Although some are blaming Affliction Entertainment for cancelling their “Trilogy” event, heavyweight Ben Rothwell, who was slated to face Chase Gormley on the August 1st card, isn’t. He states the finger should be pointed directly in co-headliner Josh Barnett’s direction.
“I just want to say I don’t understand why people are blaming Affliction,” Rothwell told Sherdog.com. “What are they supposed to do in this situation? It isn’t their fault Josh tested positive for steroids. From what I understand, this is a business decision and it comes down to losing a little money or a lot of money. What would you do?”
Without a doubt Rothwell is correct. Barnett’s blunder cost Affliction Entertainment and it’s partners millions of dollars. There is simply no recovering from that in today’s economy.
“I blame Josh Barnett,” stated Rothwell. “If anyone deserves to be criticized it’s him.”
It’s suprising that anyone would think otherwise.