Next on Springer!
Interesting post I saw on Bloody Elbow via Fanhouse. This Finnish MMA guy, Toni Valtonen has quite a few very glaring, hateful tattoos on his body, including a swastika, iron cross, “Born to Hate”, and “White Pride” among others. I suppose it was only a matter of time that a sport based on aggressive fighting with a little counter-culture kick to it managed to get some numbskulls in it, but boy… this guy and Melvin Costa sure do take the cake.
It’s also worth noting that maybe someone like Cain Velasquez, who has a huge “Brown Pride” on his chest may want to rethink something like that. Yes, White Pride has a huge racist background due to the history of the past 120 years in Germany, the U.S. and elsewhere, I’m a hereditary Jew, believe me, I know. However, it is still notable and people like this can point and go “well what about him?”
Here’s what Valtonen had to say, “I had a crazy and rebellious youth, I made some faults in my past and I am not proud of these marks. I regret that I ever had these tattoos made. Nowadays I am a dedicated family man and professional athlete, and I am not involved in any politics whatsoever.”
I don’t buy that kind of bullshit. “Not involved with politics” means you aren’t going to rallies, not that you’re disavowing your “youthful indiscretions”. Pics of Valtonen, Costa and Velasquez below the cut.