Junie Browning tried to kill himself on Tuesday night, and upon realizing he hadn’t succeeded, used his mixed martial arts skills to try and bust out of the hospital:
A UFC fighter who was featured on a SpikeTV show last year was arrested Tuesday night, accused of assaulting three nurses at St. Rose Dominican Hospital, Siena campus, according to Henderson police.
Junie Browning, 24, was taken to the hospital by two friends after Browning took 16 pills of Klonopin, an anti-anxiety drug, in an attempt to harm himself, police stated in Browning’s arrest report.
After being taken to a room at the hospital, the Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter tried to leave and became angry, pushing a female nurse, punching a male nurse and kicking another male nurse, the report states.
“Do you know who I am? I will kill you and rape your family,” police said he yelled to nurses.
Hint for fighters: never ever say “Do you know who I am?” after pulling crazy stunts, because it pretty much always ends with you getting fired. And yep, that’s what’s happened to Junie.
“He was given an amazing opportunity, but he has some serious issues that are beyond me and what I can do. I’m there for guys and I realize nobody is perfect and guys are going to get into trouble. When that happens, I want to try to help and do something for them. But he needs more help than I can give him. I did what I could for him.”
Asked if the UFC would try to coordinate care for Browning, White said no.
“He’s an adult,” White said. “He’ll figure it out.”
Now when I first heard about all this I was hoping it would be a ha ha good time with Junie getting hopped up on goofballs at some club and just being an irresponsible ass. But this whole attempting to harm himself with anti-anxiety pills thing just points towards a whole bunch of darker aspects to the story. While Junie is an ass and we prayed for a thousand punches to his face every time he stepped into the cage, we’re not the kind of people to wish severe anxiety issues that cause suicidal thoughts on anyone.
As for Junie getting fired … it’s not exactly the most compassionate thing Dana White has ever done but it’s not like the UFC hasn’t given Junie two dozen do-overs during his 15 minutes of fame. And Dana is right: there’s nothing he can do for Junie right now and there’s a good chance a lot of Browning’s stress was coming directly from the fact that he was a UFC fighter on the edge of losing his job. Maybe a year or two back in Kentucky with a good psychiatrist will prepare him for another run at MMA fame, but as it stands, Junie just got KO’d by his personal demons pretty hardcore.