Remember those controversial comments Chael Sonnen made last year about Lance Armstrong, then mind-bogglingly blamed on a Hispanic impersonator days later on ESPN’s Rome is Burning? Of course you do. How could you forget?
Well, guess what? Uncle Chael finally came clean. If you watched his full Q&A from last weekend, you already knew, but if you missed it, here’s the money quote via Yahoo! Sports.
“Of course it was me,” Sonnen bellowed. “Come on, ‘Was it me?’ I’m a genius. That was the single greatest thing I’ve ever done. I’m so proud of that moment, and I’m disappointed that I’ve outed it, because there are actually people out there who don’t think that was me.”
As Sonnen tells it, he actually fooled several “major players” at Nike. I can’t for the life of me comprehend how, but they believed him and they set out to clear his name.
“The guys at Nike really think it’s not me,” Sonnen said. “So, they’ve got this high-tech sound equipment at Nike in something they call ‘The Hive,’ where they make their commercials that are aired throughout the whole world. It’s like super high-tech and they’re playing the tape of when I said Lance Armstrong, but I denied that I said it versus when I say something else that has the ‘ah’ of Armstrong. There was a different sound in the ‘a.’ So these major players at Nike start to get involved, and they want to crack this forensic code and clear my name. I said, ‘Hey guys, you might want to back off on this,’ because I got roughed up on this one and I’m going to have to take the bump.”
You can check out his confession below at the 3:40 mark. He played it off well, I’ll give him that.