Francis Ngannou—an African migrant turned champion fighter—has partnered with a kingdom accused of mass murdering African migrants.
Ngannou's inspirational journey from the sand mines to the fighting ring is a powerful story ...However, his current association with Saudi Arabia places a shadow over this narrative. In fact puts a question mark over the integrity of his advocacy for migrants and human rights. Given the significant payouts involved, the ethical dilemma is undoubtedly complicated for Francis...or not!
Karim while I adore your work, I find this target rests uneasy with me as Francis is potentially taking down the biggest bully in the fight game and he can’t do everything all at once. Some focus is required and it makes strange bedfellows for certain.
The mainstream media is coming for Francis now. If he fights in Saudi Arabia, he, a black African immigrant, is responsible for the human rights abuses at their fucking border. As if him coming to America and fighting here in Trumps UFC made him responsible for the kids permanently severed from their families. Class enemies come dressed as allies.
The Saudi's are showing that the vast majority of people will compromise values for a pot of gold. I have no issue with people who have never expressed a view on Saudi, but those who have or have expressed views on topics which relate to Saudi like human rights etc and then take the money have no self respect (but they do have lots of money).
For me, I wasn’t buying their pay-per-view anyway so none of the parties involved for getting my money. I do think it’s sad but I mean Francis whored himself out for the Saudi money. It’s what he wanted. I’m happy that this is out there but it seems like athletes will whore themselves out for Saudi money. It’s just too lucrative and if you hold them accountable your replies are either deleted or they just say you hating.