Mitrione fined, as well as suspended, over Fallon Fox comments
Former NFL player Matt “Meathead” Mitrione. who was so incensed at transgendered fighter Fallon Fox competing in the women’s division without informing her opponent that he called her “a lying, sick, sociopathic, disgusting freak,” among other virulent terms.
In response, Mitrione was suspended by the UFC.
At the pre-UFC on FOX 7 media session, UFC president Dana White offered further details.
“I’m not mad at Mitrione,” said White. “He did something stupid. He knows he did something stupid. He knows the way he said it, he didn’t handle it the right way. He knows he did, so I can respect that.
“We’ll let him know when we decide (how long the suspension will last). He was fined, too – enough to make him call me three times. I bet he’ll think. I bet before words come out of his mouth … he’s going to go, ‘I better not say that. That’s not good. That’s going to cost me some money.'”
“From the first day we talked, he handled the whole thing like a man. He said some ignorant comments that made him sound like a complete jackass and a bigot. He knew what he said was wrong.”
“It’s not that I don’t necessarily agree with what he was saying because I have the same issue with a man who becomes a woman. You have different bone structure. You have a different jawline. You have all the things of a man. It’s completely different. But he knew what he did was wrong. If he was standing in front of a panel or a judge, and he was arguing on why someone who used to be a man shouldn’t be allowed to fight a woman, he wouldn’t have said it the way that he said it. He would have said it completely different, and there’s nothing wrong with having a point of view.”
“If he got on the phone and said, ‘Hey, I’ve got my freedom of speech, and I can say what I want,’ I guess to a point he’s right. You just can’t work here if you want to say stupid stuff like that. You can say whatever you want. Not in here, though.”
“Everybody’s crying, ‘Oh, it’s freedom of speech.’ Yeah, OK. Work at any company in the world, OK, and give your opinion where you come off sounding like an ignorant bigot and see how long you last with that company. He could have done it the right way, and nobody would have said anything to him. He can have an opinion. It’s just how you state your opinion.
“The Fallon Fox thing, I mean I don’t even think about it. Fallon Fox is so far from being in the UFC. It’s like talking about some lower level guy that fights in some smaller organization that’s beat people with losing records, and we’re seriously debating about the guy.”
“My thought was that running, pole vaulting and doing all these things is whatever, but when you actually get physical and you start punching? But I’ll leave that up to people that are smarter than me. If scientists want to go in and say if you get this operation done and the hormones that you get put on change your physical structure and your strength, I’ll leave it up to the professionals and let them decide.
“If this thing happens at an Olympic level, and I mean an Olympic level where there’s a combat sport that accepts it, I’m sure they’re going to do the homework, and smarter people than me will make that decision.”