By Brandt DeLorenzo on Nov 28, 2007
And he wasn’t at a photo shoot for men’s shaving products. It might as well have been at the latest Nation of Islam meeting.
If you don’t remember John Philapavage asking where Rampage Jackson was in his article a few weeks back, here it is. Apparently Jackson has emerged in a “semi-controversial” interview with TMZ, according to MMA News.
This is what Jackson had to say regarding the recent shooting death of Washington Redskins free safety Sean Taylor during a botched robbery attempt:
“Black folks, when you get in trouble [and you] call 911, please sound white when you call … We all sound white when we need to.”
Why Rampage, why?! As the light-heavyweight UFC champion, you need to think before you say stupid stuff!
Does Jackson sound white when he needs to? Does anyone care what or who he sounds like? Are we pitting black against white in MMA now too? It was a home burglary and a man was shot in his upper leg. I won’t get go into the technical details of the massive amounts of bleeding that occurs when your femoral artery is severed. Let’s just say that you could lose around 10% of your blood within a minute.
Here’s the kicker, Taylor mostly likely died because his home phone line was cut his girlfriend had to find and use her call phone to call the authorities. The Miami Herald detailed the aftermath of Taylor’s shooting in this article.
After Monday’s shooting, Taylor’s girlfriend tried to call police from the house line, only to discover the line had been cut. She had to use her mobile phone to call 911, which delayed response time, said Redskins Vice President Vinny Cerrato.
Great. Another fighter acting ignorant for everyone to see. I think Jackson needs to read up on the recent positive life-altering changes that Evan Tanner is displaying these days.
Not only am I glad that Rampage isn’t getting any camera time, I’m hoping someone pulls him aside for some lessons in public appearance behavior. Wasn’t Jackson supposed to be that funny guy who played pranks? There’s a pretty bold line between funny and stupid. You can say that he was a boring champion, but at least Chuck Lidell isn’t pulling out the race card.
Maybe this is his feeble attempt to respond to the fans who can’t seem to find him aside from his short appearances as a ringside UFC spectator. Maybe there’s a reason why. Or maybe it was all just a joke.
About the Author: Brandt DeLorenzo started MMA Opinion in June of 2007 and began working as a MMA photographer shortly thereafter. He enjoys being cageside at regional events or just watching the fights. His favorite fighters are Frankie Edgar and Gegard Mousasi.