By Zach Arnold | December 8, 2011
When your face is plastered next to Jerry Sandusky on national television, you know it’s not good news for your image. Jim Rome made sure to cement that point home after the comments Rashad Evans made yesterday in Chicago for the Fox presser to hype his fight against Phil Davis.
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“You knew the Jerry Sandusky/Penn State scandal was going to get worse before it got any better and… it has. Much worse. With two more victims coming forward and alleging similarly horrific allegations of Sandusky abusing them as well, allegations of a victim being held captive in the basement and Sandusky’s wife ignoring his screams for help while she was upstairs. And besides Sandusky already being pretty much the worst guy ever, his attorney Joe Amendola continues to paint him as the victim.
‘How would you take it if you were facing the kind of charges he’s facing and your life’s work was helping kids? You’d be devastated.’
“Hey, Joe, he didn’t help kids — he ruined their lives. And it’s not a question of if but rather how many… allegedly. And he’s not devastated because his life’s work is being questioned — he’s devastated because he’s finally figured out that he might be the most hated man in America and that he’s going to spend the rest of his life behind bars. That’s why he’s devastated.
“And to you Penn State alums and students that are all worked up saying that my commentary on this story is damaging to your reputation and affecting your chances of getting a good job… let’s just say that Sandusky is not doing you any favors by continuing to rock the Nittany Lions colors every time he gets arrested. Good news is going forward he won’t be donning your blue & white. He’ll be in prison orange.
“I wish I could stand here and say this story couldn’t possibly get any worse but I can’t and unfortunately I know it probably will.
“Maybe it’s Twitter and maybe it’s the 24/7 news cycle but it’s rare in this era that an athlete can say something that actually still shocks me. UFC Light Heavyweight Rashad Evans, though, just did and not in a good way. Yesterday, the very same day that Sandusky was being arrested on additional charges of child molestation, Evans was sitting at a press conference in Chicago spitting Sandusky smack at his upcoming opponent Phil Davis. You see, Davis is a Penn State alum so maybe Suga thought he’d try to hit him where it hurts and put him to sleep with a Sandusky blast… but he should have just pulled that punch.
‘I guarantee you’re going to be the first one to take a shot because I’m going to put those hands on you worse than that dude did them other kids at Penn State.’
“Rashad, you’ve got to be kidding me. What is it, other than totally insensitive and just… dumb? Guys have run regrettable smack before. David Haye saying that his fight with Audley Harrison was going to be ‘as one-sided as gang rape’ immediate comes to mind but you, my man, might be the new standard bearer. Look, I get that these guys are in hype mode and the blood starts to flow at these pressers. I just don’t care. You can’t say you’re going to do to your opponent what Jerry Sandusky allegedly did to these kids. Not that I haven’t done this already 100 times before but memo to all athletes — there’s certain things you cannot ever talk junk about. Ever. Keep all references to 9/11 and Hitler out of your mouths and, I never thought I’d have to say it, but you can officially add Jerry Sandusky to that list as well. Look, I work in smack for a living. I put food on my family’s table with smack. Smack is the family business, so I know smack and that’s some of the worst smack I’ve ever heard.”
That embrace by UFC towards social media at their fighter summit is looking like one hell of a policy right now, isn’t it? Forrest Griffin wasn’t available for comment.