January 22, 2006 at 2:38 AM HST - Updated July 1 at 10:56 PM
Professional fighter Jason "Mayhem" Miller was suspended indefinitely Saturday by Icon Sport from participating in future bouts.
Miller is set to stand trial next month on a charge of first degree burglary.
"I feel so close to Hawaii as my home, as my family, that I feel like I just threw the Thanksgiving turkey out the window or something," said Miller. It was his first public comments about the incident.
"Jason feels terrible about this whole thing," said David Hayakawa, Miller's attorney. "We're trying to resolve all these matters."
Police say on December 16th, Miller forced his way into his ex-girlfriend's apartment and attacked her new boyfriend. Miller turned himself into police later that evening.
Burglary includes entering a house without permission, while committing a crime.
"Mixed-martial arts is now mainstream," said T. Jay Thompson, president of Icon Sport. "With that, our company has to be responsible for our own actions as well as the actions of our athletes. Our athletes also have to be responsible for their actions."
Thompson said he "had to do what was right" and suspend Miller. He said with the popularity of the sport, many fans now idolize these athletes, and the athletes need to be held at a higher standard.
"The biggest thing to me is the kids who are too young to really understand what's going on," said Miller. "I don't want them to think it's acceptable."
Miller faces up to 10 years in jail, and a $10,000 fine if convicted.
Miller was scheduled to fight Icon Sport champion Robbie Lawler February 18th. That fight has been postponed.
Instead, Lawler will fight former champ Falaniko Vitale on February 25th. All tickets for the Miller-Lawler will be honored at the later event.