Ex-UFC Champ Israel Adesanya’s Brass Knuckles Charge to Be Dismissed
Israel Adesanya likely won’t face criminal charges for taking brass knuckles through security at JFK Aiport in New York last month.
According to TMZ Sports, the Queens County (N.Y.) District Attorney issued Adesanya an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal (ACD), which means that the charges will be dismissed in six months if he isn’t arrested again in the county.
Adesanya was detained at JFK Airport on Nov. 16 when airport security discovered the brass knuckles in his luggage. The fighter’s manager, Tim Simpson, released a statement claiming that the weapons were given to Adesanya by a fan and that the charges were dismissed after the former UFC champion complied with authorities.
As it turns out, Adesanya was facing fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, which comes with a maximum sentence of one year in jail or three years’ probation if convicted , and he was ordered to appear in court on Tuesday. According to MMAFighting.com, Adesanya was in attendance Queens County court and represented by David Fish, who is general counsel for Paradigm Sports Management.
Adesanya was leaving New York after competing at UFC 281, where he relinquished his middleweight crown to Alex Pereira in a fifth-round TKO loss at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 12.