Forrest Griffin had been a favorite among Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fans but now cannot escape criticism from a recent tweet, even after a thorough apology. The UFC fighter’s tweet said: “Rape is the new missionary.” Griffin told Fox 13 that he was responding to the number of recent high-profile cases in the news involving rape, such as the Penn State scandal, and was commenting that rape has become commonplace.
“I feel bad, I want to apologize, I feel like a should be punished a little bit,” Griffin said Thursday after going to the local Rape Crisis Center in Las Vegas to apologize to the center’s Executive Director Hannah Brook. Fox 13 says Griffin also took a tour of the facilities and made a donation.
Apparently that’s not going to cut it.
Fox 13 reports that Nevada survivors of sexual assault, concerned parents and Las Vegas casino workers met Saturday outside UFC’s headquarters to protest the incident:
Saturday was the same day that the UFC made its prime-time network television debut, with Junior Dos Santos defeating Cain Velasquez for the heavyweight title.
Fox 13 reports that protesters demanded that advertisers and FOX Sports “drop the UFC” until the UFC makes it evident to the public that it no longer tolerates “violent, sexist and homophobic language.” Protesters demanded that the organization adopts and enforces a code of ethical conduct similar to those that exist in other professional sports.
UFC officials did not immediately respond to an email request for comment from the Associated Press. A UFC spokesperson had told Fox Thursday that they held a social media training seminar earlier this year to teach fighters the impact of their posts.