Former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez was arrested for shooting sporadically in Morgan Hill in Santa Clara, California, and has released his first statement.
He last competed in the UFC in 2019 against the undisputed heavyweight king Francis Ngannou. His return after two and a half years of absence was nothing to write home about as Ngannou dropped him with a right uppercut 26 seconds into the contest.
The 39-year-old appeared in court last month after being arrested on suspicion of attempted murder; he is alleged to have shot at a car containing three occupants in the direction of an alleged child molester at a daycare facility.
If convicted, Velasquez would face 20 years of jail term or more after being formally charged with attempted murder and ten other gun-related charges by Santa Clara County district attorney Jeff Rosen.
An Overwhelming Show of Support
Several stars within the promotion have taken to social media to voice their support for the American fighter, trending the hashtag #FreeCain and wearing printed shirts in his name, offering the former two-time UFC heavyweight champion backing amid his arrest on suspicion of attempted murder.
Amidst the ongoing investigations, allegations, and press releases, Velasquez had remained mute until recently, when he took to social media to air his opinion.
“To everyone that has expressed your support, my family and I will never be able to thank you enough. From the bottom of our hearts and the depths of our souls, we are forever grateful for your love. Your selfless gestures and kind words have given me strength in my darkest times. This story is complex and slowly unraveling as we speak. To the true victims of this case, may God give you the strength to come forward. Though it is most difficult to relive the pain that has happened to you, in speaking the truth, justice will be served and your own healing will start. I will never stop helping or loving my community and all of you. Thank you for loving me.” – Cain Velasquez
Harry Goularte, the man accused of inappropriately touching an underage victim related to Velasquez on “multiple occasions,” was later arrested and charged with lewd acts with a 14-year-old minor.
Investigations continue, but frustrations arise as the perpetrator is released into the public with zero-dollar bail, yet Velasquez continues to be held without bail.
The County District Attorney has charged Velasquez with taking the law into his hands as the four-year-old alleged to have been repeatedly molested by Goularte is reportedly a close family relation to him.
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