Most people were pretty happy to hear that Jens Pulver had pulled off a win this weekend. Sure, it was against a total can and there’s very little chance he’ll be able to work his way up to the majors again. But if he wants to pull a Dan Severn and tour the country beating up losers, that’s his choice. Last I checked, the bills don’t get paid on “My fans thought I should retire.”
There was one person who really wasn’t happy about Jens winning. He was especially NOT happy with the way fans and journos responded with affection towards Jens. That grumpy pants was Jonathan Snowden, and he wrote a scathing post entitled ‘Why Jens Pulver Doesn’t Belong Anywhere Near a Cage in 2011.’ In it he argues that the risk of brain damage is too high for Jens if he continues, and then drops a shocking accusation of addiction: Jens is hooked on World of Warcrack!
It’s been a hard time for Pulver. His gym in Idaho struggled to get off the ground and his obsession with World of Warcraft, an online multiplayer video game, became something friends described as more of an addiction than a pleasure. They would describe seeing a Pulver who looked more like a ghost than a man, pale as the fallen snow, unable to pull himself from his computer.
And here’s Jonathan saying we need to take MMA away from Jens when it’s clearly the only thing that stands between him and falling completely under the spell of this horrible addiction. At least after getting subbed out, Jens is just a little weepy and emotional. This ‘pale ghost of a man’ business is troubling indeed by comparison!
I think if Snowden truly cared about Jens, he’d write an article imploring him to stop playing WoW, not stop fighting MMA. Because there’s a lot of things sadder than fighting past your prime in tiny shit shows, and one of them is being an unemployed Warcrack fiend.