In today’s social media age nothing remains hidden or forgotten. Athletes, celebrities, and artists are all under the microscope of the public sense 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. When posting anything on social media they all have to be extra careful on what they say because of their statue in society they are not held to the same standards as everyone else. UFC light heavyweight fighter Anthony “Rumble” Johnson is feeling the heat from an insensitive post on his Facebook page. Below is the full post:
“To the ugly girl in the gym built like a bag of dry dog food, this is for you. If you get in my way or any other athlete way again I’ll through your yoga mat across the gym AGAIN.
“Who in their right mind stretches where ppl are suppose to lift? Don’t ever run your mouth at me again you won’t win that battle I will. Talking about it was rude that I lifted next to you while you were stretching. You need more than stretching to help that beat up body.
“Run to the front desk again crying talking about you feel threaten and gonna go to social media. I really don’t care! I’ve been through worse! That’s a athletes gym not a yoga studio. That fake crying does nothing for anybody btw. Just like the guy said you live in his neighborhood and you exaggerate and overreact all the time …
“So one more time don’t run your mouth and don’t do yoga stretching where ppl lift weights or I’ll snatch the mat from under you AGAIN and throw it AGAIN …
“Understand? Good girl …“One more thing stop wearing sports bras when your tummy look like a old country red clay dirt road.”
While we all have our pet peeves, body shaming and bullying on social media hardly an acceptable manner of addressing any issues. Shortly after the post made headlines online the UFC was quick to address it, “UFC is aware of the situation involving Anthony Johnson. We take these matters seriously and have commenced a formal investigation by a third-party law firm. We will act accordingly once we gather more information.”
Last year Johnson was temporarily suspended by the UFC when allegations of domestic violence were brought to him by the mother of his children. In 2010 Johnson was found guilty after pleading no contest to domestic violence charges.
Johnson later posted an apology to the women on his Facebook:
“I’m man enough to admit when I’m wrong and yesterday I was absolutely wrong. I shouldn’t have gotten that upset from the start but I did, I mean I’m human. I said some pretty nasty things about a female from my gym while full of emotions (not a good idea) so I do wanna apologize to her for being rude as I was and not taking a break to relax after our argument. Sorry to everyone else too for having to witness me getting upset about a argument in the gym. I’m not going to sugarcoat it and make it seem like I’m a angel because I’m not but I will admit when I’m wrong. Other than that I hope everybody has a awesome day.”
It will interesting how this latest incident plays out under the UFC’s Fighter Conduct Policy and if they feel a need to punish Johnson for his post.