At Saturday night’s UFC 191, light-heavyweight punch-master Anthony “Rumble” Johnson battered opponent Jimi Manuwa until Manuwa was unconscious. It was an impressive performance, and a much-needed high note on an event that was at times lackluster. Rumble was cheered vociferously by the crowd, his accolades well-deserved. But when he exited the cage and walked by press row, he let out this quip to the media assembled:
Rumble walking past press row: “Media, write a report on that sh*t. I know ya’ll got a lot of sh*t to say. Write about that sh*t.”
— John Morgan (@MMAjunkieJohn) September 6, 2015
At the postfight press conference, the 205-pound contender went a little further, adding:
“Like I said before, you guys are going to write what you want want to write,” Johnson subsequently told MMAjunkie in the post-event press conference. “A lot of you guys write a lot of bullsh-t. But that’s what you do. That’s what you have to do to get paid, and I’m fine with that.
“But if you’re going to write something bad, also write something good.”
So. This kind of begs the question: Does the media harp too much on all the bad things Rumble does and not dwell enough on the good? Is this a problem that extends beyond coverage of Johnson himself?
It’s certainly true that a lot of bad things have been written about Johnson – including the shadows cast by his domestic violence past, and whatever conflagrations occur between him and yoga-practicing women in the gym. But it’s not like these things are fabricated out of thin air. They actually happen, and are therefore reported on. And yet, what’s also reported on are the accomplishments that happen within the Octagon.
If Rumble thinks too many bad things are written about him, then maybe he should stop doing bad things.
Am I right?