Chael Sonnen Doesn’t Buy that Violent Sports Lead to Violent Acts

December 27, 2012
16 Comments

Chael Sonnen at UFC 148Whenever a tragedy happens, there’s always an immediate search for the cause and effect surrounding the horrible incident.

In the case of Kansas City Chiefs player Jovan Belcher, who murdered his girlfriend before committing suicide, there were more than a few questions as to why this all happened?

In a question raised by Showtime host Jim Rome to UFC fighter and Ultimate Fighter coach Chael Sonnen, he asked if a violent sport leads to a violent life? Could Belcher’s involvement in a violent sport such as football put him on the past to violent acts like the horrible atrocities he committed on Dec. 1?

“I absolutely don’t,” Sonnen said when asked if violence begets violence. “Jovan goes in, he does a horrible, horrible, despicable act, they blame everything. They blame depression, they blame concussions. Look concussions don’t mash people’s brains up, I mash people’s brains up. Let’s not forget this is the same sport where these guys were wrapping a roll of toilet paper around their head and then going out and playing.

“Nobody ever killed their girlfriend until O.J. Simpson got the bright idea to do it.”

Sonnen doesn’t believe you have to look any further for the cause of the violent crime than to Belcher himself, who is the one that committed the act. Playing football or fighting in a cage don’t lead someone to commit murder.

Sometimes a person is just evil and they do an evil thing according to Sonnen.

“They blame everything from the concussions, to depression, to possible medication, they even blamed the gun. I read articles where they blamed the gun. When’s the last time you saw a gun walk into a room and shoot somebody?” Sonnen asked.

“They did everything they could do except blame the dumbass that was holding the gun that is named Javon Belcher. Let’s make sure to call it what it is.”

  • DamianCross

    I know this isn’t quite the same thing, but Chael needs to come out with me to Buffalo Wild Wings for the next UFC and wait till around the co-main event when everyone has had a few drinks.

    You wanna see violence beget violence? Yeah…

    • Joey

      This is completely different than what Chael was referring to. He is talking about situation with someone that actually participates in the violent sport their whole life and whether that has an effect on their actions.

      Not drunk idiots wearing Affliction shirts that are two sizes to small, that “train” MMA and end up getting in a fight with the bro two tables down that doesnt agree with his preference of fighter….

    • Cockholster

      Oh how butch of you!

    • Cockholsters

      Dont think Chael needs to come out to “Buffalo Wild Wings” with you, he already has a missus…

  • Mandingo

    bad parenting leads to all this! once some dumbass thought its not a good idea to spank your own child the problems began!

    • MuayThaiFood

      Excactly….people don’t beat their kids enough these days. That’s the reason.

      • Chris

        No…..people don’t discipline their kids enough. Huge difference.

        • MuayThaiFood

          Apparently I didn’t go over the top enough for you to catch the sarcasm. :)

          • John Bunch

            I got it bro!

  • Cockholster

    How is American Football(since football is the proper sport played on the continent) a violent sport?? The ladies where helmets, shoulder pads(!), knee pads and a variety of other pads. Maybe even some lipstick.. Come on, MMA violent? Maybe. American Football? Surely not…

    • Scotty_O

      Here you are my European friend.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wpAZHcmEUc

    • John Bunch

      That is one of the most ignorant comments I’ve read in quite sometime…and I use the term ignorance based upon its classical meaning, ie devoid of information. There are men with crippling spinal injuries wheeling around (not walking) that might beg to differ with you. Some dead ones too…but they’re not wheeling, they’re just decomposing. Search out some hits by a guy named James Harrison, and see if the word “violent” might describe some of his hits. I remember Laurence Taylor turning Joe Theisman’s leg into a pencil sharpener.

      • George Sperry

        Jack Tatum/Darryl Stingley. One of the most violent/disturbing hits I have ever seen.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Charlie-Phillips/1234886916 Charlie Phillips

    I agree 100% with sonnen in this day and age its easier to blame others for your problems. They blame the nra, music, movies, and video games. Instead of blaming others for the wrongs in this world why don’t they focus on ways to help the people before they turn to violent acts. If more people would notice the little changes or encourage people to seek help maybe we wouldnt hear about so many violent acts.

  • George Sperry

    I wonder if Chael believes participating in a violent sport leads to hypocrisy and money laundering?

  • Bob

    When someone sweeps everything under the rug of evil that person is usually a simplistic right winger like Chael who would rather label than think. The people who have spent years getting their Phd’s and and their lives studying these things never seem to credit something to “evil”.

    And no one anywhere blamed the gun. What Chael’s less than stellar comprehension didn’t quite get is that whatever article he read obviously was referring how with permissive gun laws any unstable person can get the most efficient means to kill someone.

    Yeah he could have stabbed her but there could be a struggle and become really messy (or maybe she even gets away). Is going to say by to his coach with blood all over his shirt? Maybe he would go back home and change first. Now a lot more time has passed. Maybe he will just have to stab himself to death at home without saying bye to his coach (sounds like fun) or hang himself. (So lets take a trip to home Depot.)

    Or with a gun: bang bang she’s dead; get in the car and drive to work. Bye coach – bang.