UFC welterweight Geoff Neal was arrested Thanksgiving Day on prices of driving whereas intoxicated and unlawfully carrying a weapon, per a Collin County (Texas) Sheriff’s Workplace doc obtained Thursday by ESPN.
Neal was taken into custody early Nov. 25 and was launched after making $2,000 bond at 8:08 that evening, the doc said. MMA Junkie was first to report the information.
Neal is scheduled to combat Santiago Ponzinibbio at UFC 269 on Dec. 11 in Las Vegas. That bout will not be in jeopardy, in response to the UFC.
“UFC is conscious of the latest scenario involving Geoff Neal,” the promotion wrote to ESPN in an announcement. “The group has been in communication with him and is within the technique of gathering extra particulars. Neal’s bout at UFC 269 on December eleventh stays as scheduled.”
Brandon Barnett, Neal’s lawyer, informed ESPN that Neal volunteered for a blood take a look at when he was arrested and his staff believes these outcomes will show that Neal was not over the blood-alcohol authorized restrict of 0.08%. There won’t be a case file produced towards Neal till these outcomes come again, Barnett stated.
So far as the weapon’s cost, Barnett stated Neal had a legally licensed gun in his automobile and that cost solely exists as a result of it’s unlawful to have a firearm in your possession whilst you allegedly commit against the law. If Neal’s blood-alcohol degree is under 0.08%, the weapon cost can be dropped as properly, Barnett stated.
“If it seems he was not legally intoxicated — which we anticipate the blood take a look at will present — there will not be a gun cost, both,” Barnett stated.
Barnett stated the blood outcomes might take wherever from six weeks to 6 months to return again. He stated he’s not positive what the possible trigger was to arrest Neal, as a result of the arrest report has not but been launched to him.
“I feel it is considerably untimely to report on this at this level,” Barnett stated. “Doing what I do for a dwelling, there’s numerous events the place you see an arrest after which based mostly on the proof that comes again there’s by no means even a case file.”
Neal, 31, is taken into account one of many prime up-and-coming welterweights within the UFC. The Texas native, who trains out of Fortis MMA in Dallas, has misplaced two straight following a seven-fight profitable streak. Each of these losses got here after Neal’s August 2020 bout with a mysterious an infection that led to sepsis and congenital coronary heart failure. Neal has stated he believed he was going to die throughout a week-long keep within the intensive-care unit.