Originally Posted by JimmyMoore
I fail to see any humor in this exchange. So you agree to give a guy an interview, refuse to answer a single question submitted, and then demand that he publish it. Straight dick.
But that's just it: it's not
an interview, because Lane wasn't interested in what Sonnen had to say. Lane had already decided what he wanted Sonnen to say, and framed his questions in a ham-fisted and transparent attempt to lead him to a pre-determined outcome. It's spectacularly arrogant, and suicide to try it on a guy as media savvy as Sonnen.
Trust me, if Lane had send a list of concise, thoughtful, insightful questions and Sonnen had reacted this way I would be all over Sonnen like a cheap suit. Hell, if he had sent him a list of concise, boring, unimaginative
questions I wouldn't be reacting this way. But he didn't.
Lane did an appalling job and Sonnen cleaned and gutted him for it. For those of you who think that Sonnen's humiliation of him was out of line, do you think even for a split
second that if Sonnen had made some gaffe and said something that portrayed him in a bad light, or was compromising in any way that Lane would have hesitated to publish it? Seriously
Sonnen said it best when he pointed out that the internet and the media makes shit permanent. There is very, very little room to hide in the digital age when so much of our communication is date, name and time-stamped. And that shit is a two
-way street between journalists and fighters. And journalists have had the rub of that particular green for quite some time. All Sonnen did was turn the tables.
Come to think of it, one of the few methods of communication these days that runs a decent chance of not being recorded (and therefore some plausible deniability) is a phone conversation. But then, there's no way that Lane would have called
Sonnen and pulled a stunt like this, right? He picked email specifically because it allowed
him to spew his own particular band of verbiage in the guise of a genuine request to seek Sonnen's point of view. And if he did start a phone interview the way he did here, he would have got the message pretty quickly that Sonnen didn't appreciate it and changed his tack.
Lane is the architect of his own misfortune. I'm honestly surprised that people are criticising Sonnen for reacting the way he did.
Oh, and for the record, Sonnen did
answer a couple of questions. Two closed ones. That Mr Lane took 84 words to ask.