Toronto Police Drop Pierson
The article quotes Toronto Police spokesman Mark Pugash saying that fighting in the UFC was not the problem, his former nickname was. Pugash stated:
“In this case, it wasn’t what he was doing. It’s that you have a name that I think most people would agree is not appropriate for a police officer.”
Pierson was given the nickname by a promoter years ago but has tried to distance himself from it for a while now.
Pugash also stated that the amount of time to train for the UFC may interfere with the his job. “It’s the concern that it requires a level of commitment that takes away from his ability to be a proper police office,” said Pugash.
Pierson stated that he will re-apply to the force in three or four years.