Uh oh, Quinton Jackson’s gone dun it again! MMA websites with nothing better to post about are commenting on his ‘motorboating’ interview with Karyn Bryant and of course this is clearly conduct unbecoming of a top star of our sport and certainly a reason MMA can’t sit at the big boys’ sports table! First, Cagepotato:
Now, I’m all for a good laugh, but its incidents like these are partially what is keeping MMA from gaining real widespread mainstream acceptance. Bob Reilly is probably sitting in his office as I type this working feverishly to add the clip to his latest anti-MMA Powerpoint presentation he will be presenting to the New York State Assembly in the coming months. You can bet that the UFC adding mandatory anti-sexual harassment or sensitivity training to the agenda of next year’s UFC Fighter Summit, if it doesn’t before then.
Now Midsy from MMA Fighting piles on:
The interview you see here with the UFC’s Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and reporter Karyn Bryant from MMAHeat.com is an embarrassing exchange between a professional athlete and a credentialed member of the media — exactly the kind of thing the UFC needs to avoid if it wants to be taken seriously as a mainstream sport.
With that, Jackson proceeded to stick his face in Bryant’s cleavage and pretend to “motorboat” her. To call that crossing the line would be incorrect: This behavior is so far beyond the line that Jackson wouldn’t have been able to see the line.
Bryant wrote on Twitter that she thought the incident was funny, but Bryant being OK with her encounter with Jackson doesn’t make it acceptable. Jackson and Bryant are two people in their workplaces. At your office, would it be OK if two people behaved the way Jackson and Bryant did in this interview?
I hate that false equivalency thing: “Think about what would have happened to you if you’d done this at your work!” Well, at your work you get in trouble for taking long shits and you’re probably not allowed to say ‘fuck’, ‘cunt’, or ‘Jesus Fuck Cunt’. Your work sucks, and using it as a meter stick for appropriate behavior is stupid. Same with raising the specter of Bob Reilly, as if that withered old coot should be a meter stick for anything other than when old people should be forced onto ice floes to die.
Has Rampage crossed the line in the past? Yeah. That time he started dry rubbing his cock against that reporter’s vagina was about as close to sexual molestation as you can get without a call from the police. But this latest situation is much ado about nothing. He never touched these titties. He didn’t cross that line, and that’s pretty much the only line I expect him not to cross – the same ones we as normal people shouldn’t cross in our daily lives. Honestly, if it wasn’t for the previous humping( ” target=”_blank”>s), I doubt we’d even be having this conversation.
Is Rampage Jackson inappropriate by professional athlete standards? Hell yeah. But those standards are fucked up and stupid. A few days ago a football player got in trouble for saying his week in an attic hiding from a media circus was ‘a reverse Anne Frank thing.’ All of a sudden the Anti-Defamation League is involved and everyone is acting like he dragged Anne into a concentration camp himself. If you go by what the media tries to blow out of proportion, you can’t even make a reference to someone else who was hiding in an attic after spending a week hiding in one yourself. It’s fucking retarded.
The LAST thing we need is fighters being chased around by the PC Police, where every action they make is analyzed from every angle to find something worth criticizing. And considering Fightlinker is the site that tries to criticize everything, I hope that helps sink in what giant pussies we’re being having this discussion. Feel free to blast Rampage if he actually cops a feel on a reporter again or literally buries his face in some chick’s breasts and rubs it all over them. But this hovering joking motorboat thing isn’t something to get all bent out of shape over. That’s Rampage being Rampage, and he shouldn’t have to change that because some wusses would rather MMA fighters be bland and boring like the NHL and NFL forces it’s players to be.