Ever since the news of Christy Mack’s alleged beating at the hands of Jon Koppenhaver, AKA War Machine, people have been divided into two camps: fans or supporters of Christy Mack, and fans or supporters of Koppenhaver.
Mack’s case has become a rallying cry for opponents of domestic violence. She has tweeted photos of her recovery, listed details about her injuries and the surgeries she is undergoing to fix the damage.
Meanwhile, Koppenhaver has friends in the MMA fandom world. Not everyone supports him, of course. But there is a vocal bunch who do. They call Mack names, insult and shame her, and accuse her of faking the severity of her injuries.
Some of these people send money and letters to Koppenhaver in jail, thanks to his brother who coordinates those efforts. Not all who support him are abusive, but some are.
When Koppenhaver attempted suicide recently, an event that seemed to coincide with Mack’s latest batch of recovery photos, that vocal bunch lashed out at Christy Mack.
Now Koppenhaver is reaching out to his fans, and he has a message for them:
Christy Mack deserved this, but leave her alone. He tweeted:
"I have cheated on women, I have lied, I have hurt people, and I have slept with women in relationships. Nobody is innocent, we have all earned the pain we receive, and if you look hard enough, you will find it. When you find that you truly are the one responsible for it all, it really hurts, the guilt is devastating…forgiving yourself at that point then becomes even harder than forgiving the ones who originally ‘wronged you’.
"If you are a fan of mine please don't harass Christy, just let her be. Don't respond to all the people spewing hate against me. If you’re a fan of mine, just please analyze and learn from my situation, and apply it to your own life.
"I deserved this, she deserved this, he deserved this, and we are also all innocent at the same time. I just hope to one day have the opportunity to put this new way of thinking to use, out there in the real world. I can’t wait until this court nightmare is over and I can begin the next chapter in my life.”
While seeming to be apologetic for what he is charged with doing, Koppenhaver somehow comes to the conclusion that Mack “deserved this.”
In the past, he has also written that he ‘forgives her’ for what she did to him.
The matter is in the hands of the courts in Clark County, Nevada now. Unless Koppenhaver’s defense team can cut the deal they want.