UFC Hall of Famer and former light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz came under fire recently as he was accused of “poisoning” people while delivering food packages to residents of Huntington Beach, California.
“The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” has begun a new stage in his life as he was elected to Huntington Beach’s city council in November. Earlier this week, Ortiz participated in a food giveaway at the Oak View Community Center parking lot when he got approached for not wearing a mask. The Huntington Beach Bad Boys and protestors got into a heated verbal exchange and it was caught on camera.
In an interview with CBS Los Angeles, Gina Clayton-Tarvin, who serves on the Board of Trustees for Ocean View, said, “Having close contact with little children like [Ortiz] did today and leaning into strollers and into car windows with no mask on is unacceptable to us. This is a public health emergency.”
“People are going ‘What’s going on?’ and there’s a guy with a loudspeaker, telling people in Spanish that I’m poisoning them,” Ortiz said on his official social media. “I’m trying to give them poison food. Don’t accept food from me. All my fans know how much I give back during Christmas time and for him to do that is embarrassing.“
The 45-year-old professional mixed martial arts veteran holds a professional record of 21-12.