I received this from a friend in November, but due to work and family obligations, I failed to write this up until now.
I offer this principled stand for your consideration... personally, I will not compete in any tournament that permits TLI competitors to fight. At least that's my opinion, thus far. What do you think? Comments are moderated, be polite.
---- his story follows ----
Today (11/12/13) at 1:16 PM CST, I called the phone number provided on NAGA’s “Contact Us” page: 860-295-0403. I had attempted to call at 5:46 the previous evening, but got no answer and felt that leaving a message would do nothing.
A man answered the phone; if he gave me his name, I do not remember it. I introduced myself as a former competitor and asked him why Team Lloyd Irvin was still permitted to compete at his events. He asked me why they wouldn’t be.
I listed various reasons, among them Lloyd’s support of the rapists, Nyjah Easton’s questionable testimony, D.J. Jackson being a fugitive sex offender, and Lloyd’s massive liens from the IRS. He responded by telling me that he was not a judge or jury.
After a brief period of awkward silence, I asked him if it even bothered him what Lloyd had done. He responded by asking me what had held up in a court of law. I reminded him that D.J. Jackson was indicted and pled down, Nyjah’s testimony was on record, Lloyd’s liens were public knowledge, and that even if Schulz and Maldonado were acquitted, they still left an unconscious, bruised, half-naked girl in a 38 degree concrete parking garage.
When I also mentioned Lloyd’s SEO efforts, he spoke up, informing me that he was familiar with them. He told me he didn’t see the logic of banning a whole team based on one person’s actions, saying an NFL team isn’t banned from the league if a coach does something wrong. I reminded him that Penn State was ravaged by sanctions after the Sandusky incident. He said that the same response also occurred for gambling and that “it’s a totally different world” (direct quote).
As an aside, I am not sure what he meant here; if he was saying that the pros are different from college, he would be implying that NAGA is like the NFL, which is a frank overstatement of the former’s importance. He may have been saying that NAGA is a completely different world from football, which raises the question of why he made the analogy in the first place.
He concluded by telling me that he was “not having this conversation” and hung up. Being rather slow on the draw, I settled for giving the resulting static a piece of my mind.
I do not know if I spoke to Kipp Kollar, Joe Cuff, or Ryan Cook, all three of whom are listed on the contact page. In any case, I will no longer be competing in their events and will advise others to bow out as well. From what I can gather, their logic is every bit as poor as their morality, and if there’s one thing I hate more than bad people, it’s bad people who lack the capacity to at least somewhat justify being bad people..