Lesnar’s “Third World” Swipe Awakens Canadians

If you listened to Brock Lesnar on ESPN this morning talk about his recovery from a severe case of diverticulitis, you heard him give the Canadian health care system a jab or three. Lesnar said during the appearance that lack of sufficient care by a physician in Canada nearly killed him. The MMA fighter added that only when he was treated by doctors at the Mayo clinic did his condition improve and later disappear.

(Might wanna hold off on eating out in Moose Jaw next time)

If Lesnar’s comment on the Canadian health care system Wednesday morning was a jab, his portrayal of it in a teleconference later in the day was more like a rear naked submission hold. He said of his experience, “They couldn’t do nothing for me. It was like I was in a Third World country.

Keep in mind that Lesnar condemned the entire health care system of Canada because of treatment he received reportedly in the tiny rural town of Gimli, Manitoba (population 5797).

It should also be noted that Lesnar said he sought sophisticated treatment in the tiny Canadian outpost only after embarking on a hunting trip despite knowing he was unwell before the excursion. Lesnar said he wasn’t aware of just how sick he was before the trip because he was misdiagnosed by an American doctor.

And why was he misdiagnosed? “It was my fault because they did want to do a CT scan on me and I didn’t want to do it. It’s my fault for being misdiagnosed,” Lesnar said.

Steve Cofield at Yahoo Sports was kind enough to upload Lesnar’s teleconference comments to Youtube:


By the end of the press conference, Lesnar realized how unfair his initial insults of Canadian health care was. Some of his backtracking:

“I’m not bashing the Canadian health care. I’m not bashing it at all. I’m a U.S. citizen, it just so happened I was in Canada. If I had been in Thailand or Puerto Rico, I would want to get back in the U.S. for my health care, you know? The reason I’m saying that is because there’s millions of people that don’t want health care reform and I’m one of them.”

Some MMA media members told me today that Lesnar’s predisposition to hyperbole is the reason Dana White has had him on a short leash with the media until today’s unfortunate performance.

What then is White’s excuse?