Joe Rogan made lewd comments about Fallon Fox on his podcast but nothing has happend to him. Why?
This is a question thats starting to rise now with the whole controversy with Mitrione and his ridiculous rant on Fox during the MMA Hour. Mitrione has been suspended because he broke the UFC code of conduct. But Rogan hasn’t had any repercussions from his rant on his podcast.
The UFC code of conduct is much like the NFL’s in that the statements can’t have a broad meaning to them like:
Fighters shall conduct themselves in accordance with commonly accepted standards of decency, social convention, and morals, and fighters will not commit any act or become involved in any situation or occurrence or make any statement which will reflect negatively upon or bring disrepute, contempt, scandal, ridicule or disdain to the fighter or the UFC
All persons associated with the NFL are required to avoid ‘conduct detrimental to the integrity of and public confidence in the National Football League.’
This helps with being able to crack down on athletes if they seem to be socially detrimental to the promotion.
But the difference between the UFC’s and NFL’s code is that in the NFL’s states clearly that the rules apply to “all players under contract: all coaches: all game officials: all full-time employees of the NFL, NFL clubs, and all NFL-related entities; all rookie players once they are selected in the NFL college draft…” Anyone and everyone associated with the league falls under these rules and can be punished. This isn’t the case for the UFC, at least according to the language within the UFC code of conduct. It’s only aimed at fighters employed by the promotion. Referees and judges for example, aren’t apart of the promotion, they are employed by the state athletic commissions.
Mitrione got caught under this section of the code:
Derogatory or offensive conduct, including without limitation insulting language, symbols, or actions about a person’s ethnic background, heritage, color, race, national origin, age, religion, disability, gender or sexual orientation
Inappropriate physical, verbal and online behavior (such as inappropriate statements made via email, text messaging or social networks)
Conduct that undermines or puts at risk the organization or promotion of a UFC event, including without limitation, failure to deliver, engage in or otherwise execute any and all promotional responsibilities, or failure to return in a timely manner the accurate and complete documents, or information for immigration, licensing, medical, tax or athletic commission purposes and
Conduct that undermines or puts at risk the integrity and reputation of the UFC.
His statements being inflammatory about transgender fighter Fallon Fox.
Rogan is still employed by the UFC but was never given any notice to what happened when he talked about Fox. Matt Hughes, a former UFC champion, was hired on by the UFC and called her an “it”, but nothing has happened to him either. Are these rules fair? If there is a code of conduct and the UFC is trying to maintain a positive image in the eyes of the public, should they not have these rules apply to any and all employees or contractors associated with the UFC? The good news is, having a code of conduct and actively taking steps to enforce it is a step in the right direction. However the language and scope may need to be revised to provide UFC with the image they seek within the public’s eyes.