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Ben Askren: ‘If you want your son to grow up to be a man, don't have him run around on a field kicking a ball’

Undefeated welterweight Ben Askren is not convinced that soccer is a sport that parents should consider for their sons.

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Ben Askren is clearly not a fan of soccer.

The former Bellator welterweight champion had some harsh criticism about the World Cup and the athletes that participate in it. He was particularly appalled with the amount of "faking" taking place in matches, deeming it unmanly.

"I’m not really a soccer fan. I understand they have skill and all that running up and down the pitch and what not.It was really the first time I watched soccer all year," Askren said in the video "I was really appalled when I am seeing all these guys falling on the ground, rolling around, crying. And then you know the worst part about it is, they show the instant replay and you can tell - most of these guys, they don't even get hit, they're faking it."

"There's no honor in faking an injury. There is no integrity because you are lying about it. And there's no toughness because you are in front of millions of people, and you're rolling around on the field, crying - CRYING - about a fake injury that never happened."

Askren expanded on his rant by proclaiming that parents that are interested in turning their sons into men should put them in wrestling programs and steer clear of soccer.

"When I'm thinking of sports, when I'm thinking of a boy growing up and being a man, I'm thinking of three things - honor, integrity, and toughness. And a grown man, faking an injury, rolling around on the field fails all three of those tests. Listen folks, if you want your son to grow up to be a man, don't have him run around on a field kicking a ball, get him wrestling."

Transcription aken from The UG

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