Our favorite Oregon Gangster, Chael Sonnen continues to show his lack of patience with the press. Last November Sonnen infamously walked off his interview for “Off The Record” as he felt the unprepared questions were a waste of his time. It’s happened again, this time with Portland, Oregon’s 750 “The Game” with John Canzano.
The interview looked to go good as Sonnen spoke on his upcoming title shot against Anderson Silva at UFC 148 on July 7 in Vegas. But when it came down to controversial questions of his past legal issues, a slip by the host calling it “Mortgage Fraud,” (which technically was not the charge) sets off an avalanche of awkward airplay.
Canzano: You came on the show a couple years ago, since that time you’ve had the Anderson Silva fight, you got the suspension for the testosterone levels, you got the guilty plea in the mortgage fraud thing in 2011…how much of that stuff is behind you? How much of that stuff are you still dealing with?
Sonnen: Uh…It’s all behind me. I’ve never been in any sort of mortgage fraud, I’m not sure where you guys get that term up. But every time I come on your show you make new things up…so. I guess it’s good. I hope you’re not still beating your wife, John.
Canzano: Oh c’mon. You didn’t plead guilty to any kind of crime?
Sonnen: Well sure, but is that what you just said? Or did you state a crime, as you do every time I come on the show and say things that aren’t true. And I said I hope that you still don’t beat your wife.
Canzano: I said that you pled guilty to mortgage fraud…
Sonnen: Right, and I said that I hope you don’t beat your wife and I was never even accused of mortgage fraud.
Canzano: What was it? Money laundering?
Sonnen: There you go!
Canzano: Okay, so it was money laundering. …In connection to a mortgage.
Sonnen: But you can see the problem when I come onto your show and you make things up. Don’t you see the problem when a hometown guy comes on and you make things up? This is why I don’t like to do your show. You’re unprepared, you’re unprofessional.
Canzano: Look, I’m looking right here at the research. I’m looking at the case…
Sonnen: You’re looking at the research?! I guarantee I know what you’re looking at, you did Google. And I’m glad that you admitted it on the air that that’s your level of research, John. You’re about the most unprofessional guy there is. And, boy, I hope you’re done beating your wife. Let’s just call the interview over.
Canzano: Chael! Come on, man! Seriously?
(Sonnen hangs up)
The reference of ‘wife beating’ is actually said to be a classic counter to a presumed question. Joe Rogan and Sonnen had spoke briefly on the topic during a podcast, as it had recently came up during an interview between host Jim Rome and NBA Commissioner David Stern. Sonnen hilariously takes the offense and ends the call after some scornful insults on the host.