Former UFC lightweight Junie Browning spoke publicly for the first time Tuesday, exactly one week after he reportedly consumed 16 pills of the anti-anxiety medication Klonopin in an attempt to overdose and allegedly assaulting three nurses when treated at the St. Rose Dominican Hospital in Henderson, Nev.
Browning spoke to the media at former Xtreme Couture trainer Shawn Tompkins' house to issue an apology to the nurses, his supporters and Tompkins, who drove Browning to the hospital and had taken the fighter under his wings.
"I'm going to continue working on the problems I have, but again I want to apologize to everyone that was involved," Browning told Raw Vegas in the video above. "It was a horrible thing that happened."
Browning was promptly released from his UFC contract the following day of the incident, which included an arrest for the hospital assault. Tompkins has said in interviews that Browning's fight career is most likely over, but Browning admits that fighting is the least of his worries for now.
"At this point I'm not just concerned with making myself a better fighter," Browning said. "I mean, that's the obvious. I have a lot more issues than that. I'm also trying to improve myself as a person. If I have to get help -- I'm going to do whatever I have to do to better myself as a person."