For the past few years Phoenix Jones, the self proclaimed “Guardian of Seattle“, has had some ups and downs in the real life superhero game. Over the past week it’s been a down but he did get to pull off his own Tony Stark-esque reveal.
Facing charges for assault for trying to break up a street fight (for more and the video of the altercation, visit our friends at FilmDrunk.com), Jones found himself stripped of his costume and crime fighting gear by police and facing down any superheros worst nightmare (real or otherwise), a public unmasking.
His secret identity is that of amateur MMA fighter Ben Fodor. When greeted outside the court room by the press, he had this to say:
“I’m Phoenix Jones. I’m also Ben Fodor. I’m a father. I’m also a brother. I’m just like everyone else. The only difference is, I decided to make a difference and stop crime in my neighborhood and my area,” said Fodor.
The 23-year-old was accused of assaulting several people outside a nightclub early Sunday morning, but no charges were filed in Thursday’s hearing when prosecutors told a judge they would need more time to decide whether to file charges in the case.
“The charges were false. The video shows that, the court hearing shows that. And I’m going to continue to do what I’ve always done and if you want to help me in any way, send me a message. Find me on Facebook,” said Fodor.
He invited the public to accompany him on a “patrol” in Seattle on Saturday at 10 p.m. at First and Pike, and then in true superhero fashion, he signed off by saying, “I’ll be on the streets.”
After reading that, I wanted to stand up and clap. I wanted to stand up and say “No, I’m Phoenix Jones”, in my best Spartacus like fashion. How can you not love this dude.
When he first started making the news last February, I have to admit, I found myself routing for him. Is it insane to dress up like a superhero and fight crime? Yes. Is it dangerous? Hell yes, but I can’t and won’t fault Fodor for doing what he does. Sure its a little weird, but weird isn’t bad. People that colour outside the lines keep life interesting. When all this washes through, I do hope its on his side.
I watched the video, the man just got messed up with drunken meatheads that don’t know you don’t run at the guy with the pepper spray. If you’ve ever found yourself outside a bar after closing time with meatheads in the area… hell, fighting or not I think what he did was for the greater good.
When they left the court room Matt Hartman, Phoenix Jones’ lawyer, said that Fodor “stands for all that is right and good.” I have to say, I agree.
FREE PHOENIX JONES!