(If mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.)
B.J. Penn brought the big guns to today’s hearing with the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Not only did the Hawaiian have his lawyer on hand to go over his twenty-page complaint, Penn’s mother, Lorraine Shin, got up and read a statement that, according to MMA Weekly, “accused the Commission of not doing its duty to protect fighters.”
That’s right, Penn brought his mother. And she was allowed to deliver a statement for some reason. Apparently someone was worried that this whole greasing scandal thing hadn’t gotten ridiculous enough yet. Problem solved.
GSP wasn’t at the hearing, but Greg Jackson and Phil Nurse were there to offer testimony acknowledging their error in putting Vaseline on GSP’s body, but they both insisted it was unintentional and said they’d be open to rule changes to prevent a mistake like that happening again.
The commission also looked at video evidence from UFC 94, and questioned the relevant parties about greasing in general and substances one might use to become especially slippery. All of this, of course, resulted in absolutely no action from the NSAC. Executive Director Keith Kizer said he has “no plans to bring anything against anybody in this case,” though the commission could decide to take the formal inquiry further if they want to.
According to the Las Vegas Sun, Penn’s lawyer vowed, “It’s definitely not going to end today.”
Penn is also quoted as saying: “The ultimate vindication would be a rematch and kick his butt. A good vindication would be a fair rematch and if he beats me fairly, I’ll be the first to shake his hand."
Oh, Christ, B.J. You’re not getting that rematch. The best thing to do is to admit that he already did beat you, that greasing didn’t affect the outcome, and then move on with your career as the best lightweight in the world. But you’re not going to do that anyway, so screw it. Might as well drag it out as long as possible.