PFL suspends Josh Copeland indefinitely following alleged domestic violence incident
Heavyweight Josh Copeland’s PFL career is on pause after he reportedly punched his wife in an alleged domestic violence incident on Feb 2.
“The PFL has zero tolerance for matters involving domestic violence,” read a statement released to MMAjunkie by PFL spokesperson Greg Savage. “Per our company policy, following his arrest, Josh Copeland has been suspended indefinitely.”
Savage did not elaborate on the terms of Copeland’s suspension. Reached for comment, Copeland’s manager, Brian Butler of SuckerPunch Entertainment, said in a text message “there is an ongoing investigation and until we have all the facts we can’t comment.”
Copeland, 36, has been charged with second-degree assault, obstruction and child abuse after police found the fighter’s wife with a bruised eye and blood down her face, according to TMZ.com.
A police report from Adams County (Colo.) Sheriffs Dept. said the incident happened during an argument in front of their child. The couple first pushed each other, and Copeland’s wife acknowledged slapping him several times. In response, Copeland punched her and threw her on the bed, also taking her cell phone so she couldn’t call for help.
Police said Copeland, whose mugshot showed slight facial injuries, had no memory of the incident when interviewed. His wife’s phone was found in his pocket.
A spokesperson for the Adams County (Colo.) Sheriffs Dept. said the police report has been forwarded to the county’s district attorney and deferred comment to prosecutors. Repeated attempts to reach the office were unsuccessful.
Copeland, nicknamed “Cuddly Bear,” was most recently seen in the cage this past December in the finals of the PFL’s inaugural tournament for a $1 million prize. He was stopped by Philipe Lins in the fourth round after knocking out Alex Nicholson for a spot in the finals.
Copeland reportedly is due back in court next week.
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