Cerrone reprimanded for controversial statements
WEC fighter Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone has never been one to mince words when it comes to someone he dislikes, but took his talk to an unacceptable level in a recent interview he did with MMAWeekly.com content partner TapouT Radio.
Hyping up his upcoming WEC 51 rematch with Jamie Varner, a fighter that he dislikes greatly, Cerrone hurdled the barrier of what is acceptable.
“This is real, this isn’t like the WEC trying to get us to amp it up, which I’m not. He’s really a [homosexual slur]. I mean, that’s what he is, and his true colors will show up. You can’t hide your colors, man. They’re going to turn up and everyone’s going to see. He’s going to call timeout or he’s going to look for a way out, he’s got the [expletive] gene, man, and when you have a [expletive] gene it don’t matter what you do you can’t fight and you’re either born with it and that’s who you are as a person and you can’t fix that, and it’s going to come out,” said Cerrone in response to questions about the reality of the trash talk between he and Varner.
Then, asked about whether his emotions would play a part in the fight, Cerrone added, “I hope my emotions take over and I just kill this dude. I hope this is the first death in MMA.”
He must have missed class on the days that UFC president Dana White got into a flap last year over a derogatory homosexual reference in his video blog, and when former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir took heat for making the same sort of “first death in MMA” comment.
Cerrone later apologized on Twitter for his remarks.
“I don’t really wish death on anyone!! Just got caught up in talking [eplxetive]! My apologies @jamievarner! Took it to far.”
World Extreme Cagefighting officials were paying attention to Cerrone’s comments and were none too thrilled.
“In a recent radio interview, WEC fighter Donald Cerrone went too far in talking about his upcoming fight with Jamie Varner and we believe he crossed a line of decency in doing so,” WEC Vice President Peter Dropick said on the promotion’s website.
“We will not tolerate a fighter who makes comments that are not consistent with our company values, nor will we tolerate the use of slurs that may offend any segment of the public. We are aware Donald issued his own immediate apology on Twitter, but we still needed to speak with him about it, and to issue our own statement making our position known.”
WEC officials had no further comment beyond Dropick’s statement, but it appears that, barring further incidents, there will be no further sanctions on Cerrone.
Cerrone was not available for comment.