Fox Sports Apologizes for Chael Sonnen’s Remarks Regarding Rihanna and Domestic Violence

Written by Tom Ngo
September 18th, 2013

UFC Middleweight Chael Sonnen

Well, it was bound to happen. FOX might love Chael Sonnen (pictured) for his brash and outspoken persona, but the controversial UFC fighter put his foot in his mouth during last night’s appearance on “Fox Sports 1 Live.”

The panel was breaking down Floyd Mayweather’s blockbuster boxing match with Canelo Alvarez when Sonnen decided to take the discussion to a place it didn’t need to go.

“Look, Floyd needs to keep doing what he’s doing, which is fighting complete tomato cans who we’ve never heard of before,” Sonnen stated. “I’ve never seen anybody in the history of America get so rich and so famous off of having complete wimps throwing punch at their faces.

“I know what you’re saying. You’re saying, ‘Well, it’s happened before, what about Rihanna?’ Shame on you. Classless. I will not stand for it. Too soon? Was it too soon?” 

Yes, Uncle Chael, far too soon. In fact, let’s just say all domestic violence jokes are never in play – particularly on live television on a mainstream network.

Sonnen was referencing the brutal 2009 beating R&B singer Chris Brown unleashed on then-girlfriend and fellow singing superstar Rihanna.

Fox Sports immediately went into damage control and released the following statement to DeadSpin apologizing for Sonnen’s insensitive remarks:

“FOX Sports regrets the comments Chael Sonnen made during last night’s edition of FOX Sports Live. They were an inappropriate attempt at humor that Sonnen acknowledges shouldn’t have been made and he apologizes to anyone who may have been offended by his remarks.”

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