In the aftermath of a fight that went viral on Bourbon Street, the police in New Orleans issued an arrest warrant for a man named Nate Diaz on the allegation that he committed second-degree violence.
Monday evening, Karen A. Boudrie, a spokesperson for the New Orleans Police Department, confirmed the charge (per MMA Fighting). However, she was unable to provide any other information regarding the warrant.
Boudrie stated that the charge was made after the New Orleans Police Department gathered clips of the incident in which Diaz is believed to have choked Rodney Peterson, who resembles Logan Paul, unconscious after a fight that broke out outside of a bar. Peterson reportedly displayed a gruesome head wound and promised vengeance against Diaz, who was in New Orleans to support Chris Avila in a fight that was scheduled to take place at Misfits Boxing 6.
According to Boudrie, the police were summoned to Bourbon Street to break up a massive fight. In the footage, an officer can be seen trying to calm down the fight that was breaking out of the pub, but he fails to notice a man with blond hair who is later identified as Peterson and who falls backward unconscious onto the ground.
After the incident, the New Orleans Police Department issued a statement regarding the fight as well as the complaint that was brought against Diaz.
“At or about 2:10 am on Saturday, April 22- NOPD’s Bourbon Street. Promenade officers and supervisors were alerted to a large altercation in the 400 block of Bourbon St,” the statement read. “The officers were able to disperse the crowd. A witness alerted the officers to a white male subject who was believed to be unconscious. A short time later, the subject regained consciousness. Officers observed the subject was bleeding from the rear of his head and EMS was summoned to render aid. After investigation, an arrest warrant was issued for Nate Diaz. He has been charged with second-degree battery. He is not in custody at this time.”
Any act that causes substantial bodily injury is considered a second-degree battery, however, a medical professional acting with the patient’s consent is exempt from this definition.
La RS 14:34.1 says that anyone who is found guilty of second-degree battery must pay a fine of no more than $2,000 or spend no more than eight years in jail with or without hard labor, or both.
After another disagreement at the arena where the influencer boxing event was being held, Diaz tossed a water bottle at Chase DeMoor, which sparked a dispute that required security personnel to step in. This led to the street brawl that followed.