Rashad Evans Sparks Controversy with Jerry Sandusky Reference

Written by Tom Ngo
December 7th, 2011

UFC Rashad Evans

On Wednesday afternoon, the UFC hosted a press conference in Chicago, Illinois to promote their second show on FOX. Although Chael Sonnen was at the podium, the game’s most lethal trash talker was not the one that issued the highly controversial comment that has many in an uproar.

During a heated exchange between Rashad Evans (Pictured) and Phil Davis, Evans told his light heavyweight counterpart that he was going to put beating on him. Verbiage like that is certainly nothing new in the fight business, but Evans did so by referencing the child molestation situation that’s currently under investigation at Penn State University.

“I’m gonna put those hands on you worse than that dude did to them other kids at Penn State,” Evans emphatically stated.

In addition to drawing a chorus of ‘oohs’ and ‘awes’ from the live audience, Evans’ remark also caused UFC president Dana White and Davis to chuckle. Davis, a former wrestler for the Nittany Lions, offered no rebuttal.

Coincidentally, an hour before Evans made his comment, Jerry Sandusky, the 67-year-old former Penn State football coach being accused of sexually molesting young boys, was arrested and jailed after two new victims came forward.

Sandusky has now allegedly molested 10 underage boys. He faces more than 50 charges stemming from accusations he molested boys for years on Penn State property, in his home and elsewhere.

Ironically, Evans had his young son sitting on his lap for most of the presser. However, Rashad Jr. was not present when “Suga” make his Penn State comment.

Evans and Davis exchange pleasantries at the 1:08:10 mark:

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