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Family rep says B.J. Penn ‘did nothing’ during street altercation in Hawaii

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A representative of the Penn family spoke in B.J’s behalf, explaining their side of the story of what happened during a recent street altercation in Hawaii.

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Former UFC champion B.J. Penn was once again involved in a street altercation in Hawaii. On Wednesday, a pair of videos caught by TMZ had surfaced, showing “The Prodigy” in two separate street fights in one night against the same individual.

The first clip showed Penn raining down punches on a shirtless man, who laid face down on the pavement almost defenseless. The second clip was the exact opposite, as it showed Penn being knocked down to the pavement with a flush left hook.

A representative and long-time friend of the Penn family reached out to MMA Junkie hours later to clarify their side of the story. According to Gary Levitt, Penn was not in the wrong in the incident.

“I spoke to B.J., and B.J.’s like, ‘No, I did nothing,’” he said.

“He said the guy punched him, and many, many people saw it, and (the guy) punched him again, and he went, ‘Stop, what are you doing?’

“And he said (the man) must have punched him at least four times, and some people are saying it was more like seven or eight times,” he added. “B.J. did not do anything, meaning (he) didn’t fight back. He was just backing up and saying, ‘Hey.’”

All transgressions and seven straight losses aside, Penn remains signed with the UFC. His next fight will be against Nik Lentz at a still undetermined date.