Israel Adesanya, the Middleweight Champion of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), is dissatisfied with the punishment given to Ofa Folau, one of the guys implicated in the killing of Adesanya’s colleague Fauk Vake.
Folau, one of four individuals accused of being involved in Vake’s death, pleaded guilty to assaulting Vake and his brother, Ika Vake. He will be held at home for six months. In a video taken by the New Zealand Herald, Adesanya’s City Kickboxing camp protested the sentencing. Adesanya, Dan Hooker, Brad Riddell, and coach Eugene Bareman were among those in attendance.
“It’s like every day or multiple times a week, I’ll just get a moment just like ‘F—k, he’s gone, physically,’” said Adesanya (h/t Sportskeeda). “For me, I don’t have kids but the thought of his daughter still wondering when her dad is coming home, that’s the one that really kicks the most. It’s just sad. I remember in the hospital, she was asking him to wake up. That was really hard.
“He only gets six months of home [detention] where he gets to be in the comfort of his own home and doesn’t get to work and gets to chill,” continued Adesanya. “For me, I don’t know if he can sleep at night. For me, I just don’t understand what kind of a person looks at a law like that and goes ‘Hmm, this is a bad law. Why would we put this in place?’ I don’t understand. I don’t get it.”
“The violence in New Zealand is getting pretty bad,” he said. “It’s heartbreaking.”
Vake died in May, days after he was brutally attacked in downtown Auckland. Siofilisi Paongo and Semise Pomale have been charged with common assault. The last individual, whose name has been suppressed by the courts, was charged with manslaughter. The three men have all pled not guilty.
Source: MSN Sports