Seattle-based “superhero,” “Phoenix Jones,” was fired from his job this week following a recent arrest for assault and subsequent unmasking. Why is this related to MMA? “Phoenix Jones” secret identity is Ben Fodor, the brother of MMA fighter and current member of the Strikeforce roster, Caros Fodor.
Jones was patrolling Pioneer Square near his hometown, when he intervened in what he perceived to be a fight. Trying to break up the altercation, Jones began pepper spraying the people on the scene, but the police have viewed this not as a rescue but as an assault. He was then arrested, where he spent seven hours in jail before meeting his $3,800 bail to be released. Jones has since gone to court over this matter where he was forced to unmask, and has now seemingly lost his job over the matter.
According to Seattle news site, Publicola, Jones was working with autistic children and young adults, before the Washington state Department of Social and Health Services informed him that he was barred from any work with kids. The source was not able to determine exactly why DSHS disqualified Jones from working with kids, but it appears to be due to his pending assault case.
Jones says that because of his arrest, heâ€™s on â€œa listâ€ that prohibits him from working with children, because he has â€œa history of interjecting myself into situations that are dangerous.â€ â€œI would say I have a history of fighting crime,â€ Jones responded. â€œThe whole point of what I do is to keep people safe.â€
Ben himself also has competed in MMA, with a pro record of 4-0 and an amateur record of 11-0.
You can view the video of the incident, caught on tape by another one of the superheroes, after the jump! Was he doing his civic duty, or assaulting a group of people – you decide!