Monson Charged With Vandalism After Police See Photo in ESPN Magazine


Jeff Monson. Photo courtesy of ESPN the Magazine.

Former UFC heavyweight title challenger Jeff Monson has been charged with vandalism after Olympia, Washington police discovered a photo published in the December 29 edition of ESPN the Magazine of Monson spray-painting an anarchy symbol on the Washington state capitol building.

According to The Olympian, Monson has been charged with first-degree malicious mischief, a felony that carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. The damage reportedly cost $19,000 to clean up and a warrant has been issued for Monson’s arrest.

Monson also told the newspaper that he has claimed responsibility for the crime and will contact local authorities, but refuses to pay any sort of fine that is levied on him and isn’t sure if he will turn himself in.

The American Top Team member last competed at the Mixed Fighting Alliance’s “There Will Be Blood” event in December, where he won an unanimous decision over former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez. Rumors have been circulating suggesting that Monson may be heading back to the UFC later this year.

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