GoFundMe set up for MMA-trained man who fought Spencer Jones, attorney says it was ‘legally justified’
Walker Brown, the MMA-trained man who allegedly viciously slapped OU-wide recipient Spencer Jones, seeks help with medical and legal bills as the effects of a viral video increase.
A GoFundMe set up for Brown on Monday has raised $ 28,960 from its $ 50,000 goal at the time of writing. According to the promoter, the money will be used for an operation and time off from work that Brown put in a bar in Norman, Okla., Which sent Jones into a four-hour operation that allegedly nearly cost him his left eye after the fight.
“I feel uncomfortable doing this because I want to work and pay my own bills, but I understand that this can be a bit difficult for me,” Brown wrote. “I’ll say, YES, something happened before the video started because my nose isn’t bleeding for no reason.”
In a statement sent to the online fundraiser on Wednesday, Brown attorney Steve Stice wrote that the viral video did not show the “original attack and battery that Mr. Walker suffered from Mr. Jones and his friend” , and previously citing Brown’s bloody nose The fight broke out.
“Mr. Walker was legally entitled to defend himself on this matter,” wrote Stice. “As a result, Mr. Walker suffered multiple injuries, including a torn biceps that requires surgery. We will not make any further comments pending the investigation by the authorities . “
Jones’ attorney Woodrow “Woody” Glass said in a separate statement that the soccer player was acting as a “peacekeeping force” and attempted to de-escalate the situation, but “despite his best efforts and he became the victim of this vicious attack” in the bathroom Logie’s on the corner in Norman.
Police are investigating two cases of assault and battery reported three days after the fight on February 16. According to Norman police spokeswoman Sarah Jensen, all parties in the case have been identified and no arrests have been made. The indictment provides for a possible 90-day county jail sentence and a fine of up to $ 1,000 each.
Brown’s brother, Braden Brown, identified him and his brother as the men in the video who fought Jones and another man involved in the fight. He said the soccer player and the man “gave us no options” adding that they showed “reluctance”.
The video shows Jones and Walker Brown in a confrontation in front of toilet cubicles. Jones squeezes Brown, who wipes his nose before throwing punches that seem to combine before slamming the soccer player on the floor. He quickly pulls Jones’ back back and tries a choke while a spectator gives a drunken bit by bit. At the same time, Braden Brown joins Jones’ friend and brings him to the ground, where he lands several unanswered punches.
Walker and Braden Brown practice wrestling and MMA at Colosseum owned by their father, Tommy Brown, who confirmed the GoFundMe ride and declined further comments pending approval by their attorney. Braden Brown told MMA Fighting that he had amateur fighting experience, although he and his brother and father’s fight records could not be found in any major MMA database.
The bar where the fight took place is less than 1 mile from the Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, where the Sooners play. Jones, a Redshirt senior, appeared in eleven games in 2020. His recovery schedule is unknown.
Here is the full statement from Walker Brown:
“Hi everyone. I’m the guy in the fight video in the bathroom. I laughed with the funny comments about my cowboy boots and cauliflower ear. I didn’t comment because there is an ongoing investigation. I was advised to find a lawyer. I stand also before surgery due to an injury sustained while on defense and will be reviewing some unplanned medical bills and lost work time recovering from surgery.I am a full time student working two jobs.
“First of all, I want to thank you all for the generous support I have received from across the country. It’s overwhelming in a good way! Strangers have even offered to help me cover the cost of the defense, and that’s why I’ve set up this account for anyone who wants to contribute. I feel uncomfortable doing this because I want to work and pay my own bills, but I realize that this can be a bit difficult for me. I will say YES, something happened before the video started because my nose is not bleeding for no reason. After hiring an attorney, I’ll make a statement so that you know my side of the story. Thanks again for the support. “