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Police issue arrest warrant for Nate Diaz after Street Brawl video

LockerRoom Team
25 April 2023

Following a Bourbon Street altercation that went viral, New Orleans police have issued an arrest warrant for Nate Diaz on charges of second-degree violence.

The charge was verified by NOPD spokesman Karen A. Boudrie to MMA Fighting on Monday night, but she was unable to offer more information about the warrant.

According to Boudrie, the NOPD filed the allegation after obtaining video of the alleged event in which Diaz reportedly choked an unresponsive Rodney Peterson who resembled Logan Paul during an altercation that spilled outside of a bar. Later, Peterson flaunted a horrific head wound and threatened to exact revenge on Diaz, who had travelled to New Orleans to cheer on teammate Chris Avila in a match at Misfits Boxing 6.

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According to Boudrie, police on Bourbon Street were summoned to break up a significant brawl. A police officer can be seen in the video attempting to break up the fight that was spilling out of the bar, but he missed a blond-haired man with fallen unconscious to the concrete, later identified as Peterson.

The NOPD then issued a statement regarding the altercation and Diaz's accusation.

“At or about 2:10am on Saturday April 22- NOPD’s Bourbon Street. Promenade officers and supervisors were alerted to a large altercation in the 400 block of Bourbon St. The officers were able to disperse the crowd. Witness alerted the officers to a white male subject who was believed to be unconscious. A short time later, the subject regained consciousness. Officers observed the subject was bleeding from the rear of his head and EMS was summoned to render aid. After investigation, an arrest warrant was issued for Nate Diaz. He has been charged with second degree battery. He is not in custody at this time.”

In Louisiana, the second-degree battery is a felony that carries a maximum eight-year prison sentence "with or without hard labour," a $2,000 fine, or both.

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