Somewhere within Silicon Valley, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight Josh Thomson is wiping his brow, relieved that he will not be reprimanded for his bizarre gay marriage diatribe on social media earlier this week.
You know, the one he argued opened up a "gateway" to incest and pedophilia, among other sordid crimes.
UFC President Dana White apparently looked into the troubling matter upon his arrival in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, for UFC 161, which takes place this weekend (Sat., June 15, 2013) at MTS Centre, telling MMAFighting.com that "The Punk" -- who clearly isn't the sharpest knife in the draw -- has been cleared of any "hurtful" or "mean-spirited" wrongdoing.
He just happens to have an "asinine" opinion:
"He didn't say anything negative. He didn't say anything bad. He didn't say anything against gay marriage or gay people. He just posed the question. Is it stupid? What he put down was probably the dumbest thing I've heard. He should probably get a hobby like finger painting, or something, and leave talking to smart people. That's probably what he should do. That would probably be really good for him, but we don't stop people from having their own opinions. He doesn't like gay marriage -- that's his opinion. He didn't hurt anybody, he didn't say anything negative. He just said that if people were able to do what they think is fun, or what makes them happy, when does it end? What he said was asinine and absolutely just the stupidest gibberish I've ever seen in my life. He should stick to finger painting or fighting and leave the talking to smarter people. He didn't hurt anybody."
Indeed, Thomson -- fresh off a huge technical knockout win over Nate Diaz at UFC on Fox 7 -- made a huge mistake thinking he could somehow seem intelligent and responsibly debate a controversial topic such as gay marriage through a social media platform.
He issued an official statement (read it here) earlier today, claiming he is "not against gay rights or gay marriage in anyway," but that his "comments were completely taken out of context by some members of the media."
Regardless of what Thomson was trying to say and the reason he decided to volunteer himself for the firing squad is beyond rational comprehension at this point. What we do know is that Thomson, like the rest of humanity, has opinions.
And, according to White, he -- and the rest of the mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters on his roster -- are entitled to them as long as they are not disseminated or delivered in a hateful way.
"The difference between what he did and what Matt Mitrione and Nate Diaz did was that their stuff was derogatory and mean-spirited. It was said to hurt people. No [he will no be punished]. You can't punish a guy for having an opinion. You can punish a guy who is hateful, hurtful and tries to say negative, hurtful things to people."
Mitrione was benched for his rant against transgender fighter Fallon Fox, while Diaz was recently suspended and fined for calling another fighter a "fag," two separate incidents that violated the promotion's Code of Conduct (see it here).
You see a difference?