Josh McDonald, the man who dressed up as Spider-Man and instigated an incident with a supermarket worker during a fancy-dress invasion in July 2021, has been revealed to be a black belt in mixed martial arts.
McDonald was part of a group that invaded an Asda store in Clapham Junction, London, dressed as superheroes, including Ali-G and Batman, with the incident filmed and live-streamed online.
McDonald rendered the victim unconscious during the invasion. Other members of the group also instigated incidents with Asda staff and customers, leaving them worse for wear.
McDonald was a contender for the ‘Iska kickboxing world championship’ in 2016 in Stuttgart, Germany, after training at the Black Dragon Martial Arts Academy near his home in Northampton as per dailymail.
He and four others have now admitted guilt, and they will be sentenced next month. McDonald’s dreams of sporting stardom are now in tatters following the incident.
The incident was organized by a group called Live Madness Replays, who advertised the fancy-dress invasion online and saw hundreds of thousands of people witness it. The group, including McDonald, were seen taking on male and female members of Asda staff and customers, some of whom found themselves on the ground.
Another member of the group was an amateur boxer who dressed up as Matt Lucas’ faux-disabled Andy from TV show Little Britain, before switching to Goldilocks plaits during the incident.
The group’s leader, George O’Boyle, dressed as Ali G, threatened staff members as he led the crowd into the supermarket, but the fun stunt went awry.
The group, including McDonald and O’Boyle, have all admitted their guilt in court.
The incident instigated by McDonald and his group is a disturbing reminder of the dangers of social media and the consequences of online challenges and pranks.
Such actions have no place in society and must be strongly condemned. It is essential that individuals take responsibility for their actions, and companies like Live Madness Replays must be held accountable for promoting this kind of behavior.