Pat Miletich suspended by LFA after involvement in protests at US Capitol
Legacy Fighting Alliance (LFA) has suspended UFC Hall of Famer Pat Miletich from its broadcast team after Miletich’s involvement in the protests and riots that took place at the US Capitol last week.
On January 6, Miletich shared photos on Facebook showing his participation in the protests at the Capitol. These photos have since been removed from Miletich’s social media accounts.
Of course Pat Miletich was in DC on Jan 6th. pic.twitter.com/nVp1yayVAp
— John S. Nash (@heynottheface) January 11, 2021
On Tuesday, January 12, Miletich posted several videos to his Instagram account in which he stated that he had been fired from LFA.
“I just got a call from the folks at the LFA, and they informed me that they were getting a lot of pressure because I was at the Capitol, and I want you guys to know that the people who I walked with at the Capitol, none of them that I know of were involved in any of the violence,” Miletich said (via MMA Junkie).
“The LFA was getting a lot of pressure, and they felt they needed to distance themselves from me,” he later added. “I understand their position.”
Later on Tuesday, LFA president Ed Soares released a statement to MMA Junkie revealing that the promotion had merely suspended Miletich from Friday’s LFA 97 event.
“First and foremost, the LFA supports the participation of the constitutional right to peaceful protest,” Soares said. “During preparations for the 2021 debut broadcast, it was brought to the LFA’s attention that photos of questionable nature surfaced on various social media outlets involving fight analyst Pat Miletich. While the LFA continues to investigate the situation, the decision was made to remove Mr. Miletich from broadcast duties for this Friday’s LFA 97 event.”
In a video posted to The Body Lock’s YouTube channel, Ant Walker and Matthew Wells discuss Miletich’s involvement in the protests at the Capitol, LFA’s response, and Miletich’s comments.
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