Retired MMA middleweight Jason “Mayhem” Miller was arrested Sunday morning.
A source within the Orange County Sheriff’s Department told MMAmania that Miller was arrested and charged with attempted burglary. He is being held at the Central Jail Complex in Santa Ana, California, on $50,000 bail. No other details have been released.
This isn’t Miller’s first run-in with the law. The 32-year-old was arrested last August after he was found completely naked in the Mission Hills Church in Mission Viejo, California. He was dressed in a paper suit for his mugshot. Police found the first and second floors of the church covered in fire extinguisher spray. Miller had also allegedly trashed the church, throwing around books and pictures. Police said he was awake and coherent when he was found on a couch on the second floor.
Miller was released on $20,000 bond, and the charges against him were dropped when the pastor, Brian Anderson, came forward in his defense.
Prior to his arrest, Miller had been banned from the UFC over what president Dana White called “dumb bulls**t.” The ban was announced after Miller lost to C.B. Dollaway after showing up to the Octagon with a pink boombox and a boa around his neck. White said Miller’s antics weren’t his thing.
“If you want to be a clown, do that stuff on your reality show,” White said.
In 2012, Miller appeared on the MMA Hour. He began acting strangely, causing tension with host Ariel Helwani. He was promoting Here Comes The Boom and portrayed his character Lucky Patrick throughout the interview. He also made racially insensitive remarks and threw around several of Helwani’s action figures. When Helwani, a longtime friend of Miller, asked about his church arrest, “Patrick” stormed off the set.
Two weeks later, Jason Miller appeared on the MMA Hour again. He said his previous interview was a social experiment, and that he wanted to see whether the “MMA community would open its arms and support a fighter who appears to be going through mental health issues” or “rip him apart.” He said no one tried to support him, and that “They’d done the same thing to Evan Tanner, a troubled former UFC champion who died after a battle with alcoholism and mental health issues.”
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