Chael Sonnen has just knocked himself even further down in my book. Trash-talking opponents and other fighters is one thing, but trash-talking someone who beat cancer is QUITE another. Sonnen reaches a new low as you’ll see in this quote below, when he accuses Lance Armstrong giving himself cancer….really Chael? Calling him a fraud “just like Anderson Silva” in his mind makes it OK I guess. There’s a point when you pass over from doing something for the shock factor and just being plain rude…Sonnen definitely crossed that.
“When you screw up, you have to own it. That stuff really gets under my skin. Take Lance Armstrong. Lance Armstrong did a number of things and he gave himself cancer. He cheated, he did drugs, and he gave himself cancer. Well, instead of saying ‘Hey listen, I cheated and gave myself cancer, don’t be like me.’ He actually made himself the victim and then went out and profited something like $15 million dollars from this ‘Hey, poor me, let’s find a cure for cancer’ campaign instead of just coming clean and saying, ‘Look, here’s what I did, I screwed myself up, and I hope people learn from my mistakes.’ You just watch these guys and can’t help but think, God, what a fraud. You got the whole Michael Phelps being a pothead thing too. I’m just glad I’m in the business I’m in so I can get them in the cage and kick the crap out of them.”