It all seemed as if the sports world was back to normal as professional sports leagues around the world began to resume their seasons.
Things have come to a screeching halt as the NBA and MLB initiated strikes in protest of the shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin.
Former UFC interim welterweight champion Colby Covington has inserted himself in the news following the recent announcements.
Covington decided to share his thoughts on Twitter and called out NBA and MLB players who decided to protest.
“Oh wow, you postponed your games?!” Covington wrote. “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’s polarizing comments caught the eye of the MMA world as well as the attention of the current welterweight champion Kamaru Usman.
“I really wish someone would just break your jaw already,” UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman wrote, referencing the injury Covington was initially diagnosed with after a fifth-round TKO loss.
Usman also referred to an earlier post he made on Instagram showing two different videos: one of Blake’s shooting in Wisconsin, and a separate incident involving a Caucasian man in a similar situation but a completely different outcome.
“That’s food for thought of what the difference is,” Usman said. “They’re both human beings. What is the difference? One was black and the other one was white. That’s why I posted the video.
“That’s what we still live in. That’s what I’m expected to live in each and everyday. That is extremely painful.”
The shooting has caught nationwide coverage and even the former President had something so say.
“I commend the players on the Bucks for standing up for what they believe in, coaches like Doc Rivers and the NBA and WNBA for setting an example,” former President Barack Obama said. “It’s going to take all our institutions to stand up for our values.”
Covington returns to the octagon next month for a welterweight showdown against Tyron Woodley.