Three months have passed since UFC bantamweight contender Bryan Caraway made insensitive comments about Ronda Rousey on Twitter, but his girlfriend, former Strikeforce women's bantamweight champ Miesha Tate, still gets bombarded with tweets about the incident.
This week, Tate (@mieshatate) stood up for her man, tweeting "What if every mistake YOU made was on blast & the world was just waiting 2bash u 4 it, if u wanna hate a real womanizer its @SayNo2WMMA."
Moments later, she tweeted ".... Not the man who has supported my every dream & coached me 2 a world title & back @BryanCaraway. Get ur facts straight ppl."
Back in March, Caraway gained tons of bad press for a series of ill-advised tweets he posted during an exchange with two Ronda Rousey fans on Twitter. Caraway tweeted "@colbub and if she wants to challenge a man I'll knock her teeth dwn her throat the break her arm!"
Moments later, he wrote "@n3rdgazmcom@mieshatate proud of what?? She gonna talk smack she needs to know her place."
Finally, he posted "@PADDYKILLZ@cmpunk@frontrowbrian oh I dnt hit Women! But she not a women. She gonna act like a dude she can deal w the consequences."
Immediately realizing his mistake, Caraway tweeted an apology. On March 12, he wrote "I feel like most misunderstood what I meant earlier, Ronda called me out & I would never ever hurt a woman, but girls shouldn't call out men."
Should the MMA community accept Caraway's apology?
Caraway and Tate both immediately recognized that his comments were insensitive, and the necessary apologies were issued.
Everyone makes mistakes, and it appears that Caraway became the latest athlete to fall victim to the curse of social media networking.
When athletes tweet in the heat of the moment, they forget they are posting comments publicly for the whole world to see. As we recently saw with New York Knicks star A'Mare Stoudemire, even a private message to a fan can be quite costly if it features insensitive language.
We might be getting close to the point where it makes sense for most athletes to stop using Twitter altogether, as we've seen that a lot of harm can come of it if it's not used appropriately.
As for Caraway's situation, he was clearly in the wrong for posting the misguided comments about Rousey, but it's time for people to let it go and move on.
By all accounts, the 27-year-old hasn't had any other run-ins with fans on Twitter, and his girlfriend has been dating him for years without any reports of domestic violence incidents or any other issues.
Caraway seems to have learned from his mistake, and it's time for the MMA community to show their support for him in return.
It would be more prudent to judge a man by the way he treats his girlfriend, rather than a couple of tweets to a stranger in the heat of an argument.
Caraway fights Mitch Gagnon at UFC 149 on July 21.
Eric Holden is a lifelong UFC fan and supporter of the sport of mixed martial arts. Follow him on Twitter @ericholden.
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