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Monday, 08/12/2013, 11:47 am

War Machine Makes Controversial ‘Rap3′ Tweets & Bellator Boss Releases Statement

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Over the weekend the fighter formerly known as Jonathan Koppenhaver, took to twitter with a controversial post that upset the masses for his use of the word rape.

He later apologized for the comments, which he believed to be taken out of context, but the damage was done, which forced his boss to release the following statement:

“I agree with those who found Jon’s earlier statement to be offensive and inappropriate. And, while his public apology (“I tweeted something earlier that was stupid, insensitive and wrong. Rape is never something to joke about ever. I sincerely apologize”) surely does not excuse his statement, it does evidence his recognition of the seriousness of the situation and his realization that what he said was offensive, ignorant and hurtful. Since the day I entered this business, I’ve believed that my job was to treat our fighters like human beings and not like property. Human beings make mistakes and sometimes say stupid things.

I’m surely prepared to take action in warranted situations as evidenced by recent promotional contracts we have terminated with well-known, popular fighters who have committed assault and/or who have broken the law. But, in this situation, I remain hopeful that Jon will learn from his mistake, redeem himself and become a better man for it and I would like to give him that chance.”

War Machines Tweets are as follows:

Real men rap3. ( Their GF’s and wives, not strangers, don’t get your panties in a bunch.) — War Machine (@WarMachine170) August 10, 2013 (Deleted text from prior tweet)

His Apology:

https://twitter.com/WarMachine170/statuses/366364110344036353

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