Chael Sonnen a Republican who is running for state representative for West Linn has some strong words for his opponent.
But not the opponent he will face in November, instead the opponent he’s referring to is Anderson Silva- a mixed marital artist who will face Sonnen in the ring later this summer.
However, this sort of trash-talking might have a racial dimension to it.
On May 31, Sonnen tweeted, “Ed, pray to whatever Demon effigy you prance and dance in front of with your piglet tribe of savages that I decide not to CRUCIFY you.”
Sonnen is most likely referring to Ed Soares who manages Silva.
Both men are from Brazil, and Soares manages primarily fighters from the country.
This talk strikes Dedrick Muhammad Senior Organizer and Research Associate for the Program on Inequality and the Common Good of the Institute for Policy Studies as xenophobic and racist.
“Trash talk in mixed martial arts is not unheard of but this type of talk I am sure you will agree crosses the line and deserves to be challenged. I am hoping some local group in Oregon will challenge this Republican candidate for public office over this offensive language,” he wrote in an e-mail that brought the issue to our attention.