Former UFC middleweight champion and current ONE Championship Vice President Rich Franklin was detained at Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday after being mistakenly identified as a convicted felon.
Franklin, according to his publicist, Daphne Ortiz, was on his way home to Cincinnati, Ohio, following a trip to Singapore, where he works as a vice president for Asian mixed martial arts promotion ONE Championship and travels to and from every couple of months. He had a one-hour layover in Los Angeles, where he planned to relax, but was instead handcuffed by immigration officials, led through a an estimated crowd of 500 people, and put into a cell without being told why he was being detained.
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Officials eventually cleared Franklin – who shares the same name and state of residence as a convicted felon – and sent him back to the pre-check area where he is registered with the airlines.
A quick check of felons registered in Ohio, where Franklin resides, in fact, revealed three individuals that share the same name. Two of them are currently ….View original article