B.J. Penn has reportedly been released after video footage captured the legendary UFC champion in handcuffs.
Footage of Penn's arrest first appeared on MMA Reddit. He was reportedly arrested and subsequently released on suspicion of DUI. Penn can be seen shouting expletives towards the camera filming the incident.
BJ Penn clearly drunk as he’s arrested. I hope he receives the assistance he needs... pic.twitter.com/5Idv7tXSl7— Michael Morgan (@mikewhoatv) January 25, 2021
“B.J. Penn was arrested on (Jan. 23, 2021) in Honoka’a for driving under the influence,” Hawaii Police Department spokesperson Denise Laitinen said in a written statement to MMA Junkie. “He has been released pending investigation.”
Penn, 42, has had several run-ins with the law in recent years. He faced DUI suspicions last February following a single-car motor vehicle crash in his hometown of Hilo.
Professionally, "The Prodigy" has not competed since a 2019 unanimous decision loss to Clay Guida. He is currently on a seven-fight losing streak and has not picked up a win since TKOing Matt Hughes back in 2010.