Suspensions Lifted for Williams Trio – Moncton Ban to be Lifted Next?
Top MMA News has learned that the suspensions of Steve, Mike, and John Williams have been lifted. In an email today to the Canadian boxing, wrestling, and MMA commissions, Moncton Boxing and Wrestling Commission chairman Jerry Doiron-Gould stated the following:
The Moncton Boxing & Wrestling Commission has hereby reinstated the following:
Indefinite suspension – Steven Williams
Indefinite suspension – Johm J. Williams
Indefinite suspension – Mike Williams
In talking to G. Robert Basque, the lawyer representing the Williams’ family, Top MMA News was informed that the Moncton Boxing and Wrestling Commission (MBWC) has no authority to suspend and/or fine any individual according to the City of Moncton bylaw that gives the MBWC its authority over MMA.
In addition to this news, G. Robert Basque expected a press release from the MBWC indicating that the Moncton Commission has completed its review of MMA and its six month ban on MMA is over. The press release was expected on October 2. Top MMA News had not seen this release at the time of writing this article.
Basque, on behalf of the Williams Trio, sent a letter to the Commission and the City of Moncton indicating that the Moncton Commission had no authority to suspend the Williams’ family. It appears that a City of Moncton solicitor agreed with Basque and also determined that the MBWC had no authority to suspend or fine any athlete. This forced the Commission’s hand to rescind the suspensions.
Basque further added that his clients were not able to defend themselves from the Moncton Commission’s charges. “There is no due process. If you are going to suspend me, I have the right to know what I am accused of, go to a hearing, I have the right to representation, and I have the right to defend myself.” Basque continued, “The process (that the MBWC follows) is not only ridiculous, it is non-existent.”
G. Robert Basque also mentioned that his clients and the Moncton Commission are scheduled to meet October 5 to further discuss the situation.
Mike Williams, co-owner of Elite 1 MMA, stated the following on behalf of himself, his brother, and his father:
“We are very happy that we got the reinstatement out of the way lifted by the commission.
We are not finished with this yet, there is a lot of damage to us, that has to be addressed and several changes that have to be made and we intend to keep moving on it till we are happy with the outcome.
There is still a lot more to come out and the reinstatement news is just the beginning. Meetings have been taking place all week by everyone involved in this situation. Now we all have to all get together to rectify the situation and that should be done on Monday. An appointment is scheduled for all parties involved on Monday afternoon.
When everything is said and done it will still turn a lot of heads and it will all make sense and be more clear to everyone.
In the next few days people will realize who the real victims were.”
Top MMA News left several messages for Jerry Doiron-Gould on October 2, but they went unanswered.