Famed MMA journalist Ariel Helwani shared his thought about the situation that UFC commentator Joe Rogan is currently facing.
The Canadian believes that the famous podcaster is dealing with the consequences of his actions. Rogan is currently under fire after a compilation video came out on the internet of him saying the racial slur ‘N-word’ multiple times.
“The story I am choosing to believe, based on my conversations… Again, not me making up stuff, not me putting out stuff – because I’ve told you already how I feel about this whole thing – look, there has to be repercussions for the things that you said. I don’t care if it happened 10 years ago, 15 years ago. When you say things that are racist there’s going to be repercussions. That’s not cancel culture, that’s accountability. So whatever happens happens.” said Helwani during an episode of The MMA Hour.
Helwani initially expressed his support for Rogan after he received a ton of backlash about several of his podcast content which was deemed by some parties as spreading false information about the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccines. He also said that Rogan is “being done dirty” by the media.
Joe Rogan was also absent from his post at the UFC 271 commentary booth and got replaced by Michael Bisping. Ariel Helwani previously reported that Rogan won’t be available due to a “scheduling conflict.”
However, UFC president Dana White shut down the reports during the UFC 271 post-fight press conference, claiming Rogan could’ve worked that night but chose not to.
“There’s no conflict of schedule. Joe Rogan didn’t work tonight. Joe Rogan could have worked tonight … I don’t know what Joe Rogan had to do, you guys will have to ask Joe Rogan. There was no ‘Joe couldn’t work tonight’ or anything like that. I know that came out, it’s total bulls***.”
Meanwhile Rogan announced his new comedy tour – and his unofficial mouthpiece Brendan Schaub claimed that the fans will be thrilled once they learn why Rogan cancelled UFC 270 gig.
Luthfi Prawiro is a writer based in Jakarta, Indonesia. He has a strong passion for combat sports and a BA in Psychology. His undergraduate thesis was on the Sports Psychology of MMA.