One of the hardest, most unenviable jobs in the world is that of defense attorney. After all, one of the most important tenets of due process and fairness of our criminal justice system is that everyone gets a chance to defend themselves in a court of law, and that usually means there’s a lawyer out there stuck with that responsibility.

So it is that we got to hear someone stick up for War Machine (born: Jon Koppenhaver) today, claiming he’s good guy despite the fact that ex-girlfriend was nearly beaten to death at the former TUFer and Bellator fighter’s hands.

Here’s the quote from local news station KTLA5:

“The hardest thing for my client is seeing the responses from the media, the public. There’s been a lot of statements on one side,” said attorney Brandon Sua. “The media has done a good job of painting my client as a monster, but my client is not a monster. He is a good guy.”

A statement would come “when the time is right,” Sua said, adding that his client did not do “anything illegal.”

Never mind the fact that War Machine has spent quite a bit of time in the clink before for crimes of violence, and never mind that his social media presence has consistently painted a picture of someone pretty damn unhinged. He beat Christy Mack to within an inch of her life, but he’s still a good guy.

Oh defense attorneys. You crazy kids!