It hasn't been a good month for former The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 18 contestant, Cody Bollinger.
"Bam Bam" blatantly, and foolishly, missed weight when it was his turn to compete on the FOX Sports 1-produced mixed martial arts (MMA) "reality" show. And, as a result, he was summarily dismissed from the tournamant-style program by Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White.
Well, it hasn't been all that bad.
Nonetheless, just weeks after the episode aired, Bollinger recently took to Facebook to express his desire to do physical harm to the President of the United States of America, Barack Obama.
Check out his status update:
via Bloody Elbow
Why is someone saying, "I want to kick the president's ass" on Facebook such an issue? I'm glad you asked!
Threatening the President of the United States is a class D felony under United States Code Title 18, Section 871. It consists of knowingly and willfully mailing or otherwise making "any threat to take the life of, to kidnap, or to inflict bodily harm upon the President of the United States". The United States Secret Service investigates suspected violations of this law and monitors those who have a history of threatening the President.
Now, Bollinger will almost certainly not be prosecuted like many other people who can't bite their lips (Volkmannized!); however, the Secret Service (the people who guard elected officials and whose job includes taking a bullet for them if needed) makes it a habit of following up on every "threat" that comes its way.
Even seemingly innocuous comments made by children have been known to trigger unexpected visits.
The rationale behind Bollinger's rant is irrational at best, too. It seems he was upset that when President Obama read the Gettysburg Address earlier today, omitting the phrase "under God" from the speech. However, Obama was actually reading from the earliest draft of Abraham Lincoln's speech, which does not include that phrase at the request of filmmaker and documentarian, Ken Burns.
So, let's review: Don't make threats against the President. Don't go spouting off when you don't know the full story. And hopefully, for Bollinger's sake, learn from this and don't do it again (Volkmannized: Part Deux!).