Chael Sonnen has chosen to forgive the Liver King.
The former three-time UFC title contender once again addressed the apology of Brian Johnson, better known by his wildly popular internet persona, the Liver King. After promoting his ancestral lifestyle as a path to obtaining peak physical conditioning, it was revealed in a leaked email that Liver King has a monthly steroid habit costing nearly $12,000 per month. Shortly after the reveal, Liver King delivered an apology, remaining in character throughout the process.
After some time to reflect on the situation and the apology delivered, Chael Sonnen has opted to forgive the Liver King. Speaking on his latest episode of ‘Beyond the Fight‘ on YouTube, Sonnen gave some insight on why people should ultimately accept the Liver King’s apology.
“The jury has deliberated and the jury has come to a decision. Know what we’re going to do with the Liver King? We’re gonna accept his apology.”
“When he gave his apology, he did it in character. I’ve never seen that. Well, one exception. Saw it when I was a little boy and I’ll share that story with you. I’ve never seen somebody do it in character. If Al Pacino got in a jam somewhere, I just couldn’t imagine him going in front of the media and doing it as Tony Montana.
“It just wouldn’t work that way. So when the Liver King gave the apology and he chose to do it without the shirt and he chose to do it with the voice I thought, ‘This is going to be interesting. I don’t know how this is going to go.”
Though Sonnen believes that the apology was less than sincere, he is willing to give Liver King a pass based on the concept that the man behind Liver King, Brian Johnson, is simply playing a character. A character who made a mistake and attempted to make it right via a scripted apology, no different than something commonly seen in the world of professional wrestling.
“For the most part, the apology was wildly insincere. Should we be mad at that? That’s a big question and I’m on the standpoint of no. No. This is a character. He attempted to come clean. He corrected some things. He held onto the brand and kayfabed in others. I think that’s good enough for a character right?”
“If he’s choosing to tell a fiction story, he’s a character. I think that he’s got that right.”