UFC light heavyweight Forrest Griffin recently learned all too well that you sometimes have to choose your words very carefully.
The former champion sent out a message on his Twitter account days ago that read “Rape is the New Missionary” and the backlash was felt immediately.
Rape is a subject that is handled with kid gloves, because of the obviously devastating nature of such a heinous and foul crime.
When Griffin sent out the tweet, he was actually reacting to the news in which he saw the recent situation surrounding the crimes perpetrated by former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, who allegedly sexually assaulted several children over a number of years.
This situation along with other recent rape cases had Griffin amazed at the way that rape has somehow become “commonplace” in society, and left him wondering if this is what the world has come to.
Without the context attached to his message, Griffin put the tweet out into the world. The backlash, as would be expected, was fierce and unrelenting.
An author of two books, Griffin has never been one to hold his tongue on any subject, but following the feedback from the very controversial nature of the message, he apologized, and on Thursday he visited a local rape crisis center in Las Vegas to personally give the message.
Meeting with Hannah Brook, Executive Director of the Rape Crisis Center, Griffin apologized for his remark and made a donation to the center.
“The entire comment was disgusting and insensitive,” said Brook when speaking to local Las Vegas station KTNV.
While Griffin insisted that his message was simply a serious thought on how common rape seems in the news these days, he understood why everyone was so outraged and he feels bad that the situation ever happened.
“I feel bad. I want to apologize. I feel like I should be punished a little bit,” Griffin said.
The original message has been deleted from Griffin’s Twitter account, along with a few responses Griffin made when fans questioned his message. He’s now responded by saying, “I love Twitter cause by the time you want to take ‘it’ back, ‘it’s’ out there forever.”
Griffin has since posted a message saying he’s taking a break from Twitter altogether.
“Maybe other professional athletes or just guys in locker rooms can kind of be more sensitive towards the topic of rape,” said Griffin. “Once you take the comments in the light of day, you feel disgusted by it, but at the time, you don’t think.”