FOX Sports Issues Apology Over Sonnen’s Rihanna Crack

FOX Sports Issues Apology Over Sonnen’s Rihanna Crack


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, 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.

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  • lowstyle

    I get that domestic violence can be a touchy subject, but there's been so many rhianna/chris brown jokes that at this point it would surprise me if there was a big backlash for this one. The Glove enjoyed it.


      Look Chael needs to keep doing what he's doing, which is fighting people who dont have any ground game like a washed up Shogun or that Army dude Stan. First it was Silva then Bones until he waxed that azz(pause) now its Mike Jordan, Lebron James & Money May….this b*tch needs to shut up already

      • lowstyle

        stirring the pot = more ppv $ he's not gonna shut up. he could have made it more personal by saying "Well, it's happened before, what about Mayweather's ex-girlfriend."

        • Paulol

          She probs put up a better fight than canelo

    • Dabs

      Chael knows very little about boxing if he thinks Canelo is a can and Manny deserves a shot at Floyd…

  • grandslam

    What's there to apologize?? I agree with Chael.

  • Bruce Lee

    I guess Fox has never listened to the comedy channel on Sirius Satellite Radio. Very funny but a lot of racist, homophobic, misogynist, suicide, intellectually challenged etc etc jokes. They get away with it just as night time talk show hosts get away with jokes about politicians. Why? Its is recognized as an attempt at edgy humor. Put a warning at the beginning of the show and put Chael back on.

  • Cookie77

    Fox Sport apologize to Money Mayweather…. Clearly there was NO Can of Tomatoes in that ring…

    No where in sight. This a clear mistake in Sonnen and Fox apologize for not delivering a complete and factual opinions and views.

    • falcon4917

      If thats the case they will be apologizing for 90% of their news broadcasts.

  • Kevin

    Its a panel…if I wanted to watch something scripted I would turn on the News. Good on Sonnen, 100% agree with him. Boxing has been padding fighters records for decades in order to establish a "rivalry" based off stats.

    Mayweather may go down as being the best boxer of our generation, but due to his classless behavior (well below Sonnen's) he will never be fully appreciated for his gifts.

    And yes, Rihanna would have put up a better fight.

  • akieyugames

    now that was funny,

  • N.C.

    They're the new Tina and Ike Turner… whats the problem?