(‘To Tito, I’d like to say I’m sorry for calling your wife a whore. And to Jenna, I’d like to say I’m sorry for…well, for how your life has turned out.’)
You know how sometimes you get really, really angry and you say hurtful things that you don’t actually mean? Well, this is not one of those apologies. This is more like the apology for when you get angry and say things that you do mean, but later realize you probably shouldn’t have said anyway. Sort of like that time your stepsister with the stutter broke your Game Boy and you just couldn’t keep yourself from intentionally mocking her when she was trying to say she was s-s-s-sorry. Not only was it wrong, it was obvious, and only after you calmed down did you realize what a jerk you’d been. Still though, the girl did have a stutter.
That’s kind of what Mark Coleman’s manager, Mike DiSabato, is going through. After lashing out at Tito Ortiz and his pornstar girlfriend Jenna Jameson, who DiSabato seemed convinced was at the very least a carrier of swine flu, he has since apologized and issued a kind of verbal retraction:
“When I said what I said, I was very emotional. It was me responding without thinking, and that’s not really my style. Where that came from was, I have been a friend of Mark Coleman for over 20 years, we were in college together, and I just jumped right in to defend him. I feel he deserves a lot of respect for his achievements in this sport and I feel he does not always get the respect that he deserves.”
“But in retrospect I should not have made those comments. It is not my style to talk about another man’s wife like that and it is not something that we want associated with Mark Coleman. Those comments were mine and not Mark’s but it is still not the kind of thing this sport is about. The sport should be about two athletes competing against each other and showing respect to each other. I acted emotionally, not rationally, and it was not really appropriate as Mark’s associate, as a manager and as a fan of the sport.”
Damn, you’re telling me this thing is over before Tito even had a chance to offer an awkwardly worded Twitter rebuttal? What a disappointment.
I think we can all understand why DiSabato might have gotten worked up upon hearing that Ortiz had called his fighter a sissy. Coleman has a torn MCL, which is the kind of thing that probably happens more often when you’re training like a 25-year-old well into your forties. There’s nothing sissy about not wanting to fight on a torn knee ligament.
But when you have to fire back at Tito Ortiz, you have a few obvious options: his enormous head, his inability to speak in concise, complete sentences, and the fact that his life partner has had sex on film in the same room as a midget riding a tricycle, and it wasn’t even the weirdest thing she’s done by far.
The angrier you are, the more likely you are to pick the third option. And it probably feels pretty satisfying for the moment, even if that moment is fleeting.