TUF: Nations contestant, Tyler Manawaroa, recently added his name to the growing list of people who have ruined their careers via social media. The Australian fighter, and current semi-finalist in the TUF: Nations middleweight tournament, had posted a racist photo on his Instagram account 18 months ago and also used a racial slur.
Because of this the UFC has stated that they will now offer Manawaroa a contract no matter how far he gets in the tournament. The Fight promotion issued this statement:
“The UFC organization had hired an investigation company in Australia to conduct thorough background investigations on potential contestants for ‘The Ultimate Fighter Nations’ television series. Unfortunately, the background checks did not uncover all of the social media history by contestant Tyler Manawaroa. The UFC is committed to having an environment that is free from discrimination. Consequently, UFC has notified Manawaroa that regardless of how far he advances in the completed television series, the organization will not be offering him a contract to compete in the UFC.”
Of course Tyler Manawaroa took to social media to claim the photo was “a joke” and said “racism isn’t funny.” This was too little too late as far as the UFC was concerned.
What Tyler Manawaroa and other public figures do not realize is that social media is forever. What you post, no matter how insignificant you think it is, will be picked up by someone and spread throughout the Internet.
Anything that can remotely be construed as racist will blow up and take on a life of its own. And when it’s overtly racist and you start dropping N-bombs, like Tyler Manawaroa did, consider your career over.
Manawaroa has since deleted the racist post but here is a screen cap (see, these things never disappear):