After the EliteXC event on Saturday, the New Jersey Athletic Board went into damage control mode, with mouthpiece Nick Lembo, doctor Sherry Wulkan, and ref Dan Miragliotta making the rounds to sell the fact that they were 100% perfect and justified in all their actions. The problem is: each of them have told a few white lies which drag down the legitimacy of everything else they say.
First let’s look at Dan Miragliotta, who claimed James Thompson pushed him because Thompson thought he was still fighting Kimbo. This is about the most insulting lie of the bunch because it’s so blatantly untrue. Anybody watching the event saw Thompson stop fighting and then REACT to Miragliotta waving off the fight.
Next, let’s look at doctor Sherry Wulkan, who claims that both Scott Smith and Kaitlin Young thanked her in their locker rooms for stopping the fights. While we’re still waiting to hear from Smith (who sure looked super happy that the fight was stopped at the time), Kaitlin Young has responded:
Also, the doc that checked me out right after the round okayed me. The commission came over to my corner, with Dr. Sherry ???? in tow, and then the fight was ended. Things I said afterward have been twisted, but I definitely did not want to stop fighting yet and I did not thank anyone for the stoppage.
Here’s the deal: I’m not against the majority of the decisions that were made last Saturday. The NJAC knew they were on CBS being watched by millions and they took extra steps to make sure nothing would happen to damage their reputation or the reputation of the sport. But by being dishonest and trying to twist the fighters’ words and actions to justify their decisions, it just makes them look like they’re trying to cover up incompetence.
Honestly, they should have just come out and said “Of course the fighters don’t agree, the fighters are fucking idiots. Kaitlin Young would have gone out and had her face split open hardcore. Scott Smith was willing to fight with one eye. And of course Thompson was angry with the stoppage. He lost. Fighters are simply too involved at the time to make reasonable assessments of their situation, and that’s why athletic commissions exist: to do it for them.”
This isn’t the first time the NJAC has responded to a fighter’s accusations with a version that makes them seem less like assholes. Before I was willing to give them the benefit of the doubt, but now … not so much.