Ex Champion George St-Pierre has released a letter explaining his recent support for a friend – one who’s also a drug kingpin currently awaiting trial for trafficking and other crimes.
He is going to get some heat for this one.
June 29, 2014
A letter I signed in support of my friend Jimmy Cournoyer, who has recently pleased guilty to a number of drug traffic-related crimes in the U.S., has generated a great deal of controversy over the last few days.
First of all, the letter I signed was a mistake – my mistake. I will not go into detail as to why and how the letter came about because it’s not going to right a wrong. I simply wanted to help repatriate Jimmy to a Canadian prison, closer to his family, if that was possible.
My friendship with Jimmy is based on our mutual passion for martial arts and going to the gym. I was not aware of Jimmy’s crimes until he was arrested by the U.S. authorities. I do not condone any of his criminal actions. He will and should pay for his actions. My position against the use of drugs has been on record for years, and speaks for itself.
I have been to visit Jimmy in prison – twice so far. We also had many conversations since his arrest. Why? Because I believe in redemption, and I believe in loyalty. I will continue to support him – as a friend. In fact, if Jimmy leaves prison one day, I should be there to help him start over in a better way.
I want to unconditionally apologize to those who have been offended by my actions. But I often say that the wheel of life turns and turns, causing ups and down for each of us. I was also taught that a real friend is there to offer support at the best and the worst of times.
GSP won the Welterweight belt against Matt Serra back in 2008. He went onto to beat Jon Fitch, B.J. Penn, Thiago Alves, Dan Hardy and Josh Koscheck.
In his last four fights he went undefeated, but was his closest fights to date. He beat Jake Shields via Unanimous Decision at UFC 129 – St. Pierre vs. Shields on Apr / 30 / 2011, Carlos Condit via Unanimous Decision at UFC 154 – St. Pierre vs. Condit on Nov / 17 / 2012 and then Nick Diaz via Unanimous Decision at UFC 158 – St. Pierre vs. Diaz on Mar / 16 / 2013.
His last fight was against Johny Hendricks that he won by split Decision, which a lot of people thought that Hendricks won that fight at UFC 167 in November of 2013. He retired right after that fight.