Gym instructor says Josh Neer ‘beatdown’ video blown out of proportion
The instructor of the martial arts school where [autotag]Josh Neer[/autotag] was caught on video elbowing and then kicking the face of another man said the incident is being blown out of proportion.
“It wasn’t the beatdown that that last 14 seconds makes everyone think,” Pete Peterson, the owner and head instructor of RoundKick gym in Urbandale, Iowa, today told MMAjunkie. “A lot of the trolls on the Internet just took off with it.”
Neer recently posted a video on his Facebook showing him beating on the man, identified later as Patrick Martin. In an interview, he told BloodyElbow.com that Martin had been harassing him online and extended an invitation to fight at the school.
Reaction to the video ranged from support for Neer to disgust at the punishment he dished out.
Neer’s words – and several reports of the ensuing incident – paint Martin as a near-stranger or heckler, but Peterson…
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