This week a group of union activists and veterans from “Unite Here” are calling on the Marine Corps to cut ties with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), a mixed martial arts contest. On Thursday, the group delivered petitions to recruiting stations across the country, making a push for the Corps to disassociate and end sponsorship of the UFC.
In a letter to Commandant Gen. Jim Amos, the group wrote, “We believe that, by aligning with the UFC, an organization that has tolerated homophobia, misogyny, and hate speech, the Marine Corps is violating its stated commitment of ‘maintaining dignity and respect for one another.’ Homophobia and hatred, in any form, are not consistent with the values that make the Marines an elite fighting force.”
In recent weeks, other military branches have been urged to cut sport sponsorship ties. In June, the Army announced it would no longer sponsor NASCAR following pressure by lawmakers in support of a House amendment to the 2012 defense spending bill. The proposal would make military sponsorship of sports illegal. In Monday’s edition of Marine Corps Times, Gina Harkins will have a report about the relationship between the Marine Corps and the UFC.
What do you think? Should the Marine Corps cut ties with the UFC?