My thoughts on Monday's Bryce Mitchell interview
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As you can imagine, I have received lots of feedback on yesterday’s Bryce Mitchell interview, so I wanted to share some post-show thoughts on it with my friends here.
In short, I don’t regret the way I handled it.
A very small amount of people said I should have ended it earlier, and I can see their point, but that thought never really crossed my mind, to be honest.
My main objective, once it was clear he didn’t want to talk MMA, was to show the audience that two people who don’t agree on any of this stuff can still shake hands (virtually) and walk away from the conversation with respect.
Again, to be clear, I don’t agree with the vast majority of what he said. But I am also not really offended or persuaded by anything he said, either. It was so out there, how could I be? Honestly, I felt like he was doing a good job of his discrediting his theories on his own. I mean, when a cab driver in Vegas is your best source ….
Do I wish he didn’t say certain things? Yes. Absolutely. And I can see why some may have been offended by it.
But while I was having an internal dialogue about how to proceed, and I’m sure I’m going to think about this one for a while, I came to the quick conclusion that I was going to let him say what he wanted to say — to a degree — while also showing that I didn’t agree with what he was saying and also respectfully refuting the most outlandish stuff.
I’d like to think I accomplished that.