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Motocross Champ's Bad Week Gets Worse

2/12/2009 4:03 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Brian DeeganMotocross legend Brian Deegan was arrested for an alleged bar brawl on Saturday ... the same day his best friend sustained injuries in a bike crash that would later take his life.

Deegan was arrested for suspicion of assault after a throwdown at the iLounge bar in Orange County, where he allegedly sliced open a patron's face by hitting him with a glass.

The same day, Brian's best friend, Jeremy Lusk, sustained major injuries during a botched back flip at a freestyle motocross event in Costa Rica. Lusk never regained consciousness after the wreck -- and passed away on Tuesday.


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maria pitbulljen big l    

virgen single heart og gold and a spirit and much more

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maria pitbulljen big l    

one more thing i know brian , marissa and there kids very very well thats why i did what i did and said what i saiid jeremy lusk pitbull

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maria pitbulljen big l    

I know them so well u have no idea how well I know them that's why brian wont do or say anything couse hes chicken and marissa is paranoid jelouse and metalyy sick she takes meds couse shes a freak oh Hudson is marias baby period

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maria pitbulljen big l    

last thing I don't want to argue with no one so I stop hear Jeremy lusk just telling the truth I nwever lie

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maria pitbulljen big l    

i know what i am saying i never lie after all i am very spiritual and wel i just know its in my heart my heart has no dowts and never lies. just that love care respect peace on earth virgen single heart of gold even a spirit and much much more. people who realy loved me then and know beleive me the rest dont and i know who they are

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maria pitbulljen big l    

this is how much i know them marissa degan is a lesbian she had the kids from deffrent men and she raped this young boys just because she can so she had the 2 kids defrent dads. marissa is paranoid jelouse mentaly sick shes not religios just mentaly sick she drinks alcohol every day gets drunk goes to the casino spends money she looses watches the comp to see if everyone says about her she had kids over then she fuigers them. brian deegan is gay has no dick or balls gas womens voice he has petter pan syndrome never greew up brian takes peoples money he dont care for his fans period brian l and marisa are rich famouse powerful and they get away with it in all the wrong way spioled rotton they do what they want to anyone or anything they dont care the kids are the same as there parents. marissa deegan takes meds couse shes mentaly sick brian uses steroids i heard they might have aids or herpes specialy from a kid who use to play with one of the kids she spent many times at there home playingenough said i said the truth u all can think what u want but i spke the truth from my heart and no one can take that way from me period no matter what u aLL SAY OK

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maria pitbulljen big l    

I TOLD THE TRUTH CAN NEVER GOW RONG WTIH THAT EXEPT PEOPLE WHO ARE IGNORANT LIKE U ALL BUT IN MY HEART MY HEART NEVER LIES. BESIDES I CAN SAY AND DO WHAT I WANT THE TRUTH THATS WHY BRIAN DEEGAN WELL HE CANT HANDLE REAL WOMEN LIKE MARIA HE DONT HAVE WHAT IT TAKES BALLS OR DICK NOT EVEN HEART COUSE HES NOT A MAN AND THATS WHY HES WITH MARISSA THE FREAK . HAVE A NICE DAY I WILL AND HAPPY MOVED ON U SEE REAL PEOPLE LIKE ME AND MARIA WE DID IT MARIA IS A REAL WOMEN AND ME JEREMY LUSK REAL MAN. BRIAN DEEGAN NEEDS TO GROW UP MATURE BE RESPONSABLE AND LISTEN TO HIS HEART AND MY FRIEND HE HASINT

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clepatra    

clepatra got pregnant from mark anthon y even had a baby boy together

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clepatra    

I DONT WANT NOTHING TO DO WITH U ALL NOT BRIAN R MORGAN OR BRIAN DEEGAN OR THERE FAMILY AND FRIENDS I JUST WANT TO MOVE ON U SEE WHEN U ALL SENT ME TO JAIL I CHANGED EVEN MY FEELINGS THOUGHTS DESIRES WANTS NEED ALL CHANGED I CHANGED PERIOD BROKEN HEART CAN GET BETTER BUT IT CANT FORGET DONT CARE WHAT U ALL SAY AND DO WONT MATTER TO ME NOT EVEN YOUR KIIDS CAN MAKE ME CHANGE MY HEART I JUST WABNT TO MOVE ON

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clepatra    

we all have our way of been religios right brian?



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By MATT HIGGINS

Published: August 1, 2009


CARSON, Calif. — Brian Deegan and his band of freestyle motocross riders called the Metal Mulisha wore black and were covered in tattoos. They brawled, cursed and stirred up trouble. In their sport, they were the bad guys.

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Christian Hosoi, a rival to Tony Hawk, became an associate pastor after battling drug addiction.


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Brian Deegan found religion after a near-fatal crash in 2005.


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Nate Adams, a Christian, was part pariah during freestyle motocross’ early days.

So when Deegan was baptized, he wondered what his fans would think.

After a near-fatal crash in 2005 while attempting a back flip during filming for a television show, he lost a kidney and four pints of blood, and found religion. When a surgeon told him he might not survive, Deegan, 34, who has won more freestyle motocross medals at the X Games than any other rider, made a pact with God. If he lived, he would mend his ways. When he finally pulled through, he sought a pastor, began reading the Bible and “gave his life to Christ,” he said.

Soon his fellow freestyle riders Jeremy Lusk, Ronnie Faisst and Jeremy Stenberg, who is known as Twitch, began attending Bible study with Deegan.

“All the heavy hitters of the Mulisha are born-again Christians,” Deegan said. “I started tripping. ‘What are the fans going to think?’ I started getting nervous.”

Action sports like freestyle motocross and skateboarding were founded as antiestablishment activities. But events like the X Games, taking place this week in and around Los Angeles, have made them more mainstream. And as the sport’s culture has changed, some have recognized a greater profile for religion.

It is difficult to chart when attitudes toward religion began shifting in action sports. But several years ago, ESPN began receiving credential requests for members of the clergy to accompany athletes at the X Games.

The case of Nate Adams is instructive, too. As a Christian, Adams was part pariah during the early days of freestyle motocross.

“We tried to pick him apart,” Deegan said. “But you had to respect him. He always ripped on a dirt bike. And now Nate Adams is one of our best friends.”

Skateboarding, too, has been transformed somewhat.

Christian Hosoi, 41, was a high-flying rival to Tony Hawk during the 1980s. On Sunday, he will compete in the Legends event at the X Games.

“I was such a rebel against conforming to government or society because we skateboarders were so radical and we wanted to be outlaws,” he said about his professional heyday. “We were totally individuals, image-driven. It was more a lifestyle.”

Drug addiction derailed Hosoi. He spent nearly five years in prison after pleading guilty to possession with intent to distribute crystal methamphetamine. He was released in 2004 but not before embracing Christianity.

“There wasn’t another option back in my day,” Hosoi said about the image he fostered as a professional skater. “It was either you were hard core against it all, or you’re not cool and you’re out.”

Today, Hosoi is an associate pastor at a church in Huntington Beach, Calif., and he travels the world as an evangelist.

“I’m using my popularity, the history, my image and my accomplishments to preach the gospel,” he said.

Deegan is on a similar mission. At an X Games tribute to Lusk on Saturday before the freestyle motocross finals at the Home Depot Center, Deegan said a short prayer, thanking the Lord for Lusk’s talent on a motorbike. Lusk, who won the gold medal in freestyle at the 2008 Games, died of head injuries sustained in a crash during a competition in February.

Before taking part in the ceremony, Deegan weighed the potential effect on his image.

“In the end I said, who’s more radical than us?” Deegan said. “Everything we do is full-on. Once we went to church, we were full-on Christians, too. And we’re going to go for it. On the mic, I’ll say it. On TV, say it. The next thing you know, I have way more people pumped on me.”

But for many in skateboarding, proselytizing carries a stigma.

“There are Jews and Muslims and Buddhists,” said Jake Phelps, the editor of Thrasher magazine, which covers the sport. “They all have their own special brand of what they believe in. As far as where its place is in skateboarding, it’s pretty much don’t ask, don’t tell.”

Jereme Rogers, 24, a skateboarder who has competed in the X Games and proclaimed his faith in tattoos, is an exception. He was arrested in May after preaching naked from his apartment rooftop in Redondo Beach, Calif. Rogers apologized, and he retired the next month.

Paul Rodriguez, who won his third gold medal in skateboard street Saturday at the X Games, considers himself a nondenominational Christian. With a tattoo of Jesus on a forearm and a Day of the Dead graphic on his board, Rodriguez, 24, won the event with a series of tricks down a dozen stairs.

Nyjah Huston, 14, of Huntington Beach, Calif., won silver and Adam Dyet of Salt Lake City, earned bronze, the first X Games medal for either skater.

During competitions, Rodriguez removes his hat and says a prayer before a run, sometimes repeating the ritual. “It calms me down,” he said.

His agent, Circe Wallace, initially had reservations about Rodriguez’s spirituality, saying that she was “concerned as management how his relationship with God would affect his career, in terms of certain people’s perception or judgment, and kids not as enthusiastic about buying his products.”

Rodriguez, who says he does not talk about his faith except to those who ask, took more grief for signing an endorsement deal with Nike. Some skaters contended it amounted to selling out.

“When people think like, How does this affect your career, sales, and this and that, you’ve just got to be you,” Rodriguez said.

For Deegan, that means living as he believes a Christian should and trying to set a good example for those around him.

“I wouldn’t say our whole team has been saved,” he said. “We still have our punk rebel dudes that sin, but I’m not going to judge.”

NOTES

In the BMX freestyle park finals Saturday, Scotty Cranmer of Jackson, N.J., won gold, his fourth medal in the discipline at the X Games, landing a double back flip tailwhip in the final seconds of competition. Diogo Canina of Brazil won silver for the second straight year, and Gary Young of San Diego earned the bronze. ... In the skateboard vert final, Pierre-Luc Gagnon, 29, won the gold medal for the second straight year. With a little more than a minute remaining in competition, Gagnon, of Carlsbad, Calif., broke a tie with Bucky Lasek, who won the silver medal, by executing a run of powerful spinning maneuvers. Gagnon finished with a score of 93 to Lasek’s 91. Andy Macdonald, 36, who has competed at all 15 X Games, won bronze, his 18th medal, the most by any skateboarder.

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