On Friday afternoon, UFC flyweight Andrea Lee posted a lakeside photograph of herself and her husband Donny Aaron. MMA fans quickly noticed something unexpected in the picture: a swastika tattoo on Aaron’s left forearm.
Cursory research showed that he has the SS logo tattooed on his right forearm.
Aaron also serves as Lee’s coach, and he recently helped her win Fight of the Night honors at her UFC debut in Chile last month. After fans found out about his tattoos, he released a lengthy apology on the matter, in which he explained that he got them decades ago when he was in prison and that removing them or or covering them up is not an option. “These ‘scars’ tell my history which include a dark time when I was in prison,” he wrote. “However, they do not accurately represent who I am today as a person, my personal belief system and the respect I have for people of all races and religion. For 13 years I have tried to atone for my sins and seek forgiveness from those most certainly find my body reprehensible. I’ve, in most cases, gone to great lengths to always wear long sleeves in public setting.”
Aaron, a former police officer, was found guilty of negligent homicide in 2009 after shooting an unarmed man seven times in 2005. He was incarcerated ahead of that conviction in 2007 because he allegedly beat up his ex-wife’s fiancé while awaiting trial. Lee, the former LFA flyweight champion, spent the weekend defending Aaron (who is grateful that “Sharia law” hasn’t forced his wife to wear a burqa) from the “sensitive ass mofos” who assumed Aaron’s Nazi tattoos might have indicated a fondness for racist ideology.
She has “many ethnic friends,” after all.
Lee later apologized for tweeting, and defended Aaron again in a more carefully worded way.