A Day Late and A Dollar Short for "The Crow"Posted on May 5, 2010, 12:38 AM by Joey Santosus
David "The Crow" Loiseau has officially been vindicated from any and all claims of criminal affiliations, as reported by CagePotato.com. Loiseau is said to have contacted CagePotato directly to report he has in fact, been granted his fighter's license by "The Regie des Alcools, des Courses et des Jeux" (Regulators of Alcohol, Racing and Gaming), which he had previously been unable to obtain due to accusations made by the RACJ that he had ties with organized crime. Unfortunately, the granting of such license comes beyond the expiration date of his scheduled bout.
"The Crow", as he is known by fans, was scheduled to square off with John Salter in Montreal in just a short week and a half. However, just one day before he was given the green light, the UFC announced his replacement as fellow UFC contender, Jason MacDonald.
According to the Canadian MMA pioneer the baseless accusations surfaced several months following his decision to sell off his share of XMMA, a promotion based in Quebec. Apparently, following a thural investigation by law-enforcement, the organization's new owners were allegedly determined to have ties to a criminal enterprise. David Loiseau was quoted:
“It’s ridiculous how they came up with this reasoning that I’m somehow involved with organized crime. It would be like me selling a car and the guy I sell it to is a criminal and he uses it to do a crime. Would I be held responsible for that or be investigated by the police because of it? Absolutely not,” an emotional Loiseau told CagePotato today. “They knew I wasn’t involved with those guys, but they were trying to prove a point that they were going to be tough on guys like this. They tried to make me out to look like Wesley Snipes from New Jack City. I don’t drink, have never so much as smoked a cigarette or done drugs and I’ve never even been in a street fight in my life and now I’m made out to be some gangster. It’s crazy.”
According to Loiseau, he later learned the basis for their claim extended from a handshake.
“Apparently someone [from the RACJ] saw me shaking hands with the wrong person at one of the shows. I had no idea who these guys were,” Loiseau explained. “It’s my job to greet my fans and to represent the sport no matter if the people who want a picture and an autograph are white, yellow, black, brown, male, female, adult, child – I don’t care who you are; I’m not going to ask people what group they’re from or if they have any criminal affiliation when they want to shake my hand or take a photo. Show me one other athlete would do that?”
Undoubtedly "The Crow" is happy that the truth has finally come to light, and his license has been granted, but the damage to his reputation and his financial loss are irrepairable.
“Man, I honestly can’t believe this happened. It was humiliating. I haven’t slept in three days. I’ve been cutting weight because I was confident this would get sorted out. Now, even though it’s been proven that I’m innocent, my reputation and credibility has been damaged. I’m trying to decide what to do next, but taking legal action against the commission is definitely something I’m looking at,” said Loiseau, who recently inked a four-fight deal with the UFC. “I’ve done so much to build this sport in Quebec. I was the first fighter from here to fight in the UFC, which opened the door for guys like Patrick Cote, Jonathan Goulet and GSP to fight in there. I try to give back to the community and the sport as much as I can. This was such a huge slap in the face that I’m actually still kind of in shock.”Source to be Cited: http://www.cagepotato.com/exclusive-loiseau-vindicated-false-criminal-affiliation-granted-license-quebec-0