Why Joe Rogan Isn’t Penalized For Comments On Fallon Fox

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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:

UFC:

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

NFL:

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.

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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.

  • Evan Stoumbelis

    I think Joe Rogan will always walk the line between appropriate and inappropriate, but he’s one of if not the best commentator of all time along with Bas Ruten and El Guapo on Pride

    • Foxon Fall

      Bas Ruten and El Guapo ARE the same person

  • yoda

    If the UFC ever wants to be mainstream (via NFL, NBA, etc.) then they need to change the rule to apply to everyone involved in the organization, not just the fighters. It’s just a matter of keeping a professional atmosphere (looking at you Dana White).

  • Jay

    Pecker or not this is still a guy ….And he’s beating women. All this modern time horseshit. Rogan was dead on in what he said. And i am shocked womens rights groups aren’t picking this apart. People are some serious pussies today.

  • land of the free and freedom of speech my ass…. everyone wants to fire everyone for an opinion, i don’t want a commentator who can’t speak his mind…..even if it is something i don’t like.

    • Lee

      1. Land of the free? Businesses can fire anyone they want for detrimental actions toward the brand.
      2. Freedom of speech isn’t the freedom to say anything you want. Just for a second, think. Get your knuckles off the ground and wipe that slobber you can’t keep from falling out of your mouth. If what you said was true, then radio hosts could use the N word indiscriminately all day in whichever way they like.
      3. I’m going to blow your titties off with this one: There’s also a difference between controversial language and outright hate speech, used to marginalize people and casting them as someone not deserving of all rights all American’s share.

      Look at you! I’m proud of you that you made it through the whole thing without quitting!

  • whatanidiot

    This is the dumbest thing I've read today. If you disagree with what he said then you're an idiot or you're his (Fallon's) parents. It's a dude who got his penis cut off and now he's beating up women. Sounds like a tough job….

  • Louetta Nicholson

    You want to be a transgender, and excepted then create a league a group of UFC fighters, and fight other transgender who are UFC potential fighters. Transgenders want to have their cake, and eat it too! There is now no respect for the men, and women who have not had sex changes, because the transgender is confused about who they want to look like. Fight fair, make the rules fair…. Very simple men who are born men and stay that that way as well as women should only be fighting the same sex. Talk about rules, and respect right…. That's a joke… The people who own the UFC that are not standing for what is right, and just are plain hypocrites a disgrace for the men/ women that have proven themselves!