Frank Trigg and his wife, Nicole, have been embroiled in a divorce media frenzy. According to an online mag-rag, Trigg was arrested for domestic violence against his wife, and then subsequently fired from HDNet for his actions.
In an interview on Monday's edition of The MMA Hour, responding to those charges, Trigg said: "I’ve never been arrested, I’ve never been picked up, I’ve never been convicted of anything ever in my life other than a speeding ticket," he said. "That’s the only thing I’ve ever been convicted of. That’s it. So I don’t know where this other stuff is coming from. I have no idea what’s going on, but I’ve never been charged with any crime ever in my life, ever, other than speeding and maybe a couple illegal parkings."
Regarding his job with HDNet, Trigg said that when HDNet was nearing an agreement with Seacrest Media, AEG and Creative Artists Agency to rebrand the channel, there were internal concerns about how such an incident may be perceived: "They were very nervous because of the affiliation that someone with a vendetta could make public statements about me that were untrue and inflammatory," he said.
Basically he's saying that while HDNet let him go because of the incident, it's not because they feel he's guilty of the abuse, but because they do not want to be found guilty-by-association: "There’s nothing I could do about it, because once it’s on the internet, it’s on the internet. They couldn’t take the chance with a loose cannon being out there, and that’s exactly what happened. That’s 100 percent what happened."
He expands further: "You can’t fault HDNet for trying to save their company and trying to expand their network and what they’re trying to do with their network by letting me go. They were scared of what was going to happen, and it happened."
Out of respect, I have refrained from commenting on the ensuing circus, however, Melissa Ingram, a representative of Media Partners, Trigg's PR company, just released a statement provided by Frank Trigg's camp addressing the reports that recently surfaced about Frank and his family.
"First and foremost, we would like to make it very clear that the reports are completely false. Although Frank would like to personally address every detail of what has been said, a court order prevents both Frank (and his ex-wife) from talking about their pending divorce in this light. Despite what appears to be an obvious breach by his ex-wife, Frank will continue to abide by the order instituted. More importantly, Frank has three young children whose interests are paramount to any form of this he-said she-said trial by public opinion. He asks that the public please respect his privacy and that of his children as they transition into their lives post-divorce. Frank would also like to thank his fans, friends and family for their support during this extremely difficult time. Thank you!"
So there you have it - the Trigg's divorce is their business, and for those Knoxville mixed martial arts fans who were wondering the status of this issue, wonder no more. He's not going to talk about it, and yes, he's no longer working for HDNet.