Similar to his “fake” Twitter account, Chael Sonnen is now denying he ever made any comments about Lance Armstrong. He told Ariel Helwani yesterday that he was never on Pro MMA Radio earlier this week, despite clear audio evidence that he was. Well, Jim Rome had Sonnen on his radio show this morning and called him on it. As you’d expect, Chael tried to talk his way out of it. (Audio)
Jim Rome: What happened? Did you or did you not make the statement that Lance Armstrong gave himself cancer?
Chael Sonnen: I did not, and Lance Armstrong called me about that. We’re teammates on the Nike team together. I work out in the Lance Armstrong building three days a week at the Nike campus at the world headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon. I have never spoke of Lance Armstrong or anyone else that doesn’t have a contract in the middleweight division with the UFC.
Rome: So what did Lance Armstrong say when he called you?
Sonnen: He said I heard your interview. What are you saying about me? I said well that was the first I heard about it. He broke the story for me. I thought he was kidding. And I didn’t even think it was him. I’ve only talked to him on the phone a couple times. I didn’t really know what was going on. He blindsided me, and now you’re the third person to bring it up. Someone asked me about it yesterday too, but I assure you Jim, you will not see any footage of any such interview, complimentary or derogatory, on that topic.
Rome: There’s actually audio though on the internet. If it’s not you, it’s somebody saying it. Is it not you who made the statement?
Sonnen: Look, it’s not me. There’s five MySpace pages for me. They’re not me. There’s five Facebooks and two Twitter accounts, and I’m not even on the internet on a daily basis, so I can’t say it any clearer. I told Lance, I made peace with him yesterday. That’s not me.
Rome: Let me ask you something. For instance, I know what you mean when you say there’s five MySpace pages. Even I got those imposter MySpace pages, but there’s a link of audio that went through Yahoo. I mean I can play this for you. Can you tell me if I play this for you that this is not you?
Sonnen: Yeah, absolutely. You can play it for me.
Rome: Let me play it for you, go ahead. (Plays audio) Chael, I could be wrong, but that sounds a lot like you.
Sonnen: Jim, that doesn’t sound anything like me. Have the callers call in. There’s no way anybody will think that sounds like me.
Rome: Chael, honestly? Because, respectfully, it sounds exactly like you.
Sonnen: Sounds like a guy with a Hispanic accent to me. Maybe I had a bad connection, but I thought you were kidding around with that voice over. That’s certainly not me.
Rome: Alright, so you’re telling me that’s not you, Chael?
Sonnen: I can’t say it to you any clearer, brother.
Josh Gross made a good point. What’s ironic about this is Chael made the Armstrong comments during a rant about taking personal responsibility for your actions, yet when asked to do the same, he wouldn’t own up to what he said even after the audio evidence is played right back to him. It’s basically the definition of hypocrisy… or the type of behavior exhibited by the average politician. Maybe Chael was just practicing.