The world of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has erupted into an overdue discussion on the presence of predatory behavior in the sport and the culture of enabling that allows it to fester. With the conversation taking over the BJJ discourse, many of the sport’s biggest names have broken their silence on inclusivity and safety to discuss what the epidemic of abuse in the sport means for them personally.
“I can’t help noticing how this cover-up of multiple children being assaulted is an opportunity to position myself as the good guy in my feud with Fight Sport,” said world champion Gordon Ryan. “I couldn’t in good conscience stay silent at a time like this, or take a stance against the minors who were abused like the time I said the fancy amenities and travel provided by Jeffrey Epstein negated the negative effects of his abuse network, because of the inescapable weight of the fact that those being accused of malfeasance are also my personal enemies for unrelated reasons.”
Other prominent men of the sport have opted to offer a statement on how brave they are to speak up at a time like this because of all the hate they have already decided they will get for it, or to hope that with loud enough chest thumping about how much they hate abusers nobody will realize they’re scheduled for a starring role in the weeks to come. Reports note, with great consternation, this still somehow means they’ve done more than your coach, who has remained conspicuously silent while nervously refreshing their Instagram feed.