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Once again, Joe Rogan’s podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience (JRE), is the center of controversy.
A collection of scientists, professors, and doctors — 270 total — have published an open letter to Spotify, the hosting company of JRE. Though they do recommend a particular course of action, the group requests Spotify Spotify “immediately establish a clear and public policy to moderate misinformation on its platform” to combat COVID-19 misinformation. After explaining the podcast’s exposure to roughly 11 million listeners per episode, the letter reads, “Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Joe Rogan has repeatedly spread misleading and false claims on his podcast, provoking distrust in science and medicine.”
In particular, the open letter takes issue with JRE #1757, an interview with Dr. Robert Malone. “In episode #1757, Rogan hosted Dr. Robert Malone, who was suspended from Twitter for spreading misinformation about COVID-19,” the letter reads. “Dr. Malone used the JRE platform to further promote numerous baseless claims, including several falsehoods about COVID-19 vaccines and an unfounded theory that societal leaders have ‘hypnotized’ the public. Many of these statements have already been discredited. Notably, Dr. Malone is one of two recent JRE guests who has compared pandemic policies to the Holocaust. These actions are not only objectionable and offensive, but also medically and culturally dangerous.”
Rogan is in a position of extremely high publicity, and his controversial embrace of Ivermectin as a COVID-19 solution has drawn even more attention. Still, Rogan has endured plenty of controversies at Spotify without major issue, and it remains to be seen if he suffers any consequences here.
Can Andrei Arlovski decision yet another up-and-comer? Man is 4-1 in his last five!
— Marcel Dorff (@BigMarcel24) January 14, 2022
This is a classic jiu-jitsu situation, wherein the obvious answer to the problem is, “don’t end up there in the first place!”
A pair of short fights boosted Conor McGregor’s stats, but still, pretty incredible.
One of the more unique reasons I’ve heard a promoter give for not paying its athletes!
Marcus Davis revealed he hasn’t been paid for his fight on Nov 19.
Claims the promotion’s CEO threatened legal actions if he went public.
Then he says the promotion told him the real reason was because the fed froze their account after an investor had ties to terrorism.
— Alan Murphy (@AlanMurphyMMA) January 14, 2022
Henry Cejudo is upset he didn’t receive the shot at Alexander Volkanovski, and now he’s calling out UFC/Dana White.
No crown. No cringe. No gimmick. Just facts…
I told @AliAbdelaziz00 “make this fight happen”. This isn’t a GSP situation, I’d defend the belt. The UFC & Dana White don’t want to give me a chance to make history. Dana is scared. It’s a monopoly.
— Henry Cejudo (@HenryCejudo) January 14, 2022
Claudia Gadelha vs. Shaq in BJJ:
Slips, rips, and KO clips
An important reminder ahead of tomorrow’s main event: Calvin Kattar has dynamite in his fists.
The ten year anniversary of quite arguably the greatest knockout in UFC history. Wheel kicks have become more common as a result, but at the time, it really felt unprecedented!
10 years ago today, Edson Barboza did this! pic.twitter.com/KsfBy5ZGaT
— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) January 14, 2022
This is about as clean an uppercut can land in MMA.
Michal Materla KO’s Rousimar Palhares with a devastating uppercut!!
— KSW (@KSW_MMA) January 14, 2022
A neat mode of transportation.
Midnight Music: I’m a longtime FKA Twigs fan, but I’ll admit I didn’t particularly dig her new mixtape that dropped today. Still, I listened to it tonight, so …
Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.