AITB for beating the crap out of my brother for asking to have my engagement ring?

Posted by Enraged Chaos on September 25, 2021 11:42 PM

Ok, so this is a bit of a long story, full of anger, deceit and heartbreak. About seven years ago I was engaged to the most beautiful woman. We were in love and I was looking forward to marrying her and spending the rest of my life with her.

I had bought her the most gorgeous diamond engagement ring, which I had hoped she would wear for the rest of her life with me. That was until I came home one day and found her in bed banging my brother!

I couldn't believe the love of my life and my own brother would both do this to me! I cut them both out of my life and kicked my fiancé to the curb, but not before taking back the expensive engagement ring.

I had meant to return the ring, but when I went to return it the return window had closed. I thought about selling it but just couldn't bring myself to do it, so I put it away in my closet.

Recently, my brother has been making an effort to come back into my life. At first I resisted, but since he's pretty much the only family I have left I slowly but cautiously let him back into my life.

He's been doing well and recently found a woman he wants to marry. I doubt it will last, considering he's a cheater but I figure I should mind my own business.

Recently I was moving and my brother offered to help. Here's where things get spicy. He was helping pack my things and found the box for the engagement ring. I hadn't thought about that ring in years, but he saw it and thought it would be perfect to use to propose to his new fiancé.

He straight up asked me if he could have the ring, for free! He gave me some sob story about how he's low on money due to Covid and not working for a while. However him finding that ring made me see red! Not only does he expect the ring for FREE, but he's also the one who denied me the use of that ring in the first place, all those years ago!

When he asked me if he could have the ring, I lost it. I started yelling at him and told him there's no way in hell he can have that ring. It brought back all of the hurt and pain I had felt all those years ago.

He told me I was being a selfish bastard and that he needs it because he's broke and in love. I told him that I was in love, until he stole my love.

Then he said, "Get over it bro. She wasn't even that great anyway.". I LOVED HER!

I lost it. I started punching and kicking him. I was SO mad. I ended up breaking his nose and he had to go to the hospital. The neighbors heard the commotion and called the cops. They took him away in an ambulance and me away in a squad car. Luckily my good friend bailed me out of jail, but he said that I severely over-reacted. I think while I could have controlled myself better my brother's beat-down was justified given the circumstances.

Now I have my brother's fiancé, who I have never even met yet calling me all the time blowing up my phone, along with all of my brother's friends. I also have a court date in a month where I could go to prison!

I'm assuming that I'm the butthole here, but you tell me? Would you have done the same in my situation? I know I can be a bit of a hot-head sometimes but I really feel my brother deserved his beat-down after all he did to me!
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