The father of the Colorado Springs shooting suspect, Anderson Aldrich, says his first reaction to news of the Club Q attack was to ask why his son was at an LGBTQ bar.
Aaron Brink, a former porn actor and MMA fighter, said CBS8 received a call Sunday night from his son’s public defender to say he was under arrest for a mass shooting.
“They started telling me about the incident, the shooting involving a lot of people,” Brink said in an interview.
“And then I find out it’s a gay bar. I said, “God, is he gay?” I was scared, “Damn, is he gay?” And he’s not gay so I said, “Phhhewww…”
He said CBS8 his family was Mormon, adding, “We are not gay.”
Brink, 48, told the San Diego news site that his ex-wife Laura Voepel called him in 2016 to say that their son, who was born Nicholas Brink, changed his name and committed suicide.
“His mother told me he changed his name because I was on a (reality tv show) Intervention and I was a porn actor,” said Brink CBS8.
He still believed his son was dead until six months ago when he received an unexpected call from Aldrich.
According to Mr Brink’s account, Aldrich was “pissed off” and wanted to “poke the old man”.
He went on to say that he taught his son to fight at a young age and “praised him for his brutal behavior.”
“I told him it works. It’s instant and you’ll get results immediately,” said Brink CBS8.
According to MMAWeekly.com, Mr. Brink has had 58 professional mixed martial arts fights with a record of 29 wins, 27 losses and two no fights in 19 years.
He has also appeared in several adult films and reality shows Divorce court.
Aldrich, who appeared in court for the first time on Wednesday, told his public defenders he was not binary and wanted to be addressed by pronouns.