Former UFC champion Cain Velasquez was arrested on suspicion of firing shots at a man in San Jose, California. The arrest and subsequent allegations were extremely shocking, and at the time, it was reported that the target went to the hospital and was treated for some non-life-threatening injuries.
Now, a new report from TMZ is explaining the alleged motive behind the shooting. As the outlet reports, the target was already known to Velasquez, and in fact, he allegedly molested one of Velasquez’s young family members at a daycare center.
The man helps host a daycare center, and just last week, he has been rung up on charges of lewd and lascivious act with a child under the age of 14. After the man was released from jail, Velasquez was angered and he allegedly went after the man by shooting him in his car, just outside of a school. Velasquez was seemingly acting in a protective manner, however, the extra-judicial shooting could land him in some serious jail time.
MMA Junkie states that some people in the MMA community have asked for his release after learning some of the details of the incident. When details of the possible motive emerged, the MMA community, in large part, began to rally behind Velasquez, who’s being held without bail. “Free Cain” became a hashtag and general theme across social media platforms before Velasquez is due in court Wednesday. Many people believe that if the motive behind Velasquez’s alleged actions is true, then his alleged actions were justified.
Cain got my support 💯 https://t.co/K0MnaYUckj
— Marvin Vettori (@MarvinVettori) March 2, 2022
Former UFC welterweight Ben Askren didn’t mince when he posted, “I don’t want to live in a country where you can’t shoot someone who sexually abused your child.”
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