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Tyrone Spong facing criminal charges over pet cougar’s escape

It’s been one hell of a week for Tyrone Spong.

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A drug test failure is not the only thing Tyrone Spong is dealing with.

In a wild story out of Florida, state prosecutors have filed 23 criminal charges against the former kickboxing star after his pet cougar escaped his home and roamed through the suburb of Parkland.


Here are the details from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel:

The 60-pound cat showed up in Parkland in northwest Broward County last January, making residents nervous as it sunbathed on a driveway and hopped a fence into a backyard. Wildlife officers subdued it with a tranquilizer and took it to a licensed wildlife facility. Although initially underweight, it made a full recovery.


Among the charges against Spong are allowing the cougar to escape, keeping it without a permit, keeping it in too small a cage, not providing it with shelter, failing to provide it with toys or things to do, and failing to provide clean water for exotic birds.

Spong was initially charged in August by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, but has since had formal charges filed by the Broward State Attorney’s Office.

Each charge carries a maximum penalty of a $500 fine and up to 60 days in prison.

Spong professes total ignorance concerning the cougar, telling the Sun-Sentinel “I don’t know nothing about it” before hanging up the phone.

Earlier this week, Spong was pulled from his DAZN main event vs. former undisputed cruiserweight king Oleksandr Usyk after he tested positive for the banned substance clomiphene. Spong denied using any PEDs and then claimed that the whole thing was a set-up.