Last night on FOX Sports Live, Chael Sonnen had a question posed to him regarding Floyd Mayweather’s recent fight and victory over Saúl Canelo Álvarez, and “what did (he) see when (he) watched that fight?”
In classic Sonnen banter, Chael replied:
“Look, Floyd (Mayweather) needs to keep doing what he’s doing, which is fighting complete tomato cans who we’ve never heard of before. I’ve never seen anybody in the history of America get so rich and so famous, out of having complete wimps throwing punch at their faces. I know what you’re saying, (gesturing to FOX Sports Live host) you’re saying, ‘Well, it’s happened before, what about Rihanna?’ Shame on you; classless. I will not stand for that. I will not stand for that. However, boxing has a misconception; too soon? Was it too soon?”
As it turns out, there must have been complaints, although, it’s not clear that Rihanna was one of the people offended by the remark or that she complained, but nonetheless, FOX Sports has felt obliged to issue a public apology.
As reported by Deadspin.com, who, as it turns out might also be the original complaining body, FOX Sports has issued a statement apologizing on behalf of Sonnen and referred to his comments as "inappropriate".
The statement reads as follows:
“FOX Sports regrets the comments Chael Sonnen made during last night’s edition of FOX Sports Live. They were an inappropriate attempt at humor that Sonnen acknowledges shouldn’t have been made and he apologizes to anyone who may have been offended by his remarks”
In hearing his comments, one really has to wonder whether or not the network is being too sensitive on the subject and reacting in a knee-jerk fashion to any / a (perceived) backlash. The reality of it is that when he made the remark everyone on the panel laughed. As such, two things are true. First, the remark was genuinely funny and second, because everyone on the panel laughed and no one corrected him, they too, are guilty of the same (politically incorrect) offense. As such, in issuing an apology, FOX should not only have apologized for Sonnen, but also the entire panel.