(Is Mitrione dumb, or too smart for your tiny brain to even comprehend?)
Matt Mitrione got a lot of heat for his inability to keep a secret on last night’s episode of “The Ultimate Fighter,” and his less than compelling ‘switch it up’ defense may have resulted in him coming off as, for lack of a better word, a complete idiot. But don’t be fooled, Mitrione says in his FightMagazine.com blog, for all is not as it seems:
I’m the villain of tonight’s episode but reality TV isn’t always real. Because of the nature of the show I can’t get into the details right now but it’s safe to say that Scott Junk threw me under the bus. …I found out that Justin Wren was going to fight Scott Junk and for reasons I can’t get into right now I told Junk. For some reason he told Wren and then he gets on the f***in’ video and calls me a f***in’ meathead who can’t control his mouth.
I’m a college graduate with a successful business, I’m an intelligent person and I know what I’m doing. For Junk to try to play me like an airhead retard who can’t put one foot in front of the other? F*** him. So from that point on all I cared about was f***ing his ass up. But I just had to eat it. I had to eat it and apologize and say I just wasn’t thinking. Even if the rest of the guys knew the whole story they’d have given me a hard time because I was going to sell them out but it was the best strategy for me. …At the table I was reeling so I kept saying, ‘we’ll just switch it up, we’ll just switch it up.’ They didn’t show me going to the coaches after that and saying, ‘let me fight Junk, let me fight Junk.’
…From that moment forward I did everything I could to manipulate the best possible outcome for me. It may not make me look good right now but everything will make sense by the end of the show. I may be a guy who’s coming up with schemes but I’m no dummy, I’m no punk, and I’m no snitch.
Well, someone is certainly following the reality TV playbook. When an episode makes you look like a moron, blame selective editing. When nothing you’re doing seems to make sense, explain to people that they can’t see the big picture yet. After all, this ain’t checkers. Shit is chess, son, and Mitrione isn’t here to make friends.
One thing though, Mitrione insists he isn’t a snitch, but he also acknowledges that he intended to sell his teammates out because it was the best personal strategy for him. Isn’t that pretty much what a snitch does? You aren’t going to win anybody over by explaining that your reasons for snitching on them were for your own benefit. That’s like Sammy “The Bull” Gravano saying that he’s not really a snitch because he only testified against his pals in order to avoid a ton of jail time. It may be true, but it doesn’t make the people you just screwed want to strangle you any less.