“Like on Stranger Things”- Brittney Griner Crisis Leads Joe Rogan to Make Inhuman Pop-Culture Reference

Published 11/26/2022, 7:30 AM EST
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – APRIL 09: Joe Rogan looks on during the UFC 273 event at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on April 09, 2022 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)

The estimated 11 million listeners per episode is a testament to the quality content that the Joe Rogan Experience delivers. However, UFC commentator Joe Rogan specifically caters to MMA fans with his JRE MMA Show sessions. In the latest episode, the 55-year-old hosted the flamboyant UFC bantamweight, Sean O’Malley.

O’Malley and Rogan discussed all things MMA- from O’Malley’s win over Petr Yan to upcoming UFC fights and the return of Conor McGregor. During their conversation, they also talked about the imprisonment of W.N.B.A. star Brittney Griner in Russia.


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Joe Rogan and Sean O’Malley discuss Brittney Griner’s penalty

In JRE MMA Show #133, Joe Rogan explained Brittney Griner’s sentence to Sean O’Malley. The two-time Olympic Gold medalist stands guilty of having carried illegal substances to Russia. Russian authorities detained Griner in February and convicted her in August. The ruling court sentenced her to nine years in a penal colony.

DALLAS, TEXAS – JULY 29: Joe Rogan attends the UFC 277 ceremonial weigh-in at American Airlines Center on July 29, 2022 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

Commenting on the issue, Rogan said, “What they’re doing now to Brittney Griner is f***ing insane. They moved her to a penal colony man.” The BJJ black belt strongly condemned how the punishment did not fit the crime.

“That’s justice?… you take a woman who’s a professional athlete, and a basketball player, and especially when it’s something like cannabis? Like, you know there’s health benefits for that, particularly for athletes.”

The former Fear Factor host even threw a pop culture reference parallel to the situation- “They’ll f***king move you to Siberia and you’ll live in prison in Siberia. Like on Stranger Things, remember? When the dude gets arrested in Russia?”


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Talking along similar lines, the pair discussed the legalization of such substances and how they could affect society.

Rogan and O’Malley on legalizing the substance

Moving on from Brittney Griner, O’Malley asked Rogan about the implications of legalizing cannabis. The 28-year-old asked Rogan if it would reduce crimes and prevent deaths from consuming tainted substances at the risk of creating more addicts.


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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 07: Sean O’Malley is interviewed after his victory over Jose Quinonez in their bantamweight fight during the UFC 248 event at T-Mobile Arena on March 07, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Rogan reiterated a quote saying there are no solutions but only compromises in these situations. Rogan stated firmly that the legalization of stimulants would lead to more deaths. He added it would raise the number of addicts as well.

However, he added that legalizing will take the mystery away from them. The JRE host mentioned the possibility that once people understood how damaging they are, they could automatically drift away from them.


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What are your thoughts on the Brittney Griner situation? Do you agree with Rogan’s take on the issue? And what do you make of his opinion on legalizing drugs? Let us know in the comments below.



Yeswanth Praveen

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Yeswanth Praveen is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. His interests mainly lie in the realm of MMA, bodybuilding, and the fitness industry. He finished his Master's in English literature from EFLU, Hyderabad.

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