Six days after boasting about making a “fat” woman cry at the gym and throwing her yoga mat across the facility because she was stretching where people were lifting weights, UFC light heavyweight Anthony Johnson has apologized and agreed to undergo counseling.
After catching wind of Johnson’s controversial Facebook rant, which he deleted shortly after publishing, the UFC hired an independent, third-party company to conduct an investigation on the incident.
“Following a thorough investigation by a third-party law firm, UFC is extremely disappointed with Anthony Johnson’s recent actions, as the organization does not tolerate behavior of this nature from any athletes under contract with the UFC,” The UFC expressed in Monday’s statement. “Johnson personally apologized to the woman he verbally offended at a Florida gym last week and for the insensitive comments he made on social media afterwards. The woman accepted Johnson’s apology and indicated a desire to put this unfortunate matter behind them.
“In order to ensure these situations do not happen in the future, Johnson has agreed to participate in counseling and UFC will support him through this process. Johnson has also agreed to make a donation to a Florida-based women’s charity.”
Among some of the ugly and fat shaming things Johnson wrote about the woman was that she was “built like a bag of dry dog food” and to “stop wearing sports bras when your tummy look like a old country red clay dirt road.”
It is bad enough for any grown man to brag about arguing with a woman, but it was worse coming from Johnson given his domestic violence history.
The controversial 31-year-old was temporarily suspended by the UFC as recently as last September for allegedly knocking out the two front teeth of the mother of his two children in 2012. The charges were subsequently dismissed and Johnson was reinstated by the UFC.
Johnson was also arrested in 2009 for domestic violence, battery, death threats and destroying a phone to prevent the report of a crime in a situation with his ex-girlfriend.
I’m sure Johnson will finally get the message after a few hours of counseling…