Former UFC light heavyweight champ Tito Ortiz has issued a semi-formal, yet fully-vague, apology to Chuck Liddell for accusing “The Iceman” of loving his alcoholic beverages on the rocks a little too much.
“I want to apologize to Chuck about the drinking thing. I was wrong because he is a father. I crossed the personal line. I will never say anything about it again. Sorry Chuck,” Ortiz Tweeted early Saturday morning.
During “The Ultimate Fighter 11” media day back in January, where the two are currently serving as opposing coaches, Ortiz claimed Liddell was an alcoholic and had just recently found sobriety after a come-to-Jesus intervention spearheaded by UFC president Dana White.
Both White and Liddell have vehemently denied any issues with the bottle.
Which leads us to the real question. What exactly did Ortiz just apologize for?
For lying about the whole “drinking thing” or the fact that he despicably brought it to light?
“I don’t know what his problem is,” Liddell told MMAFighting.com back in February. “I don’t know why he would say it. If it were true, it’s an [expletive] thing to say. If it isn’t true, which it isn’t, it’s doubly bad so I don’t know what his problem is.
“But he always says something stupid. What else is he going to say? You know he runs his mouth trying to get attention. That’s what he does.”
Without a doubt, if any MMA fighter’s life should be compared to that of a rockstar, it would be Liddell’s. During his dominating Octagon run between ’04-’06, Liddell famously celebrated each of his six knockout victories by inviting everyone to party with him at the latest Vegas hot spot.
Although his speeches were a big hit among fans, his post-fight party promoting skills certainly helped build his rocker persona.
In all fairness to Liddell, just because he’s spotted in the clubs doesn’t necessarily mean he’s boozing it up. However, it does give off certain impressions and leaves the door open for guys like Ortiz to make claims, even if they may be unfounded and outrageous.
Would you care to clarify your apology, Mr. Jameson?