UFC lightweight fighter Jacob Volkmann has been hogging the headlines lately, and not for his debut spoiling victory over Antonio McKee that went down on the first of the month. Volkmann has come into the spotlight for negative comments he made toward President Barack Obama concerning his health care plan during a post-fight interview with MMAFighting.com’s Ariel Helwani.
In the interview, Helwani asks Volkmann who he would like to face next, and the chiropractor from Minnesota jokingly responded, “Obama,” adding, “He’s not too bright … someone’s got to knock some sense into that idiot. I just don’t like what Barack is doing.”
That one comment has become quite the headache for Volkmann, who has reportedly been visited and investigated by the Secret Service, and has now been put on administrative leave at his part-time job as assistant wrestling coach at White Bear Lake High School.
As part of the mini media blitz concerning Volkmann’s comments and their repercussions, “Christmas” appeared on Fox News Radio Network recently, where he discussed the most recent consequence of his remarks.
“They didn’t like how I was representing the school,” Volkmann said of his school’s choice to suspend him. “They said I was representing them bad because of what I said about the president and his policies.”
Volkmann had remarked on a recent episode of MMAFighting.com’s The MMA Hour that he was enjoying the recognition that he was getting and was hoping it would help build his star in MMA. Now, Volkmann is finding that the negatives are at least balancing with the positives, and he told Fo News that temporarily losing his job over the situation is borderline absurd.
“It’s a little irritating to be honest,” Volkmann said. “I think it’s kind of ridiculous that the school is pretty much saying you can’t voice your opinion and if you do voice your opinion you definitely can’t voice it against the policies of the president.”
Check out the original video of Volkmann’s interview with Helwani below, and you be the judge. Was Volkmann out of line? Does he deserve some of the negative feedback that he’s gotten? Let us know what you think in the comments section.