Ten organizers, promoters, a DJ, and security guard were arrested and charged with various COVID-19 emergency order violations, liquor law violations, and holding an event for a prohibited combative sport. All ten organizers were issued desk appearance tickets and slapped with $15,000 in fines for holding the event.
Two loaded guns were also seized at the event, as well as marijuana and alcohol, the Sheriff’s Office said. It is not clear if anyone had been arrested for possessing the guns.
The CEO of Rumble in the Bronx, 32-year-old Michael J. Roman, was among those arrested and issued fines for the event, according to the sheriff.
The underground fight club, founded by Roman, who goes by Killa Mike, is aimed at helping people ease tensions through boxing, rather than responding with gun violence, according to a 2018 feature on the group published in The Undefeated, a website covering race, sports, and culture. The group’s motto reads on Instagram, “GUNS DOWN GLOVES UP.”