According to the Honolulu Advertiser, MMA Superstar BJ Penn was sentenced to a year of probation and ordered to pay $2,000 dollars in restitution for his part in a night club fracas outside of a Waikiki bar two years ago. Penn allegedly struck a police officer during the melee and attempted to run. The officer in question then chased Penn down and tackled him before being immediately jumped on by several other men who broke up the confrontation.
Penn pleaded no-contest to charges levied against him in exchange for accepting probation, submitting to random drug and alcohol testing and committing to 50 hours of community service.
If Penn meets the above terms within a year than the charges will be permanently stricken from his record.
Penn addressed fans outside of the courthouse.
“I want to thank the fans for the support and for sticking by me through thick and thin,” said Penn. “It’s time to move on with my life and focus on my career. I’m glad it’s done.”
Circuit Court Judge Karl K. Sakamoto commented that due to the chaotic nature of the brawl and the large number of people involved, details of exactly what happened that evening are sketchy. He did, however, issue a no-contact order between Penn and the police officer involved, Richardson Oscar Pouoa.
Penn will also be permitted to travel to England for UFC 80.