Former “The Ultimate Fighter” contestant Junie Browning spoke for the first time earlier this week about his arrest last week. Browning was arrested after he reportedly assaulted three nurses at St. Rose Dominican Hospital in Henderson, Nevada. Browning was reportedly rushed to the emergency room by a couple of friends after he had taken 16 pills of Klonopin.
Speaking from former Xtreme Couture trainer Shawn Tompkins’ house, Browning apologized for his actions, stating, “The problem is that when I make a mistake, I make a really bad mistake. It’s not a DUI. It’s not like getting pulled over or something. When I make a mistake I lose control and make a really bad mistake, and that’s definitely what I’m apologizing for. I just want to take this opportunity to apologize to anyone that was involved in that incident the other night. I truly am very, very sorry.”
Browning went on to acknowledge his demons, and vowed to improve himself.
“Pretty much my whole life I’ve been chased by demons, and I’ve had a lot of problems,” he admitted. “I mean, it’s pretty obvious. I’m going to continue on working on the problems I have and stuff, but again, I just want to apologize to everyone that was involved. It was a horrible thing that happened.”
Browning currently faces three counts of battery. UFC president Dana White told Yahoo! Sports shortly after the arrest that they decided to terminate Browning’s contract.
“He was given an amazing opportunity, but he has some serious issues that are beyond me and what I can do,” White noted. “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.”
Browning admitted that his fighting career is on the back-burner, and right now his main goal is to prove himself as a person.
“At this point I’m not just concerned with making myself a better fighter,” he stated. “I mean, it’s obvious that I have a lot more issues than that, so I’m also trying to prove myself as a person. If I have to get help, then I’m going to do that. I’m going to do whatever I have to do to better myself as a person.”
You can watch Browning’s full apology below: