The Blaze first brought you the story of Jacob Volkmann after the UFC fighter said he'd like his next opponent in the ring to be the “not too bright” President Barack Obama. "Someone's got to knock some sense into that idiot," Volkmann said last week -- a threat that apparently warranted the attention of the U.S. Secret Service who later paid him a visit.
On Wednesday, Volkmann told the Huffington Post that he regretted his contemptuous words for Obama, especially in light of last weekend's violent shootings in Tucson, Ariz. "I would never make that comment if that shooting happened first," he told HuffPo.
Volkmann, who runs a chiropractic business was reportedly upset with President Obama after he signed Democrats' health care overhaul into law last spring. "I'm a chiropractor, so I know the health care situation is not good, but he's making it worse," he said.
In addition to running his chiropractic business, however, Volkmann also serves as a part-time assistant wrestling coach for his local White Bear Lake High School in Minnesota. But his comments about Obama have landed him in hot water with school administrators who have since put him on paid administrative leave. According to Volkmann, the school district's director of human resources told him Monday that the district would be investigating his comments and other statements he's made about the president in subsequent news interviews.
Volkmann claims the school district was forced to take action against him after parents complained about seeing him on the news. "The biggest problem was that I was wearing White Bear Lake High School hats and shirts (during interviews), and that was why parents were calling in," he told the Star Tribune.
“I don’t feel like I was representing the school in a bad way,” he said. “I’m not just being an anti-Obama person. It is just these two polices is what I’m talking about.”
Volkmann said the school was most upset about his comments about waning to fight the president. "Their main complaint was that I said he was an idiot, which was probably a bad word to use," he said.
Though he doesn't regret commenting on President Obama's policies, he admitted he probably should've chosen his words a bit more carefully.
“The only thing I regret saying is saying that he’s an idiot, that is a bad choice of word,” Volkmann said. “I have a chance to make a difference with something that is affecting my life, why not?”