Can’t really say we didn’t see this coming.
Artis Hughes, the Cleveland Bus Driver who delivered what many dubbed “The Uppercut Heard Around the World,” was let go by The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority for what basically amounts to not following proper procedure following his September assault by an unruly passenger.
In a statement, the RTA explains … “Mr. Hughes claims that his actions were in self-defense. The evidence does not support that claim.” ”We expect our employees to diffuse any potential situation. We do not believe that Mr. Hughes took the proper steps to diffuse this situation.” ”The proper procedure would have been to pull over and stop the bus, then call Transit Police for assistance.” However, RTA does say … “The customer was out of line and charges have been filed against her.”
Hughes was a 25-year veteran of the RTA.
SIDENOTE: I had the chance to speak with The Man with the Iron Fists actor/director RZA a week or so after the #BusPunch incident went viral. During our convo, I asked him what an uppercut from a man with iron fists would feel like. His description:
HHW: Exactly what would an uppercut from a man with iron fists feel like?
RZA: Like a f—-in … like four sledgehammers against your chin, yo. The good thing about that weapon is he mixes certain elements together to make the iron fists … but he put in a secret ingredient that you can only find out about by seeing the movie.