The MMA community is showing support for former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez after a possible motive has been revealed in an alleged shooting that has the former champion facing attempted murder charges.
“I obviously feel sorry for him and his family,” White said. “It’s a horrible thing. I don’t know enough details to speak on it, but from what I’ve heard – we all say we’d do it if it ever happened to us. Cain did it.”
Also speaking out in support of Velasquez is his former opponent Junior dos Santos.
“As combat opponents we shared the dream of winning and becoming the number one. Today as parents, the victory we want to achieve is the well-being and security of our families. There is still a lot to be revealed and investigated about this situation that Cain Velasquez is involved in. But until then I believe any honest parent would do the same if they were in his shoes. May justice be done and Cain can be where he belongs to be with his family as soon as possible.”
Dos Santo also included the hashtags #FreeCain and #IStandWithCain at the end of his statement.
Velasquez and dos Santos faced each other three times between 2011 and 2013 with the UFC heavyweight championship on the line each time. Dos Santos took the first meeting while Velasquez won the latter two bouts to complete their trilogy.
Every Parent’s Nightmare
In a report by The Mercury News, Velasquez allegedly shot at a man who was recently charged with molesting a close relative. That man is 43-year old Harry Eugene Goularte who lives at a home that operates as a daycare run by his mother. This is according to a criminal complaint that charged Goularte with felony count(s) of lewd and lascivious act(s) with a child under the age of 14. Additional reports have suggested that the molestation could have occurred as many as “100 times” and that other children may have been violated.
Goularte was arraigned on Friday and despite objections from the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office, he was granted supervised release.
Three days later, Velasquez would allegedly open fire at a vehicle carrying Goularte. His stepfather was in the vehicle along with one other person. Goularte’s stepfather was hit in the shooting, but is expected to survive.
Velasquez is facing 10 charges in total and could face 20 years to life in prison if convicted.
Featured image credit to Embed from Getty Images