Blackzilians owner: I don’t give a $#!^ what people think
BloodElbow’s Steph Daniels once again did a must-read interview, this time with Blackzilians team owner Glenn Robinson.
Stephie Daniels: The camp has been experiencing a rough patch recently. Has there been a point where you’ve thought to yourself, ‘S—, what am I doing here?’
Glenn Robinson: [laughs] Yeah, about two hours ago. I got a text about two hours ago that made me very sad. I can’t get into what it was, but that’s life, and I love what I’m doing. I got a text from Rashad last week, out of the blue, that just said, ‘Hey, you’re my best friend. I just wanted you to know.’ That makes it all worth while.
I love all the guys. I want to see them success, and I’ll do whatever I can to help them realize their goals. We’ve had some potholes along the way, it’s true, but we are still doing well.
SD: Do you think that people are too quick to judge the team, especially considering it’s only been around for a year and a half?
GR: You want to know something? I don’t give a s— what anybody thinks. Look, Michael Johnson unfortunately lost on Saturday, but Ryan LaFlare, who trained part of his camp with us, won his debut, and Matt won in 19 seconds. The week before, we had three people win at World Series of Fighting, so five out of six is not too bad.
All I care about is the guys winning. What people think about me or the team doesn’t matter. All I care about is helping the guys win. The people that support us, we’re very thankful and appreciative of them. You’re always going to get people that don’t believe in you or are critical of you. There’s nothing I can do about that. I just keep marching forward, doing the best that I can to get the team to the level that it needs to be.
SD: A lot of people think that you lure the top athletes over to the Blackzilian team by offering them money to join. Is that true?
GR: Tell them to go get some proof, and then go post it. I said it a thousand times, I don’t do that. If somebody needs a loan, do I help them? Sure, but I don’t pay the fighters to stay here. They’re free to come, free to go. We’re not a prison.
I’ll tell you what it is. The other teams and coaches are just jealous that I’ve accomplished in a little over a year, what it took them a lifetime to do. That’s really what it is. I did in 18 months, what it took other people 10 years to do. I can’t help it if they’re slower than me.
The naysayers within the industry are just looking for reasons to poke holes. At the end of the day, don’t send me a Christmas card. As long as my guys are doing good, I don’t give a s— what any one of those people think.