Usually when a public figure uses the words "hate" and "homeless" in the same sentence it's to decry the state of those less fortunate than them and to speak towards the need for solutions to one of America's long standing problems. Flyweight Ian McCall, however, is not that figure judging from the tweet he sent out early Wednesday.
I hate the homeless ... I don't feel sorry for you. If you want change then let me throw it as hard as I can at your dirty face— Ian McCall (@Unclecreepymma) October 2, 2013
As a former drug addict, who has gone through a series of trials and tribulations over his MMA career (including a recent arrest due to lingering associations with his criminal past), McCall is in something of a glass house to be casting stones at those less fortunate than him.
I don't know that he'll see any fallout from the UFC code of conduct, as this seems pretty similar to the sort of statements made by Josh Thomson. While arguably more inflamatory, Dana White roundly dismissed the comments as "stupid" but also said that he "wouldn't suspend him for having an asinine opinion." As McCall isn't making any personal attacks and hasn't actually thrown change at a homeless person, he'll most likely still be available to fight Scott Jorgensen at UFC on Fox 9.
What do you think? Is McCall way out of line? Or is this just another case of athletes being over eager to share private views in public?
UPDATE: McCall later clarified that he only hates homeless Junkies in a pair of tweets, one a response to criticism from the UFC's Isaac Vallie Flagg:
Hate me all you want Ive been homeless n stung out. I changed that part of my life No sympathy for junkies who talk shit to me for no reason— Ian McCall (@Unclecreepymma) October 2, 2013
@IKEVF I did it myself. I'm focusing on junkies here not PTSD and lay offs etc should have clarified. Its called hard work and not giving up— Ian McCall (@Unclecreepymma) October 2, 2013
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