A South Carolina man reportedly hospitalized his cousin by cutting
him with pocket knife after watching mixed martial arts on
pay-per-view this past weekend.
According to a report filed by The State, a daily newspaper
headquartered in Columbia, S.C., Jason Sparks, 37, has been charged
with aggravated assault. Sparks had reportedly been watching MMA
over the weekend when he allegedly engaged another viewer in a
“Three individuals were watching MMA, at which point two men got
into a play match,” Curtis Wilson, a spokesman for the Richland
County Sheriff’s Department, stated in the report. “These
individuals had been drinking prior to the incident.”
Sparks reportedly came out on the losing end of the bout, and his
cousin then stepped in to prevent further friction between the
“The suspect then accused his cousin of going against his own
family [and] pulled out a pocket knife with which he then cut the
victim in the upper body,” Wilson stated in the report.
Sparks and his girlfriend then reportedly drove his bleeding cousin
to Providence Hospital Northeast. En route, Sparks allegedly
assaulted the victim again while in the vehicle. When Sheriff’s
deputies arrived at the hospital, they arrested Sparks, according
to the report.