In the wake of a restraining order granted to Kim Couture for alleged threats, Affliction co-founder Todd Beard has resigned from Affliction Inc., according to the clothing company:
“The board of directors of Affliction Inc. announced today that it received and accepted the resignation of Todd Beard as an employee of the company. Mr. Beard is one of the original founders of the clothing company based in Seal Beach, California. The resignation coincides with a public apology for comments made by Mr. Beard and directed toward Randy Couture and his wife Kim Couture regarding their business relationship.
Mr. Beard also disclosed that he will be seeking treatment for anger management and alcohol abuse.
According to Mr. Beard, “I would like to apologize for my comments that may have offended Kim and Randy Couture and Mr. Spira. I had a long-standing relationship with the Coutures and I was deeply and emotionally hurt by some of their recent business decisions. I have only the best of intentions for the success of the Affliction and Xtreme Couture clothing brands and understand that there are personal issues I must address.”
According to the board of directors, “We are delighted Todd has decided to address these issues and wish Randy Couture well.”
Additional details on Beard’s past have emerged since the restraining order was granted, including a 30-month prison sentence served for a conviction on charges of conspiracy and wire and mail fraud as well as allegations that he punched his pregnant then-girlfriend in the stomach.
The company also clarified that Affliction Inc. does not control Affliction Entertainment LLC, which promoted its first MMA event in July featuring Fedor Emelianenko vs. Tim Sylvia and will promote its second event on January 24th at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.