Mixed martial arts superstar Israel Adesanya was arrested at JFK Airport Wednesday after allegedly trying to board a plane with brass knuckles, authorities said.
According to Port Authority police, the former UFC champion was attempting to walk through security around 2 p.m. when he was taken into custody by Transportation Security Administration personnel who discovered the prohibited item in his possession.
Brass knuckles are illegal to carry in New York and considered a Class A misdemeanor.
Adesanya, who was on his way home when he was stopped, was gifted the metal knuckles by a fan and cooperated with authorities throughout the ordeal, his manager Tim Simpson told TMZ in a statement.
“Israel was handed a gift by a fan, which he put in his luggage,” Simpson reportedly said in the statement. “When flagged at the airport, Israel quickly disposed of the item, and cooperated with authorities.
Simpson said Adesanya, 33, had already been released and was on his way to New Zealand, where he lives.