himself in accordance with commonly accepted standards of decency, social conventions and morals, and Fighter will not commit any act or become involved in any situation or occurrence or make any statement which will reflect negatively upon or bring disrepute, contempt, scandal, ridicule, or disdain to Fighter, the Identity of Fighter or any of Fighter’s Affiliates, FORZA or any of its officers, managers, members, employees, or agents.
“Fighter’s conduct shall not be such as to shock, insult or offend the public or any organized group therein, or reflect unfavorably upon any current or proposed sponsor or such sponsor’s advertising agency, or any network or station over which a Bout is to be broadcast.”