Since the NJAC released a buttload of statements trying to justify their actions on Saturday night, it’s been one athlete after another coming out and basically calling them on their bullshit. Today’s example of this is from James Thompson, who took exception to the idea that he thought Dan Miragliotta was Kimbo when he shoved him:
“You see, this is what almost is the most annoying to me, is the fact that I was just so disgusted and that I was so in shock by it. In disgust, I kind of shoved him. I went to shove him away and I caught his face. Now, I did that completely knowingly and completely purposely. It’s kind of like they take pity on me. Someone said “Oh, I think he thought I was Kimbo.” It’s even more insulting. Don’t get me wrong, I was rocked. But I was completely coherent. I saw him stop it; I followed his hands; I looked right back (and) I said to him, “What are you doing?” For him to say that he thought I thought he was Kimbo is absolutely ridiculous. I’d rather just get fined if that’s the case. For him to say I thought he was a black man with a beard- it’s insulting, basically.”
What’s funny is this probably IS going to result in Thompson getting suspended and fined by the NJAC. I’m sure they were willing to overlook it if Thompson kept his mouth shut, but I doubt they’ll let someone shove a ref and then flaunt it without getting a good 4-6 month vacation to think about what he’s done. Who knows, maybe the suspension will be long enough for James to pick up some skills or something.