Donny Aaron, the husband and coach of UFC fighter Andrea Lee, received attention in June when an Instagram photo showed the swastika tattoo on his arm. This month, police say he assaulted Lee and is on the run.
According to a Shreveport PD incident report obtained by MyMMANews, MMA fighter Andy Nguyen told police that Aaron and Lee were arguing while they watched UFC 227 on Aug. 4 at the couple’s home in Louisiana. Nguyen went to bed but heard them still arguing. When she left her bedroom to see the commotion, she saw Aaron allegedly trying to put out a cigarette on his wife. Lee ran from the house and went to a hotel, and Aaron fled when the cops arrived. Nguyen is a friend of Lee’s and has been trained by Aaron. Below are excerpts of Nguyen’s statement to police, via MyMMANews:
“I’m in the bedroom, I’m trying to sleep, in their house. I can hear them complaining about how Mighty Mouse got robbed. Now the fights were done. I hear Donny yelling down. I sat up in the bed and I’m like ‘what the hell is going on?’ I get a text message from Donny’s mom asking if she needed to come over there. I was like ‘no.’ Then I hear more yelling, he’s cussing her out. So I opened my door and she (Andrea) runs into her daughter’s room. Donny is trying to burn a cigarette on her arm and her body. She’s yelling to stop trying to burn her. Donny’s dad is the only one helping me. His dad is like 70 or 80 years old. There’s another guy named Kendrick there who is this big strong guy, who wouldn’t get out of his room to help me. He put on his headphones and was like ‘this happens all the time.’ He just tuned it out.
“At the time I was not in shock that it was happening, I was just panicking. I ran back into my room and text his mom and said ‘ I do not want to call the cops. Can you come here?’ This was at about 1:30 a.m. (now August 5). I fell back asleep. I wake up at 4:30 a.m. I still here Donny. At 4:30 his mom and dad had left. I turn on my lights and open door so Donny knows I’m awake. Usually he does crazy stuff behind closed doors. I went to the kitchen. I hear them bickering. Then it got quiet. I thought maybe they were done. Then all of a sudden I heard a grunt and the dog was in the kennel and started barking. I can hear her saying “stop, stop.” I opened up the door and was like “Donny, leave her alone.” He looked like he was lost. He hadn’t slept in two days. He was drinking for two fucking days straight. I don’t know what he is on. I’m backing up as he is coming towards me. Andrea was buttoning up her shorts and she was barefoot and ran out the back door.
“They had been arguing all week. She couldn’t train because he kept her home. He wouldn’t let her leave. I didn’t call the cops until it got physical and I couldn’t do nothing anymore.
“He was trying to choke her, but she was defending herself well. She didn’t get beat up bad. The police did take pictures of marks on her neck. Wasn’t bad this time. No black eyes or anything but he has hit her before. I just wasn’t there. He was my coach and my friend. This was the first time this was in presence and I was not going to let this fly.
“The domestic violence has been going on for years. I just never saw it. Here’s another the thing. The UFC and many other people offered Donny FREE tattoo cover up and he still never did it. You see online, the small swastika on his elbow. I have a bigger picture of a bigger tattoo on the shoulder that nobody knows about. All he had to do was cover the little one but he didn’t. I would have done it for my wife to save her career but he didn’t. This is shitty. It’s not Andrea’s fault. She is sweet and kind and she forgave him all the time. This time, this is it.”
Whenever Aaron is found, he’ll face potential charges of false imprisonment and domestic abuse battery. Aaron is a former policeman who was found guilty of negligent homicide in 2009 and went to prison after shooting an unarmed man seven times in 2005. While awaiting trial, he was jailed for allegedly beating up his ex-wife’s fiancé. When he received criticism for his Nazi tattoo, which he received in prison, he apologized but said he didn’t want to cover it up so he could remember his past. Lee also came to his defense, twice.