The Company You Keep: Sheriff Joe Is One Step Removed From Vladimir Putin

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Arpaio and Seagal in 2012.

They say you're only as good as the company you keep.

Action star Steven Seagal likes to keep company with some of the world's so-called tough guys. His television show Steven Seagal: Lawman sprang from his friendships with two nationally famous sheriffs: Louisiana's Harry Lee and our own blowhard, Sheriff Joe. But the star seems to be taking his bromances to a new, international level.

Seagal's latest buddy is none other than Russian President Vladimir Putin. The actor was quoted on a Russian television station in June as saying, "I'm Russian, I love Russia, I love Russian people, and I love your president." The two reportedly share a love of martial arts. But it seems Seagal's support (surprise, surprise!) also extends to Putin's politics.

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The other day, he made a show of that support. Seagal reportedly performed with his blues band in Crimea, the troubled region of eastern Ukraine annexed by Russia in March. The Associated Press reports that the actor performed at a biker festival in Sevastopol on a stage decorated with pro-Russian separatist flags. And the show reportedly ended with Seagal holding up a shirt emblazoned with Russian President Vladimir Putin's face.

The United States, the European Union, and a host of nations have sanctioned Russia for its actions in the region. Russia sanctioned us right back.

So what does Sheriff Joe think of his old pal's less-than-popular stance? It's hard to say. He couldn't be reached for comment. In April, he told KTAR News that he didn't want to get in the middle. "I can't tell him what to say, who to say it with, who to visit," Arpaio reportedly told news editor Jeremy Foster. "There is a freedom of speech. If he wants to talk to President Putin, I can't stop him."

Sheriff Joe has had his own minor ties to Russia. In 2012, he appeared on the Russian government's international radio program, Voice of Russia, to raise doubts about the validity of President Obama's birth certificate. But that was long before the Crimea conflict.

So what does Arpaio's friendship with Seagal say about the company he keeps? Paul Penzone, Arpaio's opponent in the 2012 election, respectfully declined to comment on the matter.

What do you think?

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DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

NewsFlash -- Sheriff Joe uses Backpage.com to hire prostitutes, has done so for years.


Source: former Maricopa prostitute



Slappy
Slappy

Arpaio clung around Seagal like he was a sixteen year old girl.  Seagal used Arpaio to give him the appearance he's a bona fide lawman. 

Segal is going to use Putin, who is known to be a fan of martial arts, to resurrect his film career.You may see Segal starring in Russian films, produced by Putin’s contacts.Segal will be fighting terroristsplanning to undermine Russia.

Arpaio did nothing for Seagal's career, except get him filmed saving chickens from a backyard.  Arpaio's feelings are hurt. 

Desertrat1
Desertrat1

"Arpaio De Facto Lawman" is a book that apparently is being put out by an  ex-chief..Has anyone read it ? If so any comments or anything juicy??

RobertGraham29
RobertGraham29

Do you want Arpaio to go full blast on his illegal immigration enforcement again with a vengeance? If not then shut up or he shall.

rh19541954
rh19541954

Karma is a strange thing these two are like two peas in one pod, birds of a feather do tend to flock together!

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

See, Joe? I always thought Seagal was secretly a commie-loving bastard.

sambo
sambo

oh cool! a sheriff joe posting! I love sheriff joe. I met joe at an event once, shook his hand and everything, and I consider him a friend, so I'm only two steps removed from vladimir! this is so great.

justme430
justme430

Stupid article, waste of time.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

It's like Stalin and Hitler

Seagal loves Russia, go live over there you fat fucking bastard.

The old man should go into the fuhrerbunker fairly soon. I hear the DOJ is reopening its criminal abuse of power case.

DNichols
DNichols

As I look at this photo of 4'-6" pot belly Joe it makes me remember the 2010 Immigration march that Child Murdering Nazi J.T. Ready stood in front of Arpaio's "Tent City" fully armed right between Arpaios Mounted  Deputies as a center piece for Arpaio with his bozo Nazi pals yelling obscenities at Women and Children in the march. 

At  the same march Arpaio was photographed in a black Chrysler 300 in the back seat with the window down, and a Neo Nazi literally licking his ear.


Yeah what company Convicted Racist Arpaio keeps?!

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

Thats funny considering Bozo Joe Arputo has been violating peoples constitutional rights for years for speaking out about his never ending corruption.

>>  "I can't tell him what to say, who to say it with, who to visit," Arpaio reportedly told News Editor Jeremy Foster. "There is a freedom of speech. If he wants to talk to President Putin, I can't stop him."

wherewasi
wherewasi topcommenter

@Desertrat1 I just downloaded it to my Kindle. Ought to be an interesting read. Thanks for pointing it out!

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan he might want to walk through that plan with his babysitter first. i personally have no problem with him going full tilt with a plan like that though (it will just get him before the judge all that much quicker............and he is quickly running out of sacrificial lambs to offer up to the judge)

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan 

Well, well, look what just crawled out from under a rock.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

So you can't think of anything to defend Joe or Steve can you??

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

Supporting communism is pretty un-american......so let's hear your defense

DNichols
DNichols

@sambo 

Is "Sambo" a racial slur?

You probably are Arpaio's freind.

Don't wash the hand that shook Arpaio's, it probably still smells like dirty depends?!

Dontbelieveit
Dontbelieveit topcommenter

@justme430 Get the fuck out of here jaffy .back to blowing your own horn again  huh?

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@justme430 It's only stupid to people that are fans of the Clown Sheriff, as that alone confirms their own stupidity!

Hot.Sauce
Hot.Sauce

You planning on freezing it with your turds to suck on later?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@DNichols 


According to the intel, he pays $150 for a blowjob, which is 3x the going rate for johns who aren't grotesque disgusting pigs.


hth.

justme430
justme430

@WhoKnows @justme430 First, I do not  support Arapaio.  I just prefer more in-depth reporting on policy and not who likes who.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@Hot.Sauce


Wow saucy, I bet you got your nickname from coming up with such brilliant rejoinders.

You fucking moron!  

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay 


"pwned" = rotted dick's special language.


leetspeak = geek freak  


The dnky by is a chkn dk fuk stk!

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