UFC Sets The Line On Rape Jokes

 By Steve Cofield

Early Wednesday morning, Torres tweeted what appeared to be a rape joke (that may or may not be a line from the television shows "It's Always Su

nny in Philadelphia" or "Workaholics"). By Thursday night, the former 135-pound champ was without his job.

What makes the situation dicey is that it wasn't the only "rape joke" made by a fighter on Wednesday.

During the UFC on Fox 2 press conference in Chicago, White watched Rashad Evans drop a line about the Jerry Sandusky/Penn State child-rape tragedy.

On the heels of a rape joke from Forrest Griffin in November, it put White in a position where he had to do something.

The UFC president told MMAFighting's Ariel Helwani that questionable speech by fighters will be handled individually. He accepted the explanations from Griffin and Evans, but not Torres.

White spoke with SI.com where he first revealed the disciplinary action for Torres.

[...] He said he hadn't heard what happened to Forrest. Really? Where do you live? What business are you in? How do you not hear about these things? You should have paid more attention. It's to the point now where, there's going be times when things happen and mistakes are made. I cannot defend Miguel Torres. I cannot defend what he said. What he said makes no sense other than when he says, "It was a joke." Well, I don't think that's a funny joke. I think it's disturbing. [...]

It's being announced right now to you. You're the only one that knows. Miguel Torres has been cut from the UFC and his career with us now is over.


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