The biggest response to yesterday’s quick links was the story about Amanda Buckner being rejected by EliteXC on account of how she looks. Since last night, the quote she gave regarding the situation was taken out of the interview she gave, and the whole story has been pulled down by several sites ‘by request of Showtime’.
Of course, we’re not about to bend over and remove info just because some company doesn’t want you to see it. Here’s the quote from Buckner which caused so much controversy:
BH: It seems like Bodog and Showtime are the places to be if you are a female fighter, any chance we will see you on a Showtime card soon?
AB: We’ve heard from Showtime that, even though they think I’m a great fighter, they will not be using me unless I change my appearance and personality. This is obviously so insane and ludicrous that I can’t really think of much else to say about it. Until the quality of the fighters is the single most important factor in matching their fights, Showtimes womens division will be a joke (this is not a slam on their current fighters, as I think most of them are great).
The author of the interview, Bruce Hoyer, put out the following on the OTM forums to explain why he removed that quote from the interview:
So i just wanted to send a quick comment about this whole thing. I got a call from showtime’s PR office for writing this and they asked that I pull the article. Because they state that the comments are simply not true and no one from showtime has spoken to amanda. Again this is showtimes statement not mine.
Anyways I called Gumby [who runs OTM, where the interview was hosted] and asked him to pull the portion about showtime until showtime can issue a statement about the “allegations”. I understand that I made an error in that I did not contact Showtime and ask them to verify the comments, sorry for that. I also just wanted to comment that it was my desicion to pull a portion of the article not Gumby’s or anyone at On The Mat.
Gumby suggested that we leave it up there and wait for Showtime to issue a statement, I would agree but I have to protect my fighters interests and don’t want to harm their earning potential because of something I did.
So at the moment I’m trying to find out more details for you guys. Was it Showtime that contacted them or was it EliteXC? Is it just semantics regarding which group told Amanda to pretty herself up a bit, or are they saying that no one associated with anyone from the fight organization ever said (or implied) anything like that?
Of course, I’m not too hot on the idea of companies telling websites to take down information, especially when it’s involving something negative said about them. If someone wants to issue a statement to clarify the situation, and asks that their statement get tacked onto the accusations, then that’s cool. But past that I find the whole thing rather shady.
But who knows? Perhaps EliteXC has never even talked to Amanda Buckner and she’s just drawing conclusions from that fact. I’m willing to leave this whole case open to interpretation till I know a bit more.