SB Nation fired MMA writer Iain Kidd on Saturday after learning about his criminal history for child pornography possession.
Kidd was in an argument online with another Twitter user during the week, who decided to dig into Kidd’s background to see what kind of information he could pull up to use against him. That person encountered an article from September stating that Kidd had been punished in Scotland, along with two others, for possession of child pornography.
According to the Evening Times, Kidd and the two other men “collected indecent images of children. They also took – or permitted to be taken – lewd images of kids” and had possession of extreme pornography.
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At Glasgow Sheriff Court, Kidd admitted charges of downloading and possessing indecent images of children between July 2005 and June 2017, and a charge of possessing extreme pornographic images between April 2007 and August 2017.
A search of seized equipment revealed Kidd had almost 984 still images and 496 moving, and 7689 pictures of extreme pornography.
Kidd was a writer for SB Nation’s reputable MMA site, Bloody Elbow. He was known for his emphasis on ethics about matters such as PEDs and domestic violence.
News of Kidd’s criminal background circulated on Friday night, and by Saturday, SB Nation/Bloody Elbow issued a statement saying Kidd had been terminated.
Bloody Elbow decided not to cover UFC 231 with the same vigor as usual due to the situation surrounding Kidd.
Other Bloody Elbow staff writers shared their thoughts on the matter.
Kidd and the two other men were sentenced to a Community Payback Order with supervision for three years as a direct alternative to custody. They essentially have a version of house arrest for six months and have to register as sex offenders for three years.