Exclusive – Terrance McKinney Admits He ‘Respects’ Joe Rogan For Addressing Controversial Comments

    ByRoss Markey

    Feb 15, 2022
    Terrance McKinney

    UFC lightweight prospect, Terrance McKinney has admitted that he has some respect for promotional color commentator, Joe Rogan, after the podcast host held himself accountable for using the n-word on his podcast amid the release of a viral video last week.

    McKinney, who is slated to return at UFC Vegas 49 later this month in a rescheduled pairing against Fares Ziam, debuted in the organization back in June at UFC 263 – stopping Matt Frevola with a jaw-dropping seven second knockout win. June’s victory over Frevola came as McKinney’s fourth on the bounce, following prior victories over Michael Irizazzy Ortiz, Toninho Gavinho, and Dedrek Sandars.

    Recently, however, McKinney jumped to the defense of UFC color commentator, Rogan, after a viral video emerged detailing the comedian and podcast host using the n-word on no less than 23 instances over a 12 year period on The Joe Rogan Experience and during standup sets.

    Defending Rogan on his official Twitter, McKinney claimed that he believed Rogan was not, in fact, racist, and insisted that he did not need other people telling him he should feel offended by the commentator’s comments.

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    “I don’t feel Joe Rogan is racist, and I don’t need white people telling me what he says is supposed to offend me,” Terrance McKinney tweeted.

    Speaking with Current MMA reporter, James Lynch during a recent interview ahead of his February 26. bout with Ziam, McKinney doubled-down on his defense of Rogan, detailing how he has respect for him for the fact he owned up and held himself accountable for his comments.

    “I just felt it was the right thing (to do),” Terrance McKinney said of defending Joe Rogan. “Because, I know, we’ve all been with our homies and said some racist jokes, and been like, ‘ehhh?’. You know, we all say ignorant stuff, you know. But as long as you’re a real man and you own up to it, like, ‘Uh, I probably shouldn’t have said that,’ and apologize, I respect you.”

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    McKinney then cited Rogan’s decision to praise him for his stunning knockout victory over Frevola as proof that the former was not, in fact, racist.

    “I just know for a fact – I’ve experienced racism, I’ve seen it,” Terrance McKinney said. “I know he’s (Joe Rogan) not that (racist). Like he wasn’t even coming out in the fights when I made my debut, but he came out to give me praise because he saw what an excellent performance I did. Like, if he – a racist wouldn’t do that, no matter what, you know. If they don’t like our race, he would not have did that and that just speaks for itself right there.”

    McKinney detailed how has received some notable criticizm for his decision to defend Rogan, and admitted that he is totally unfazed by those comments.

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    “Yeah, it’s nothing I haven’t experienced before, man,” Terrance McKinney said. “I was on the news looking like a crackhead, you know. There’s nothing anyone came do to do faze me, you know. I’ve already experienced the worst of the worst, and the best of the best, you know. I’m unfazed, you know.”