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MMA Moron Week Continues: Roy Nelson Gets Racial, Says Daniel Cormier Pulled an “Uncle Tom Move”

(Is Cormier an “Uncle Tom”? Absolutely not. But you can’t deny his talents as a mandingo fighter./ Image via

By George Shunick

Jesus Christ, it hasn’t even been 24 hours since a notable MMA figure said something unbelievably stupid. Yet here we are again. This time the culprit is Roy Nelson, who called fellow UFC heavyweight Daniel Cormier an “Uncle Tom” during an interview with Ariel Helwani. As BloodyElbow summarizes:

Ariel brought up Daniel Cormier’s recent statements that he wants to kick Nelson’s ass in part “for Dana White.” Nelson went a bizarre direction with his response, stating “Having a lot of black friends. They would say that would be more of an Uncle Tom move.”

Pushed to expand on what made it an “Uncle Tom move,” Nelson laughed and said “That’s what my friends were saying. And I was just like ‘wow!’ Hey it is what it is. You gotta do what you can do for the boss.”

Wow, indeed. While I’m not one to try to rank the degrees of horribleness between different ways of denigrating an entire people…yeah, this is probably the worst thing that’s been uttered this week by pretty much any public figure in American sports. And Nelson — who is managed by Mike Kogan‘s RealTalk Entertainment, by the way — has no lack of competition.

If you’re unaware of what the phrase “Uncle Tom” means and what the implications of its use are, go ahead and brush up on that. Of course, this isn’t the first instance of “Uncle Tom” being used in pugilistic trash talk — Muhammad Ali famously taunted Joe Frazier with the epithet during their rivalry. Afterwards, Frazier would take pride in his contributions to Ali’s physical and mental decline. So despite the fact that Ali had “a lot of black friends” himself, even he couldn’t get away with it.

I doubt Roy Nelson has any idea what it was he actually said. And I doubt Daniel Cormier is going to take as much offense as Joe Frazier did. But this is entirely unacceptable. Nelson should expect to be hit hard by the UFC for this, maybe with the hardest punishment the promotion has ever handed down. I’m not so sure this is necessarily a fireable offense, or at least I don’t believe it should be, but it wouldn’t surprise me if it becomes one. Nelson’s contract is expiring soon and he’s never been Dana White’s favorite employee. If anything, he’s the perfect candidate for the UFC to make an example of if it wants to claim its personal conduct policy has some serious teeth.

Then again, maybe they’ll keep him around for one more fight. I bet Cormier wouldn’t mind.

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BEAM- June 15, 2013 at 12:38 am
Oh god. Lets all freak out because.
Mr_Misanthropy- June 14, 2013 at 1:33 pm
What are you nigger loving faggots carrying on about now?
El Guapo- June 14, 2013 at 12:10 pm
I agree with Clyde. Ass kisser would've been a more appropriate term for Cormier. Doesn't have anything to do with the color of his or Dana White's skin, as ass kissing transcends color lines.
Anyhow, tune in next week when CP let's Shunik troll us again. Chicks with dicks should be be allowed to fight women, Big Country should be fired for calling a black man a sellout... What will he think of next?
The12ozCurls- June 14, 2013 at 11:54 am
Well, i spoke 2 soon. Sorry George - I should've knocked on wood. Bummer.
nick diaz and the dub sack- June 14, 2013 at 11:34 am
Ya know Roy raises an issue here though. Why does Cormier want to beat up Roy "for Dana White"? Dana and Cormier aren't friends, they don't go way back and Roy never did anything to Dana that warrants a beating, so what is Cormier's logic here? Even if he's not an Uncle Tom, he's still an ass kisser. To quote the great philosopher, Nate Diaz #sorryasslittlebitch
boomer- June 14, 2013 at 10:38 am
oh big fuckin deal, this George Schmuck blew this shit up beyond what was needed.
Clyde- June 14, 2013 at 10:32 am
Well he could have said he was kissing the boss's ass, but that could be construed as implying they're gay and thus be homophobic comment which is just as bad so he's screwed either way.
The12ozCurls- June 14, 2013 at 10:00 am
Aaaaaannnnnnndddd, George Shunick comes out of this post unscathed. Congrats George!
Shunick- June 14, 2013 at 10:37 am
Thumblaster- June 14, 2013 at 9:49 am
@ master i've never been called that, I appreciate it, it's funny. At a bar in baltimore about 10 white assholes were fucking with a black guy because he was with a white girl. My freinds were'nt there yet but I jumped in the black guy and his girl were able to leave unharmed, because I was taking a beating till the cops came. It wss the best beating of my life because of the thank you I received from the couple. It pisses me off when i'm labeled a racist because i'm conservative, I do'nt give s fuck about skin color if your cool your cool if your an asshole your an asshole.
jasonmoles- June 14, 2013 at 9:47 am
Want me to call the whambulance for you?
SethF- June 14, 2013 at 9:29 am
If only he called him an Uncle Tom-a, there'd be no controversy...

masterbaitntackle- June 14, 2013 at 9:22 am
@El Famous Burrito: it's still okay to call people fat fuckin fucks....what they're gonna after you and sit on you?
Pen Fifteen- June 14, 2013 at 9:12 am
*Claims about reverse racism
*Anecdotes about black people using the n word
*Bitching about political correctness
*Assertion of the right to free speech

Any other categories of bullshit apologies on Nelson's behalf that we can add to this list?
masterbaitntackle- June 14, 2013 at 9:09 am
Seriously though....I could care less. I'm proud to be a black man....but I'm also a firm believer in calling a spade a spade (see what I did there, racists?) and all those guys that Thumblaster named are the uncle thomases, especially Michael Steele. I have no problem with someone from another race calling one of my people an uncle tom if they're acting like issue is when the people with the white sheets and dunce caps or the bad skinheads start with the violence against us
masterbaitntackle- June 14, 2013 at 8:59 am
@ thumblaster: you peckerwood wet dog/bologna smelling land and culture stealing embezzling ponzi scheme creating religion forcer upon-er unathletic steroid taking trailer trash sister fuckin' cracker ass cracker....hahahahaaaaaaa
Kintamachikara- June 14, 2013 at 8:52 am
Man. I wish people would get a grasp of the English language and grammar. Roy was quoting his friends, "Having a lot of black friends. They [Roy's friends] would say that would be more of an Uncle Tom move.”
Pushed to expand on what made it an “Uncle Tom move,” Nelson laughed and said “That’s what my friends were saying."
My friends say you're an ugly n*gger. Not me; I'm not saying that. My friends are saying that.
Thumblaster- June 14, 2013 at 8:35 am
So it's o.k. to call michael steele,thomas sol, j.c. Watts, clearence thomas etc. uncle tom's . Mabye nelson should have refferd to cormier as a house negro? Boom let the slurs at me fly..... Fags
Nightmare21- June 14, 2013 at 9:32 am
Do conservatives ever get tired of always playing the victim card?
masterbaitntackle- June 14, 2013 at 8:09 am
True story: back when I was in the Marine Corps, I was stationed with a klan member. He was actually a decent person, minus the whole disdain for my race thing
El Famous Burrito- June 14, 2013 at 7:56 am
Is it still okay to call people fat fucks?
mookiestick- June 14, 2013 at 7:32 am
Oh my Gawd, Nancey! Did he say "Uncle Tom"? These MMA people are so scarey...
Dog Dicks Magoo- June 14, 2013 at 7:30 am
God I hate Naggers. I mean, Roy is such a Nagger for saying that about Daniel.
danomite- June 14, 2013 at 7:16 am
I'm just going to make up my own slurs. Daniel Cormier is a cherry picking wangotango and Roy Nelson is a hog slapping cheese puffer.
Enricho Palazzo- June 14, 2013 at 7:02 am
"Ariel brought up Daniel Cormier’s recent statements that he wants to kick Nelson’s ass in part “for Dana White.”

From the WikiPedia link: "The phrase "Uncle Tom" has also become an epithet for a person who is slavish and excessively subservient to perceived authority figures, particularly a black person who behaves in a subservient manner to white people"

What exactly is the problem here?
Nightmare21- June 14, 2013 at 7:18 am
It's saying that the Cormier is being subservient to Dana White. In other words, Cormier is taking a role as a servant because he is black to Dana, because he is white. It's a racial epithet.
danomite- June 14, 2013 at 6:52 am
It's okay guys. Didn't you hear him say he has a lot of black friends?
Alan K- June 14, 2013 at 6:48 am
I think there are more homophobes than bigots on this site so this might not be too bad.

Prove me wrong, guys. Prove me wrong.
Nightmare21- June 14, 2013 at 7:22 am
I'm going to bet that there are an equal number of homophobes as there are bigots.