Forrest Griffin fails to make new friends with a fresh set of controversial tweets about kids with cancer

Since the conclusion of first season of The Ultimate Fighter, every subsequent live UFC event has featured his fight with Stephen Bonnar on the Jumbo-Tron at arenas around the world while Baba O’Riley pumps the crowd up for the main card. I usually take this opportunity to run to the nearest concession stand as fast as possible and juggle my nachos and fountain soda back to my seat. Sometimes I make it back in time to watch the end of the montage, other times I spill my soda over my nachos and I’m forced to eat the soggiest plate of processed cheese & tortillas I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. It’s an unfortunate reality of every MMA fan, and if you haven’t experienced it yet, I tip my sombrero to you.

Unfortunately, Forrest is back in the hot seat with some more controversial tweets, this time about kids with Cancer. Forrest Griffin’s past rape jokes on Twitter were misunderstood. In fact, most of his jokes are misunderstood. While he may not be able to verbalize or tweet (twat?) his exact thoughts in 140 characters or less, people are quick to assume he’s an insensitive person who should be banned from the UFC and twitter alike. We like Forrest Griffin. We like watching his fights, reading his books, and we really like that he spends a whole lot of time with sick kids and donates money to local rape crisis & child hunger organizations in Las Vegas, despite his inability to effectively communicate on Twitter. Thanks to FightLinker for the find.

While he tries to explain what he meant in follow-up tweets, it appears that the twittersphere has resumed being critical of his choice of words and it has prompted all sorts of replies like these…

…to which Forrest responded like this:

While I can’t defend what someone else puts out on Twitter, I can say that I admire Forrest for his body of work inside the Octagon and amongst his community. Dana White does too. Perhaps a second look at his tweets make the whole miscommunication a bit clearer, or maybe they infuriated you further, but regardless of how you feel about his tweeting (twatting?), you have to admit that the man does more with his discretionary income than most other UFC fighters, and he does it on his own accord. If more professional athletes were like him, kids with serious illnesses would strive that much harder to push through their ailments and live fulfilling lives. We hope Forrest continues doing what he’s doing regardless of his inability to effectively joke about it on twitter.

Published on February 14, 2012 at 8:24 pm
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