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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 ExiledOnline.com)

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.

Comments

  1. J.Jones Says:

    Fri, 06/14/13 - 06:31


    OK, CP comments section, I want a clean, fair fight. No hits below the belt, no rabbit punches, and protect yourself at all times. Also, as with Kogan and Diaz, the issue on trial here is common sense, not political correctness. Aaaand...FIGHT!
  2. Alan K Says:

    Fri, 06/14/13 - 06:48


    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.
  3. danomite Says:

    Fri, 06/14/13 - 06:52


    It's okay guys. Didn't you hear him say he has a lot of black friends?
  4. Enricho Palazzo Says:

    Fri, 06/14/13 - 07:02


    "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?
  5. danomite Says:

    Fri, 06/14/13 - 07:16


    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.
  6. Nightmare21 Says:

    Fri, 06/14/13 - 07:18


    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.
  7. Nightmare21 Says:

    Fri, 06/14/13 - 07:22


    I'm going to bet that there are an equal number of homophobes as there are bigots.
  8. Dog Dicks Magoo Says:

    Fri, 06/14/13 - 07:30


    God I hate Naggers. I mean, Roy is such a Nagger for saying that about Daniel.
  9. mookiestick Says:

    Fri, 06/14/13 - 07:32


    Oh my Gawd, Nancey! Did he say "Uncle Tom"? These MMA people are so scarey...
  10. El Famous Burrito Says:

    Fri, 06/14/13 - 07:56


    Is it still okay to call people fat fucks?
  11. masterbaitntackle Says:

    Fri, 06/14/13 - 08:09


    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
  12. Thumblaster Says:

    Fri, 06/14/13 - 08:35


    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
  13. Kintamachikara Says:

    Fri, 06/14/13 - 08:52


    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.
  14. masterbaitntackle Says:

    Fri, 06/14/13 - 08:59


    @ 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
  15. masterbaitntackle Says:

    Fri, 06/14/13 - 09:09


    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 one....my issue is when the people with the white sheets and dunce caps or the bad skinheads start with the violence against us
  16. Pen Fifteen Says:

    Fri, 06/14/13 - 09:12


    *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?
  17. masterbaitntackle Says:

    Fri, 06/14/13 - 09:22


    @El Famous Burrito: it's still okay to call people fat fuckin fucks....what they're gonna do....chase after you and sit on you?
  18. SethF Says:

    Fri, 06/14/13 - 09:29


    If only he called him an Uncle Tom-a, there'd be no controversy... (Hint: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f82oLNxCvHU)
  19. Nightmare21 Says:

    Fri, 06/14/13 - 09:32


    Do conservatives ever get tired of always playing the victim card?
  20. jasonmoles Says:

    Fri, 06/14/13 - 09:47


    Want me to call the whambulance for you?
  21. Thumblaster Says:

    Fri, 06/14/13 - 09:49


    @ 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.
  22. The12ozCurls Says:

    Fri, 06/14/13 - 10:00


    Aaaaaannnnnnndddd, George Shunick comes out of this post unscathed. Congrats George!
  23. Clyde Says:

    Fri, 06/14/13 - 10:32


    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.
  24. Shunick Says:

    Fri, 06/14/13 - 10:37


    DON'T JINX IT
  25. boomer Says:

    Fri, 06/14/13 - 10:38


    oh big fuckin deal, this George Schmuck blew this shit up beyond what was needed.
  26. nick diaz and the dub sack Says:

    Fri, 06/14/13 - 11:34


    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
  27. The12ozCurls Says:

    Fri, 06/14/13 - 11:54


    Well, i spoke 2 soon. Sorry George - I should've knocked on wood. Bummer.
  28. El Guapo Says:

    Fri, 06/14/13 - 12:10


    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?
  29. Mr_Misanthropy Says:

    Fri, 06/14/13 - 01:33


    What are you nigger loving faggots carrying on about now?
  30. BEAM Says:

    Sat, 06/15/13 - 12:38


    Oh god. Lets all freak out because.
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    Tue, 07/16/13 - 08:03


    [...] trying to turn it into a #1 contender fight for another division’s title, then bringing race into the equation, Nelson was able to successfully troll his way into a fight with Cormier despite coming off a loss. [...]
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