UFC lightweight fighter Jeremy Stephens was released from jail today after spending the last twelve days incarcerated after being arrested in Minnesota for an outstanding warrant in Iowa.
Following his release from Polk County Jail in Iowa, his agent released a statement on the fighters website and the fighter maintains his innocence on the charges he is facing.
“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.”
Stephens is facing a charge for willful injury and assault causing bodily injury from an incident that took place on October 15, 2011 in Des Moines, Iowa. Late last week, the police report was released to the media, which describe what the UFC fighter is being accused of.
Stephens has now released a video update, which he thanks Dana White and the UFC. Also, he hopes to return to the cage soon, but organization is unlikely to schedule the fighter for a fight until his legal issues in Iowa are resolved.