It looks like Chael Sonnen’s fighting career is finally starting to bleed into his political career.
As everyone knows, Chael Sonnen has become the king of the soundbite in MMA. Nearly everything that comes out of his mouth these days is insulting, outrageous, hilarious and oftentimes all of the above. Some of his best material though reside on his twitter account. For example:
A.S. A fraud is living in your house. You see him each day when you shave, he is in the mirror. Tell him hello…
A.S. Your run is T- 70 days. I’m not a math teacher from Ohio, I’m a gangster from Oregon. Talk is cheap, it takes money to buy whiskey.
Ed, pray to whatever Demon effigy you prance and dance in front of with your piglet tribe of savages that I decide not to CRUCIFY you.
Anderson, you are going to be on your back more than a pornstar with a mortgage.
To us, that’s epic trash talking, but to others, such as uberpopular left-wing political blog The Huffington Post, it’s a reason to start questioning if the ultra-conservative candidate for the Oregon State Legislature is “racist” and “xenophobic.”
Sonnen has become famous in the Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) world through a twitter account that has been making increasingly outrageous and sometimes racist statements. On twitter.com/sonnench there are memorable tweets such as: “I’m a gangster from Oregon”… “Anderson, [Chael Sonnen’s next MMA opponent] you are going to be on your back more than a pornstar with a mortgage”… and what I find most offensive “Ed [a Brazilian American MMA manager], pray to whatever Demon effigy you prance and dance in front of with your piglet tribe of savages that I decide not to CRUCIFY you.”
I see this last tweet as racist and xenophobic and was wondering how a candidate of a major party for the State Legislature was getting away with this. So I reached out to some Oregon press asking them why they haven’t challenged this candidate on this type of talk. A reporter I emailed said he would take up the story. A couple of days ago he emailed me and said that Sonnen denied that he ever made the statements and that the twitter account is a fake one.
Personally, I don’t see what the big deal is. I find it hard to take anything Sonnen says seriously, but I suppose in the world of politics every little thing you say can and will be used against you in one way, shape or form.