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Dana White was satisfied with Rashad Evans' reasonings behind his Penn State comment to Phil Davis this week, and did not bring any punitive action against the former Champion despite firing Miguel Torres on Thursday for a rape joke on Twitter. However, there has been a backlash against Evans' comments, and ESPN personality Jim Rome went after him on his radio show this week (transcribed by Zach Arnold at FightOpinion.com):
"Maybe it's Twitter and maybe it's the 24/7 news cycle but it's rare in this era that an athlete can say something that actually still shocks me. UFC Light Heavyweight Rashad Evans, though, just did and not in a good way. Yesterday, the very same day that Sandusky was being arrested on additional charges of child molestation, Evans was sitting at a press conference in Chicago spitting Sandusky smack at his upcoming opponent Phil Davis. You see, Davis is a Penn State alum so maybe Suga thought he'd try to hit him where it hurts and put him to sleep with a Sandusky blast… but he should have just pulled that punch.
'I guarantee you're going to be the first one to take a shot because I'm going to put those hands on you worse than that dude did them other kids at Penn State.'
Rashad, you've got to be kidding me. What is it, other than totally insensitive and just… dumb? Guys have run regrettable smack before. David Haye saying that his fight with Audley Harrison was going to be ‘as one-sided as gang rape' immediate comes to mind but you, my man, might be the new standard bearer. Look, I get that these guys are in hype mode and the blood starts to flow at these pressers. I just don't care. You can't say you're going to do to your opponent what Jerry Sandusky allegedly did to these kids. Not that I haven't done this already 100 times before but memo to all athletes — there's certain things you cannot ever talk junk about. Ever. Keep all references to 9/11 and Hitler out of your mouths and, I never thought I'd have to say it, but you can officially add Jerry Sandusky to that list as well. Look, I work in smack for a living. I put food on my family's table with smack. Smack is the family business, so I know smack and that's some of the worst smack I've ever heard."
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