Former UFC champion Colby Covington (15-2) won't be getting invited over to LeBron James' house anytime soon. Not for a friendly visit at least.
Taking to Twitter on Wednesday, Covington called out LeBron, the NBA and even the MLB for postponing games in solidarity with racial justice movements. He declared that if they want to make a difference, they should quit their jobs as athletes and become cops instead.
"Oh wow, you postponed your games?! Wanna prove you’re really about change? Quit your multi million dollar jobs and soft privileged lives playing a kids game, take a massive pay cut and perform the toughest job in America. Become cops!!!!"
Covington is an avowed supporter of the police, the military and President Donald Trump. He's made a number of controversial statements in the past that have gotten him into trouble in the media. But he's also parlayed his controversy into multiple prize fights in the UFC.
Naturally, Covington's controversial statement isn't earning him universal support. UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman (17-1), who beat Covington by TKO at UFC 245, took to Twitter to clap back at the brash MMA fighter.
Usman said, "I really wish someone would just break your jaw already."
LeBron James and the NBA aren't the only ones holding out anymore. WNBA, MLB and NFL teams are starting to join the fray.
As passionate as Covington may be about the issue, it looks like his message is going to fall on deaf ears.