By Zach Arnold | August 22, 2013
War Machine wrote on Twitter that he was going to rape his girlfriend. Read Matt Roth’s item here about what exactly was said.
Subsequently, Bjorn Rebney went into damage control mode while Machine said his remarks were “taken out of context” and called critics “sensitive ass bitches.”
Jamie Penick says that War Machine’s rape tweets bring a small time response from Bellator to a big league problem:
If Bellator and Viacom want to be seen as on par with the UFC, and if they legitimately have aspirations to take on that top mantle themselves, then the handling of this is simply not good enough. It hurts their image for continuing to employ him with nothing more than a simple statement being made hoping he’ll learn his lesson. There’s no consequences here for him.
Bellator is a big league promotion now, and wants to be seen as such, so they deserve the same type of scrutiny the UFC receives when something like this happens. This reaction from Rebney and simple acceptance of the situation just isn’t good enough. The disdain towards his spot on the roster and the fact that they promote him more heavily than some others is going to be felt through the fanbase, and that’s a continued negativity they just don’t need.
The good news is that War Machine has some new updates for you:
So we're about to hop in the shower and I throw @ChristyMack on the floor, pin her there, and jerk it on top of her..who does that?! Lol
— War Machine (@WarMachine170) August 18, 2013
Not gonna lie, sometimes it fucks with my head during my workout when I know my woman is at "work"…Fuckkkkk…lol…what can ya do? F' it!
— War Machine (@WarMachine170) August 19, 2013
LIVE sex shows with me n @ChristyMack coming soon and once per month =] Stay tuned..
— War Machine (@WarMachine170) August 21, 2013
Don’t worry, War Machine is still accepting sponsors for his upcoming fight in September. Cashing in with Bloodstain Lane or War Machine, who’s better to invest your sponsorship money with?
In an interview on Tuesday afternoon with Jordan Breen of Sherdog, Bjorn Rebney was asked about War Machine’s rape comments and why Bellator is keeping him around when other fighters have gotten axed for transgressions.
“Yeah, you know, I mean, look… the vast, vast majority, the overwhelming majority of guys, um, are cognizant of the voice that they have and use a good amount of restraint. I mean, you know, you look at, you know, fighters that we’ve got under contract, guys like Pat Curran and Eduardo Dantas and Michael Chandler and a series of guys that, you know, they’ve always got something positive to say and they’ve got an opinion on things and they voice it but they do show a lot of restraint.
“And then you know, look, you’ve got guys like Jon that just are absolute wildcards and, you know, when God was putting those chips in everybody’s heads that stopped them from saying exactly what they were thinking, he never got one and he just says whatever he thinks and often times disregards who it will offend or how it will impact people and just goes. And that’s, you know, that’s a tough part of it and it’s been a balancing act on my part talking to Jon and explaining, man, there’s certain things you just can’t say and here’s why it offends people and, you know, look…
“The reality with Jon, and that’s the reason that we’ve kept him and I’ve kept working with him is I don’t think his intent is to offend people. I honestly don’t think that he’s intending to offend people and there’s no doubt that he does. But I think that he has a very different perception of things than, you know, almost 100% of the rest of us. You know, it’s just, he just doesn’t, I mean if… and I know it’s hard for people who have a certain degree of animosity towards Jon to understand or hear this and I get it, I get it completely. Some of the things that he’s said, has said in the past just make my skin crawl. But if you met Jon and you spent time with him, what you’ll get out of most people that have spent time with him is that he’s not a bad guy, he’s not an animosity-driven hating type of personality. He just, he just digests information and spits it out differently than anyone I’ve ever met and sometimes it offends the heck out of people and, you know, we’re trying to keep him in the organization and trying to put a cap on some of that but, you know, we’ll see where it goes. I wouldn’t want to make like a future prohibitive statement about Jon Koppenhaver but, um, you know, he understood what he did wrong and that when those comments about rape he was apologetic about it. Um… and hopefully a guy like that can learn from something like that.”
Later in the interview, Rebney said this about War Machine and Rampage Jackson:
“I always view the cup as half-full and I will tell you this, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson has been amazing for this brand and, as he said, he and I are still in the honeymoon phase and we’re still open-mouth kissing.”
We’ll see how long that lasts. Bjorn also said that Michael Chandler is the best Lightweight in MMA and says he has no idea what will happen in regards to Ben Askren staying with Bellator or signing a contract with the UFC.