Rampage Jackson Motorboats Karyn Bryant in Interview (Video)

Rampage Jackson is coming off a UFC 130 win over Matt Hamill Saturday, and he wants Jon Jones’ belt next. Before he gets to belts, he’ll have to unglue his face from chests. Continuing a pattern he’s long established of harassing females, Rampage got a little cozy with Karyn Bryant who interviewed him Saturday evening after his fight. At the end of the interview, Rampage mock motorboated her breasts. Here’s the video:

There are several aspects of this sort of behavior that needs to be addressed.

First off, this is a pattern for Rampage (see the videos below for further proof) and it’s clear he doesn’t understand how to treat females like professionals. Seriously, the guy borders on assault during interviews. His actions can be considered harassment in the workplace and are clearly inappropriate.

Secondly, the woman should be fired for her behavior. She was playing back to Rampage and more or less encouraging the behavior. Worse yet, she sadly wrote on twitter “I wasn’t offended by [Rampage] at all. We were clowning around. I thought it was funny! Plus, he didn’t ACTUALLY motorboat me! Never even touched me… I do have a pretty good right hand in case. Knees aren’t bad either. LOL”

What’s sad is that there are so many females who face the issue of respect in the locker room. Some players feel like females shouldn’t be in locker rooms. Moreover, many females feel pressure to acquiesce to their boss’ demands, many of which can be construed as sexual in nature. Having someone accept and enjoy the behavior does a disservice to females who really are victims of harassment.

Thirdly, the UFC is notoriously strict and subjective when it comes to issuing media credentials. If you’re extra critical of the UFC and they don’t like it, they won’t issue you credentials. Respected reporters like Josh Gross and Loretta Hunt were turned down for credentials to Strikeforce’s Diaz-Daley card in April. The UFC, if they don’t take action, is sending the message that reporters need to be female, good-looking, and willing to let fighters motorboat them in order to be credentialed. If you’re interested in actually covering an event or asking some real questions, the UFC isn’t interested. That’s a poor policy and one they need to address.

Thanks to Michael David Smith at MMA Fighting for the heads up on the Bryant interview. He also reminds us of some of these past examples of Rampage’s harassment of females:

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  • chrisfisher11

    rampage was joking around. i’m not sure how the woman deserves to be fired either.  she said she was part black, and laughed. thats it.  terrible article

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    So by your reasoning, I can shoot someone and it’s OK as long as I’m joking around? Sexual harassment is illegal.

  • Anonymous

    Wow. Rampage smiled, Karyn smiled…..where’s the issue here? This reads like somebody who has never touched a woman before standing on a soap box and crying out because he is scared by the charismatic black man. For someone who has Michelle Wie bikini pics as his most popular link, you sure are pretty worried about objectifying women.

    I was directed to this site for the first time today via this link. I’m certain that I will not be back. You’re a racist, sexist hypocrite Larry Brown.

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    It’s sexual harassment, that’s the problem.

  • Anonymous

    It’s only illegal if the recipient is offended.  Karyn Bryant admits that she was not offended, thus it is not illegal.

    Learn about the law before you start talking about it.  It will make you look slightly less stupid.

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    Rampage has done this to other women and it was unwelcome. Hence, sexual harassment that should be stopped so other women don’t have to endure it. How do you not understand that?

  • Anonymous

    Well, your comment is hard to understand mostly because of the run-on sentence right there in the middle of it, but since you are a radio guy I can see how the printed word might cause you problems.

    Anyway, from what I can gather of your comment, the attention to “other women” was unwelcome.  Which other women?  None of the women in the above clips made any comments along those lines, nor even looked particularly uncomfortable.  Are there some other examples you have, or are you just going to stick to projecting your attitude onto those clips?

    Additionally, UFC and Jackson are obviously worth lots of money.  What would be the incentive to NOT go after him and/or them on sexual harassment?  Rhetorical question, I know, since you’re still going to be stuck on ridiculously flawed arguments like “it is illegal so he should stop.”

    I’d have to say, judging from the “logic” you’ve displayed so far, I’d quit while I was behind if I were you.  It’s never good to be pwnt by commenters on your own site.

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    Next time put a little research into your comments please. If you did, you would know how offended the other woman was. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/writers/jimmy_traina/07/09/heather.nicholes-not-happy-with-rampage-jackson/index.html

  • Anonymous

    Nowhere in the article does it say she was offended.  She said she was “shocked,” but that is not nearly the same as being offended.  Perhaps you should have had someone read the article to you before posting it.

    I’d have to say, you’re definitely the worst sports columnist I have ever come across, and that’s saying something.  I hope they’re not wasting too much on your salary.  I know I’m done wasting my time on you, though.

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    She said it was awkward. That she did not like it. Described it as shenanigans, and said she was trying to finish as soon as she could while remaining calm. Learn how to read. I’m glad you won’t be back. We like to keep a high level discussion here and you obviously don’t fit in.

  • Karen Frattali

    Larry, it’s people like you that are the problem with our society.  Why make an issue out of something so trivial?  This really has NOTHING to do with you; get a life and stop trying to tell people how they should act.  And for God’s sake, the reporter in the video did not seem to care; why the heck do you think it’s your business to start a tirade over this?!?  I’m sorry, but “It’s sexual harassment” is not a case.  Did you think people were going to agree with this when you wrote it?

    Also, it’s funny to see women in lingerie advertised on your front page. I guess that’s better than a man talking about a woman’s body since that’s not illegal (yet anyway).

    BTW, I think Rampage should get to fight YOU in his next bout.  Oh wait, you would probably try to file suit for assault and battery…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gavin-Aisling/100001896040824 Gavin Aisling

    Sounds like Larry’s just jealous.

  • Anonymous

    LOL Good stuff!

  • Anonymous

    LOL Good stuff!

  • a person

    I agree completely with the author. Partly for this reason women should not be in men’s locker rooms for the same reason men shouldn’t be in women’s locker rooms. But regardless of where this happens it is uncalled for and uncivilized. It doesn’t matter if the woman says it’s cute or funny, because they could be thinking completely otherwise. 

    Look at the NFL, where a player recently got in trouble for catcalling a reporter. In Jackson’s case, some of his videos border on sexual assault and molestation. The UFC should reprimand him for his behavior. Just because you think Jackson is funny or he is your favorite fighter doesn’t excuse behavior like this in any case.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CGTXZZZBDKVMPLML5ZIPGT7IOY Trouser Trout

    Larry is obviously jealous that Rampage hasn’t dry humped him.

  • BrwnB3ar

    This is an MMA article, what astronomical standard do you hold for discussion here?

     They wear tattoo shirts…