How many of you guys actually think Badr Hari drives a KIA? Tiger Woods lost his Accenture sponsorship after the world found out he was aspiring to be a young Dolemite. Badr Hari flipped out on a downed Remy Bojansky at the 2008 K-1 World GP Final and still gets to keep his KIA endorsement. Just proves that Korean car companies are like the Junie Brownings of the automotive industry.
Back in March 2010, Badr Hari attempted to get into a Dutch nightclub but all efforts were thwarted by a bouncer who apparently didn’t receive the memo that you should never prevent access to an establishment if that person has competed in K-1 and MMA. An altercation broke out near the front door which left the doorman with a fractured eye socket and a broken nose. Badr Hari allegedly fled the scene and became a fugitive wanted by the police. Reports also came through that Badr Hari allegedly ‘went into hiding’ because he had an affair with the wife of a prominent Dutch mob boss. While in hiding, Badr Hari was unable to participate in the K-1 Grand Prix which forced FEG to find a late replacement in Ben Edwards, a guy that was already KOd by Alistair Overeem in spectacular fashion in October. Rumors even circulated that Badr Hari was murdered and (or) faked his own death, all of which were untrue.
Badr Hari eventually turned himself into the Dutch authorities, was booked for a couple days, and then became a free man. Well free in the sense that he was provisionally released from prison.
Everything was going well for Badr Hari in 2012 until he was involved in yet another brawl, this time he gave the owner of Amsterdam nightclub ‘Air’ a broken jaw after Hari kicked him in the head. It wasn’t just assault, however. Badr Hari was up for attempted manslaughter. Instead of a SWAT team breaking down his door, Badr Hari gave himself in, and was detained in prison while awaiting his trial. The Amsterdam court actually decided to let Hari return home while he awaited trial under the condition that he doesn’t talk to witnesses of the nightclub incident and he doesn’t visit any restaurants. Literally three days after Hari was released, he violated his parole and was incarcerated for three months.
Since then, Badr Hari released a hip-hop album, got into a street fight with DJ Afrojack, was busted with PEDs in his home, broke up with his girlfriend, and got in even more trouble in Ibiza, Spain. Throughout all of this, Badr is still a friggin’ star in his home country of Morocco and just this past weekend they had an entire ceremony at Festival Oujda Du Rai 2013 just to honor him.