Some athletes have longed for the day when the media wouldn't filter their comments. It's a great thing to have direct contact with fans, but there's also a downside. An athlete who sends out a tweet that the media may normally sanitize or ask for clarification about, hits the Internet unedited.
UFC fighter Forrest Griffin found out the hard way yesterday when he made a comment about rape.
Today, Dana White explained what Griffin's intent was.
"It wasn't a joke ... I contacted Forrest and Forrest is a mess now about this whole thing. Believe me, take it from a guy who has been in this situation. What happened was, Forrest Griffin said he woke up that morning and turned on his television and the whole thing about (Joe) Paterno and what's going on over there at Penn State, he said he literally switched the channel to another channel and they were talking about a woman who had been raped. The third channel he went to was another story about rape. His thing was that 'rape is the...