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Venator boss slams 'disgusting' MMA media, refuses to bench Mayhem Miller following recent DUI arrest

Esther Lin

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight Jason Miller was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI), after "Mayhem" failed a field sobriety test last weekend in Irvine, California, according to the snoops over at TMZ.

Let's just say it wasn't his first brush with the law.

But that doesn't mean he was drunk during this video, despite what you may have heard from the "disgusting" idiots in the mixed martial arts (MMA) media. In fact, Venator FC President Frank Merenda was so incensed over the hatchet job given to Miller, he wrote a scathing (and unintentionally hilarious) press release to vent his frustration.

From MMA Junkie:

MILAN, ITALY (February 12, 2016) - Frank Merenda, President and co-founder of Venator FC, released a statement today:

"We signed a contract with Jason Miller after long reflections with his coach and manager. It was never a decision taken lightly.

"The offenses to justice of Miller fall in the "fines" section, and at the present time there are no serious charges against him. But above all, the problems with the justice of Jason Miller began AFTER his retirement from MMA and we believe that his return to activity can help him greatly with his path to redemption.

"As president of Venator FC I have no intention of taking away his opportunity because Miller was stopped for driving under the influence. As driving under the influence has to be condemned strongly and it's just fair that Miller pays his fine, I would be personally curious to know how many of the "saints" journalists and Miller's haters have never drunk a couple of beers before leaving home.

"Be fined does not make Miller a criminal to my eyes. I will not cancel any match for this reason.

"Indeed, I find it absolutely disgusting the some press rage against a person who is working hard in the gym to get back doing what he loves: Fighting in the cage.

"For all the poor idiots who continue to speak of the mental condition of Miller. Miller is a born actor. These days he's proving his qualities with never ending jokes on the internet and twitter. He was not "drunk" when he said Josh Barnett instead of Luke Barnatt. He is just doing with great skills his PR job, above all with no trash talk and without offending anyone as it's quite normal in modern MMA, but with subtle irony, playing the character of "mental devastated" that every stupid in this world lightly gives to him without actually knowing him.

"Jason Miller is not a saint. We do not defend what he has done wrong in the past. But we are happy and honored to give him the chance he deserves to show how the MMA can be a vehicle for the rebirth of a person.

"For all who would like to see him alone and abandoned by everyone, I only have one word for you: be ashamed of yourself. I believe in Jason Miller. I'll give this guy his chance."

Sorry, media scumbags, but the show must go on.

Miller (28-9, 1 NC), who hasn't been seen since his unanimous decision loss to CB Dollaway at UFC 146 nearly four years ago in Las Vegas, Nevada, will make his combat sports return against ex-UFC middleweight Josh Barnett Luke Barnatt -- under the Venator banner -- on May 21, 2016, in Milan, Italy (more on that fight here).

Assuming he can stay out of jail between now and then.

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