After scoring a third-round TKO in Saturday’s Ultimate Fighting Championship in Hollywood, Fla., Cuban-born Yoel Romero turned his post-fight interview into a bigger story than his phenomenal victory. In his broken English, he thanked Jesus.
The left went crazy — and it wasn’t with joy.
“What happened to you, USA?” Romero began. “What happened to you? What’s going on?”
He followed that up by imploring his fans to “go for Jesus,” and to “not forget Jesus.”
Some people jumped to the wrong conclusion and thought he said, “not for gay Jesus.”
At a post-fight press conference Romero, who goes by the nickname “Soldier of God,” insisted his words were misinterpreted.
“I didn’t refer to anybody,” he said, according to Steven Crowder. “What I was trying to say, was, ‘United States, thank you for giving me the American Dream.’ There’s no better country than this one because it is blessed by God. It’s in the dollars that this country was made by Christian people. That means it’s blessed by God.”
He also got a bit more specific with his religious beliefs, according to BloodyElbow.com, which reports on mixed martial arts arts and UFC events.
“God told Mary Magdalene, you’re a prostitute. Go, and don’t sin anymore. He told her with love,” Romero said.
“Who am I to judge anybody? Even though I didn’t refer to that, even if there was a misunderstanding, I will tell you guys something. God made man to be free. Anybody can do whatever they want. I wouldn’t be the type of person to critique anybody. I’ve got to look at myself first, to be a better person.”
That should have cleared everything up, right? Wrong.
After referring to Romero’s press conference remarks, and acknowledging that Romero had claimed he wasn’t referring to gays at all, BloodyElbow.com decided he was in fact referring to gays.
“Let us follow the assumption that Romero’s comments were indeed about the Supreme Court ruling,” writer Karim Zidan opined, sounding like a parody of pompous sportswriting (he might be trying out for The New York Times):
It is appalling to see sports athletes or celebrities of any kind, given their status as role models for the media-driven youth, offer such hateful remarks on personal freedoms and basic equality. Not only is it detrimental to that athlete’s personal brand – even if they are too shortsighted to understand that at the time – it spreads a hateful message through a powerful medium that may have unprecedented influence over certain people. Many idolize and draw inspiration from these athletes, so one can imagine the impact such messages could have on them, even if only on a subliminal level.
Romero’s clearly — almost comically — misunderstood words of love are now “hateful speech” and a “hateful message?”
It’s becoming clear our religious freedoms are under attack.
H/T: Louder With Crowder
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