Georges St-Pierre Comments On Support Of Drug Trafficker In New Letter
Posted by Joseph Lee on 06.30.2014
A letter to his fans...
MMA Junkie reports that Georges St-Pierre (25-2 MMA, 19-2 UFC) has written a letter explaining why he is supporting Jimmy Cournoyer, a friend of his who is waiting for his sentence after charges of drug trafficking and other crimes. GSP said he didn't know of the crimes until his arrest. The two became friends in 2009 over their love of martial arts. Cournoyer pleaded guilty in the US to several charges for marijuana and cocaine. He was eventually nicknamed the "King of Pot". As part of the deal, he also admitted to money laundering and being part of a conspiracy from 1998-2012. He will be sentenced on August 20.
June 29, 2014
A letter I signed in support of my friend Jimmy Cournoyer, who has recently pleased guilty to a number of drug traffic-related crimes in the U.S., has generated a great deal of controversy over the last few days.
First of all, the letter I signed was a mistake – my mistake. I will not go into detail as to why and how the letter came about because it's not going to right a wrong. I simply wanted to help repatriate Jimmy to a Canadian prison, closer to his family, if that was possible.
My friendship with Jimmy is based on our mutual passion for martial arts and going to the gym. I was not aware of Jimmy's crimes until he was arrested by the U.S. authorities. I do not condone any of his criminal actions. He will and should pay for his actions. My position against the use of drugs has been on record for years, and speaks for itself.
I have been to visit Jimmy in prison – twice so far. We also had many conversations since his arrest. Why? Because I believe in redemption, and I believe in loyalty. I will continue to support him – as a friend. In fact, if Jimmy leaves prison one day, I should be there to help him start over in a better way.
I want to unconditionally apologize to those who have been offended by my actions. But I often say that the wheel of life turns and turns, causing ups and down for each of us. I was also taught that a real friend is there to offer support at the best and the worst of times.