Finnish fighter's body art says it all (and then some)
Michael David Smith of Fanhouse was first to recognize the incendiary skin art of Finnish fighter Toni Valtonen, uncovered during an HDNet broadcast Friday. Valtonen, who has a 19-9 record, competed with dressing tape over his "White Pride" and swastika tattoos, which eventually worked its way off.
"I had a crazy and rebellious youth, I made some faults in my past and I am not proud of these marks," Valtonen said in a statement. "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." Clearly not. What could possibly give us that idea?
Valtonen joins a list of athletes in the sport who have appeared sporting highly dubious markings. While I'm all for free speech -- and continue a dogged campaign for my employers to let me utilize several choice curse words in an industry in which they're almost a daily necessity -- a certain level of tact should be maintained. I couldn't get a job as a bank teller or a pizza-delivery man with "White Pride" emblazoned on my forehead. Why should Valtonen get work in a shirtless job? Have your beliefs, but face the consequences.