Frank Mir issued a formal apology the other day for his controversial comments about Brock Lesnar. With public apologies though, there’s often a lingering question about its sincerity. In most cases we’ll never know, however in this one it looks like Frank Mir is giving us the answer. You tell me, does this sound like a man who is sorry for what he said?
“When I got called in and they told me, ‘Listen man, this is an issue,’ I kind of had a smirk on my face the whole time,” says Mir, who was quoted in a public apology for the remark on the UFC’s Web site earlier this week. “I was like, you’re kidding, right? This is a joke, right? I’ve heard people say that this is to the death. I’ve heard people say about an opponent, ‘I’m going to kill him.’ I heard Brock say he was going to put his hand up my rear end to pull out a horseshoe. I didn’t hear anyone get too upset about that.”
“No one’s been able to explain it to me yet,” Mir says. “I thought we understood that what we say on camera is part of the entertainment aspect of our sport and we kind of get a little artistic license. It’s not like I said this to my neighbor, that if his dog shows up in my yard one more time I’m going to kill him. That would be bad. That’s a problem. I didn’t understand it, but hey, it came my way, I said it, and I can’t cry about it now. I’ve just got to deal with it, I guess.”
While I’m not a fan of insincere apologies, I’m sure the UFC didn’t give Frank much of a choice. He went a little overboard, was a little too specific, yeah, but let’s be serious, does Frank Mir actually want to break Brock Lesnar’s neck or watch him die of Octagon-related injuries? No, probably not, so I can kinda see where he’s coming from.
Meanwhile, PTI’s Mike Wilbon of all people defended Mir.
“It’s not out of line, I’m sorry this wouldn’t even make the top 50 awful things Mike Tyson said he was going to do to an opponent some time that week before a big match in Vegas,” Wilbon said when asked about Mir’s comments.
“This is just how you promote boxing, MMA, wrestling, this is par for the course.”
The man has a point.
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