Death Sqaud!

Errrr...... Bomb Squad.

Jim Rome
May 17, 2019 - 10:01 am
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Tomorrow night in Brooklyn, Deontay Wilder will step into the ring against Dominic Breazeale to defend his WBC belt. And he will do so with bad intentions. Really, really bad intentions.

There is a history here. One that goes back a number of years, involving an incident in a hotel lobby between their families that included a lawsuit from Breazeale that was ultimately dismissed. There is bad blood and bad intentions.

Intentions so bad that the WBC has declared that some of Deontay’s comments have violated their code of ethics and will be addressed at a hearing. First off, the real news here might be that the WBC has a code of ethics. Heeeyyyyyy-ooooooooo!

But that layup aside, if you know that a boxer said something that was so controversial it’s going to inspire a hearing, you want to hear it, right? Well, you’re about to. But first, here’s a taste of what Wilder thinks of his opponent.

"This has been a long time coming for me and Dominic. He asked for this, and he shall receive. Just like the Bible says -- you ask, you shall receive. Come May 18 at the Barclays Center, he's going to get everything he receives. I'm gonna fade him out, baby. I can't wait. It's gonna be an amazing night for me and sad time for him.”

And there’s more: "I want to hurt Breazeale so bad. So bad, my blood is boiling right now. I can barely keep my composure right now. But due to the fact we can't get paid outside of the ring -- there's a lot of money on the line, baby, and my family got to eat. So with that being said, I will keep my composure until that time comes. I can't wait. Come Saturday, I can do whatever I want to do. You better gather around your loved ones. You all better gather around him tonight because come Saturday night, he may not be able to talk to you. Trust me. You know I don't play no games."

In case you didn’t know by now, Wilder is a knockout machine and he is a promotion machine.

And if you’re also unclear, he’s not a huge fan of Dominic Breazeale. But those comments about gathering loved ones weren’t the comments that got Wilder in trouble.

No…THESE ARE THE COMMENTS THAT GOT HIM IN TROUBLE. This is Deontay Wilder from earlier this week: "Dominic Breazeale asked for this. I didn't seek him out. He [came for] me. This isn't a gentleman's sport. We don't ask to hit each other in the face, but we do anyway. If you ask any doctor around the world, he'll tell you the head is not meant to be hit. This is the only sport where you can kill a man and get paid for it at the same time. It's legal. So why not use my right to do so?"

HOLY CRAP, D.

“This is the only sport where you can kill a man and get paid for it at the same time. It's legal. So why not use my right to do so?"

That is one hell of a line. Let me make something clear. And stand back, because it’s a pretty controversial statement, but that’s what you listen to me for. You come here for the iron truth. And here is the iron truth: I’m just going to put this out there. At me as much as you want, I don’t give a damn: I’m just going to say it: just as I have everything else my entire career…and I’ll wear it as long as I have to. Forever if need be. But... I am opposed to a boxer killing another boxer.

I have a very strict policy on that. I’m not having it. And apparently neither will the WBC.

WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman wrote on social media: "I have seen Deontay Wilder's comments, which are regrettable and completely against the spirit of our sport. I have known Wilder for a long time, and he is not the person he portrays in such comments. His metaphors are against the WBC code of ethics and will be addressed in a hearing."

Uh, Mauricio, that wasn’t a metaphor. A metaphor is a figure of speech. There was nothing figurative about what Wilder said.

But more importantly, our old friend Merriam-Webster defines a metaphor “as a figure of speech in which a word or phrase literally denoting one kind of object or idea is used in place of another to suggest a likeness or analogy between them (as in drowning in money)”

There was no likeness, no analogy, and no metaphor. No similes were used. There was no “like” or “as.” The quote from Wilder was:

“This isn't a gentleman's sport. We don't ask to hit each other in the face, but we do anyway. If you ask any doctor around the world, he'll tell you the head is not meant to be hit. This is the only sport where you can kill a man and get paid for it at the same time. It's legal. So why not use my right to do so?"

He wasn’t saying I’m going to metaphorically use my right to kill him and be paid for it. He wasn’t saying that Dominic being knocked out will feel like a death. He was not painting a picture, he was asking a question: “if you’re allowed to kill a guy in this sport, and they’ll actually pay you to do it, why wouldn’t I do it”

Look, I get that Sulaiman and everyone in boxing would feel really uncomfortable with that kind of language. Nobody wants to see anyone die in the ring. I know, that’s going out on a limb.

But if you are looking to get headlines and sell a fight, Deontay Wilder has one hell of a way of doing it. And it worked. I’m guessing him declaring that he intends to exercise his killing rights tomorrow night just moved a bunch more pay-per-views. Again, I do not condone actually killing someone in the ring. That’s been a very clear stance of mine over the years.

And nobody should be taking him literally. But this is the kind of stuff that made people love Mike Tyson.

Do you really think that Mike Tyson intended to eat the children of Lennox Lewis back in the day?

There are rants, there are great rants, and then there is one that ends with “I want your heart, I want to eat his children.”

Eat his children? He doesn’t even have the legal right to do that. At least Wilder is trying to approach things legally. Mike is up there talking about murder, cannibalism, and Alexander the Great.

Again, I want to repeat: I am opposed to a boxer murdering an opponent or cannibalizing his children. My record on that is clear. I don’t think Wilder literally intends to end the life of his opponent. He intends to beat him and to sell a few more pay-per-views. And it’s working. And that’s why this is such a huge Deontay Wilder house. DEATH SQUAAAADDDDD! ERRRRRR BOMB SQUAAAD!