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Dashawn Longfellow, a former US Marine, but also a Thai Boxer? Sure? That, I read first time.
Posted by Alfred on December 13, 2011 14:31
Some of these guys that come here to do Muay Thai obviously aren't 100% in the head.
Posted by phuket madness on December 13, 2011 15:00
Isn't Thai Boxing supposed to be the "calmest" of all contact sports where the only violence is acted out in the ring? These guys are as bad as the jet-ski thugs.
Posted by petr on December 13, 2011 15:20
In the 3rd photo there is a policeman standing. Why did he not take charge of arresting Mr Browning, or was he only in the picture to look good in his uniform? Maybe he was too junior to be able to do anything or be of any use?
Posted by Robin on December 13, 2011 15:48
Unfortunately, most of the falang Muay Thai fighters have no real interest in the sport and come to Thailand merely to learn to become bigger thugs back in their home country. Sad, but true.
Posted by Hieronymous on December 13, 2011 15:59
Posted by Hulkster on December 13, 2011 16:29
I was at the bar where this lunatic lashed out at everybody.I was also at Patong Hospital after he had hit a doctor, nurse and two of my friends. At the time he was outside the hospital surrounded by at least four policemen. HOW COULD HE ESCAPE??
Posted by dave l on December 13, 2011 18:21
His hotel will have Passport details, His training camp will have details, easy to pick him up. But why a 500 baht fine? Introduce some real fines, the same as their own country.
Posted by law on December 13, 2011 19:40
Let's not forget the effect of pretty much over the counter roid sales and that many come here to train and bulk up on a cycle.
Posted by Livinlos on December 13, 2011 19:48
poor kid, the cops will beat this kid up when they arrest him, you don't punch a nurse for free here!
Posted by Duk on December 13, 2011 20:00
More MMA thugs... typical.
Posted by Joe Shjo on December 13, 2011 21:38
Poor kid, Duk he's an animal that needs sorting out and banging up in the lovely sweat box that is phuket prison, they'll sort his anger management problems out by putting on the leg and waist chains and introducing him to Mr billy club .He hit innocent men and women along with a couple of our fantastic nurses and a doctor who were trying to help him, fiveyears or more in the jug on poor rations in the gladiator school of jail should see him greatly diminished upon release.
Posted by Scunner on December 13, 2011 22:16
If only the news could post something without bias? You guys really think this is all there is to the story? Everyone who posts and reads draws an opinion.... but that doesn't make them fact.
Posted by Really? on December 13, 2011 22:19
Yes, Alfred, Dashawn was in Thailand studying Thai boxing.
Posted by friend of family on December 13, 2011 23:38
Anger-rage is side affect of anabolic steroid use....hmmm
Posted by Anonymous on December 14, 2011 00:13
Classic story, right down to the reference to fighting with an Aussie named Simon Wilson Menzies who either is the guy who threatened to blow a plane up or someone who took his name:
Posted by Koga on December 14, 2011 01:58
"British Thai boxer Lee Aldhouse is currently appealing against extradition to Thailand to face a charge that he murdered another Thai boxer, American Dashawn Longfellow, on Phuket in September, 2010."
Posted by Soapbox on December 14, 2011 09:08
Posted by Media Watcher on December 14, 2011 09:47
We're not slaves to the dictionary, media watcher. Our rationale has been explained more than once. We are not always able to determine quickly whether a person is a tourist or an expat resident - and there are cases where it's difficult to tell, without access to visa information. How many months does it take living here before a tourist becomes an expat? Rather than use Thai and non-Thai, foreigner or farang, we use the term expat because we prefer it, and because most people understand what it means when we use it. I won't respond to you again on this issue.
ed.... if his/her visa is a tourist visa not to difficult to figure out. whether here for 1 month or 6 months.
Posted by john s on December 14, 2011 15:44
It may surpise you to learn, john s, that we often write about what people do on Phuket before they show us their passports. Had we been in the bar before the brawl at the weekend, we would have said: 'OK, give us photocopies before you start throwing punches.' You may go around handing out photocopies to everyone. Most people are not that generous.
do u your homework before writing an article first. then maybe u wont receive comments
Posted by john s on December 14, 2011 17:11
What kind of ''homework'' are we supposed to do, john s, oh great guru of journalistic excellence? Spare us your lectures, please. People who know it all have no need to read phuketwan or any other online sites.
Sorry Ed, got to agree with those criticising the use of the word expat in your stories. By implication it infers that a person is living here...and as the VAST majority of foreigners don't, it's just simply wrong.
Posted by agogohome on December 15, 2011 09:21
You're entitled to an opinion, and we are entitled to chose the word we think works best.
Thanks for at least publishing 'my opinion'...but yours is still wrong and I guess you'll stick with it. lol
Posted by agogohome on December 15, 2011 12:36
Ed, an "ex-pat" is a highly qualified, professional executive usually working for a large corporation who is posted overseas to a high-level management position and commands a good salary with numerous benefits, usually including housing, a company car, etc. The fact that you continue to claim that ex-pat is the right term to use here shows that you have a poor command of the English language. As such, you should not be working as a newspaper editor.
Posted by Sir Marmaduke on December 15, 2011 16:34
The language is constantly being abused or adapted to suit day-to-day practical circumstances and we intend to do our bit, Sir Marmaduke. If you prefer to be called a ''foreigner'' or a ''non-Thai,'' we can make an exception for you. Perhaps by the time you wake up to the fact that Phuketwan is not a newspaper, we may have a word that suits situations where there's no telling whether those involved are tourists or residents. ''Marmadukes'' has a nice ring to it.
Please get of the Ed's case as the term is Expat and it is actually An expatriate (in abbreviated form, expat) is a person temporarily or permanently residing in a country and culture other than that of the person's upbringing.The word comes from the Latin terms ex ("out of") and patria ("country, fatherland").
Posted by Gaz B on December 15, 2011 17:07
You're not an expatriate if you don't have a nice apartment or house paid for by your employer back at home, and if you're not working on a long contract involving being posted to a foreign country, and usually enjoying other benefits such as a company car, comprehensive medical care, et cetera. The vast majority (over 90%) of so-called expatriated in Thailand are nothing of the sort. They're "extourists", or extended tourists. A true expat package, for Thailand, would be a salary of at least 150,000 baht a month. My company assists and supports expatriates in Bangkok and 150,000 baht is the minimum monthly salary your company must pay to qualify for our services. Anything less and you can't call yourself a true expatriate.
Posted by Expatriate James on December 18, 2011 21:18
You are just as wide of the mark as Sir Marmaduke, Expatriate James. You both live in dream worlds, but very different ones.
These people did not get the concept of thai boxing....probably they would fight even if they come here to learn meditation! He might have had a really complicated and difficult childhood....
Posted by Olly on December 19, 2011 14:46
From Webster's Dictionary:
Posted by Rs on December 19, 2011 19:01
This is terrible and extremely biased reporting. You updated the story with content from a Wikipedia article, but you failed to update the story with the highly detailed and relevant account of the incident from Browning and his girlfriend themselves. (For now, you can see the account by searching the phrase junie browning email.)
Posted by Be responsible on December 20, 2011 05:14
We haven't heard from Junie lately. Perhaps we ask too many questions.
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