In the eyes of the mainstream public, Chael Sonnen may have taken one of his jokes just a little bit too far. Sonnen is known for his crass sense of humor, and generally gets a pass as he declares verbal warfare on his fellow fighters and a certain cyclist. Last night on Fox Sports however, the middleweight and light heavyweight contender made a comment comparing Chris Brown’s abuse on singer Rihanna, to boxer Floyd Mayweather’s opponents.
“Look, Floyd needs to keep doing what he’s doing, which is fighting complete tomato cans that we’ve never heard of before,” Sonnen stated. “I’ve never seen anybody in the history of America get so rich and so famous off of having complete wimps throwing punches at their faces. I know what you’re saying. You’re saying, ‘Well it’s happened before, what about Rihanna?’”
There are many people who could be offended by this. The UFC has done a lot to change the image of Mixed Martial Arts in America, and actively there are many women’s rights groups attempting to use statements like these against the promotion. Possibly the worst part about this debacle of a joke is that Chael decided to say it on national television. Fox is a very conservative network, and the last thing they want are domestic abuse jokes with their name attached.
The young channel attempted to recover with a public statement regarding the comment.
Fox’s statement reads, “FOX Sports regrets the comments Chael Sonnen made during last night’s edition of FOX Sports Live. They were an inappropriate attempt at humor that Sonnen acknowledges shouldn’t have been made and he apologizes to anyone who may have been offended by his remarks.”
This apology is a professional move on the network’s end, and we can only hope it will be enough. Only time will tell if this quote may be picked up and used against the UFC by a special interest group such as the Culinary Union. Hold on tight SciFighters, we may have a ripple effect on our hands.